Women’s Leadership and Participation Transforming the Humanitarian System
Organiser(s): Namalie Jayasinghe; Joe Read

Co-Organizers: Arab Women Organization of Jordan, CARE, Dynamique des Femmes Juristes (DRC), and Oxfam

The power of patriarchal structures and entrenched ways of working that consistently devalue women’s contribution to humanitarian action cannot be underestimated and highlights the gender gap within ‘traditional’ humanitarian ethics and principles. Women’s priorities must be central to humanitarian action, and the best way to make this happen is to have them lead such efforts. Without women’s leadership and participation, local humanitarian leadership (LHL) and humanitarian action will be less effective. This panel explores how feminist thought can transform LHL and humanitarian action, centering the experiences of women and women’s organizations (WOs) at the local, national, and glob ..

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