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Twitter chat: the risks and rewards for women in humanitarian aid

Time (GMT +01) 13:00 14:30
Hero image description: A woman in the informal tented settlements in North Bekaa, Lebanon. Image credit:Pauline Maroun/Women Deliver Image license:© Women Deliver


Jemilah Mahmood @JemilahMahmood – Under Secretary-General, Partnerships, IFRC

Degan Ali @DeganAli– Executive Director, Adeso 

Caroline Anning @CarolineAnning – Advocacy and Policy Director (Syria response), World Vision Syria

Jennifer Bose @jennbose – Emergency Communications Officer (Yemen), CARE 

Nasra Ismail @Nas_Isms – Director, Somalia NGO Consortium

Wafa Kafarna @KafarnaWafa – Women’s rights advocate, Palestine

Lilianne Fan @LilianneFan – International Director, Geutanyoe Foundation


Aid work can be thrilling and rewarding but it can also be a frustrating and dangerous line of work. Conditions are tough, trauma is pervasive and it can be a struggle to maintain a personal life.

From tackling issues of safeguarding, pay gaps, operating in traditionally male-dominated societies and dealing with cultural perceptions in response, life for female humanitarians can be challenging.

On World Humanitarian Day we discuss these issues with perspectives from a range of humanitarians around the world. Join the conversation by following @hpg_odi and using the hashtag #WHD2019

Explore highlights from the Twitter chat: #WHD2019 - Risks and rewards for women humanitarians