UN Women stands in solidarity with the global humanitarian community, recognizing the strong collective action needed for an effective response and positive impact. It takes a “humanitarian village” for this – including community volunteers on the front lines of the response, civil society, Red Cross and UN agencies, as well as donors and local governments. In many situations, women-led organizations and women’s rights organizations play a particularly vital role in protecting and fulfilling women’s rights, where only they are able to access women and girls and respond in a culturally appropriate way.
UN Women’s humanitarian services, in partnership with women’s groups and organizations, improve the livelihoods, protection and self-reliance of women and girls affected by crisis. We contribute to humanitarian response efforts in more than 40 crisis situations, helping women to lead decision-making and ensuring that humanitarian assistance meets the needs of people of all genders and ages. The Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund, for which UN Women serves as the global secretariat, enables women from women’s rights organizations to participate in decision-making in humanitarian and crisis response. The Fund has supported more than 600 grassroots women’s organizations working on the front lines of crises around the world since its inception in 2016.
It is crucial that women are equal participants in the planning and decision-making of all efforts to meet humanitarian needs, with their leadership and contributions recognized and valued. Women and girls play a key role in the survival and resilience of crisis-affected communities. In times of crisis, women are often the first responders. They are also disproportionately affected by conflict or disaster. These multiple roles must be reflected in any response planning.
Today, we commend and thank those who continue to provide much-needed life-saving assistance despite overwhelming challenges, so that no one is left behind. We commemorate those killed and injured serving women, men, girls and boys affected by crisis. And we celebrate the solidarity of the collective “village” that continues to move forward in the journey towards achieving the 2030 Agenda.