Canada honors "remarkable resilience" of women humanitarian workers on World Humanitarian Day
Canada’s minister of international development and minister for women and gender equality, Maryam Monsef, released a statement acknowledging the important service of humanitarian workers and specifically highlighting the crucial role of women around the world in crisis response. Minister Monsef stated that Canada will always support needs-based and neutral humanitarian action. Canada has recently implemented a new gender-responsive humanitarian action policy.
The focus on women for this year's World Humanitarian Day comes after a second-deadliest year for humanitarian workers on record; the 2019 Aid Worker Security Report documented pervasive sexual violence against female humanitarian workers, and strongly emphasized the need for improved awareness and reporting of sexual harassment and assault, as well as proactive and responsive safety measures for female workers in the field.