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International Women's Day 2017 case studies

Date added

08 March 2017


Women are among those most affected by disasters but in many countries are under-represented in humanitarian leadership positions. On International Women's Day 2017 we celebrate women as change makers, those women working in humanitarian aid who are changing aid for the better.

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This collection of case studies focus on women from the Philippines, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Jordan.

  • Clementine and Ivy are members of On Call, a roster of skilled, trained and experienced people who can be deployed across the Philippines to support emergency responses by any agency.
  • When tropical cyclone Mahasen hit Bangladesh in 2013 it destroyed the houses and livelihoods of more than 1 million people. Laily Begum, Women’s Group Member and former president of Union Disaster Management Committee, who was instrumental in responding to the crisis.
  • Through training, Ribhieh has improved her role as a leader in the sector and Lina has used her knowledge to ensure girls are more engaged in education.
  • Daw Hla, a community resilience leader, organises women’s groups to prevent and be prepared for upcoming disasters in the remote and hilly region of Southern Shan, Myanmar.

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