The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread around the world with over 5 million cases reported to date. However, with a large segment of the world’s population affected, women are being disproportionately impacted by the pandemic yet continue to be excluded from critical decision-making forums. This article will highlight the roles women are playing in response to the pandemic, how we’re uniquely impacted by the crisis, and what we as women professionals can do to improve our condition in the wake of the pandemic.

“I feel like an octopus with eight tentacles because I am the centre person in my family…

Whilst women writ large are making progress in fighting for equality and a seat at the table, women of colour are being left behind. Across industries, women of colour face heightened discrimination based on their gender and their race: they move up the career ladder slower or not at all, and are less likely to receive critical support from supervisors, without which career growth remains elusive. These challenges to growth are additionally compounded by the aid industry — where staff are more accustomed to seeing women of colour on the other side of the beneficiary line than leading a Humanitarian…

Adamawa, Nigeria — 19 August 2014, Rosalia Gitau, HWN co-founder, visits a Women’s Health Clinic in Northeast Nigeria

We call upon the IASC Principals in Geneva to go beyond awareness to action — three years on.

This 19 August, World Humanitarian Day (WHD) was dedicated to commemorating the contributions of women working in the aid industry. Comprising 43 percent of the aid employees, ( Devex survey), women aid workers are the first to respond to crises and among the last to leave: from responding to the Ebola outbreak in Congo to supporting Rohingyan refugees, humanitarian women are at the frontlines saving lives and easing human suffering.

69% of women aid workers are sexually harassed by their male colleagues

However, despite their contributions — and in high-risk environments at that — they face some of their most…

Miriam Chisanga

As a journalist I enjoy writing and telling stories that my audience is able to relate to. I write about everything from Art to Humanitarianism.

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