Women’s leadership in humanitarian crises
How ActionAid works to advance women’s leadership in emergencies
Based on requests from women in countries where we work, ActionAid provides women with training on women’s rights, leadership skills and disaster preparedness so that they are better equipped to lead their communities and know their rights in times of crisis.
We promote women’s engagement as leaders with the international aid organisations that we coordinate with in times of emergency, so that their voices are heard directly at all levels of decision-making.
We work with women’s organisations to promote protection in disasters, including providing safe spaces for women. Safe, inclusive, women-only spaces offer more than just refuge: they can foster women’s leadership, agency, and collective capacity to challenge violence and abuse in times of crisis.
Most of ActionAid’s emergency responses include cash grants or livelihood programmes which increase women’s access to resources. Where women control resources, their status and influence in the community increases.
All of these activities can help to bring about long term change in transforming gender relations in communities. By opening the space for women’s leadership alongside men, this contributes to women’s empowerment and the transformation of women’s positions in households and communities.
ActionAid’s pledges on women in humanitarian leadership
At the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016, ActionAid pledged to increase our support for women’s leadership in humanitarian responses in the following ways.
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