World Humanitarian Day 2019

A tribute to #WomenHumanitarians.

Today on the 10th anniversary of World Humanitarian Day, the UN pays special tribute to Women Humanitarians. This year’s campaign on Women Humanitarians supports the recognition that women deserve in the strengthening of global humanitarian response as well as in protection efforts under the international law.

The History of World Humanitarian Day begins on the 19th of August, 2003. A dark day when the United Nations Headquarters in Baghdad was bombed killing 22 people,  all humanitarian workers. In the wake of this tragedy, ambassadors from around the world drafted a UN resolution to strengthen humanitarian coordination, marking the 19th of August as a day to honor and celebrate humanitarian workers.

Humanitarian action aims to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity in the aftermath of man-made and natural disasters.

Today at APOPO we feel it is important to recognize the compassion and bravery of our dedicated women humanitarians that are providing lifesaving assistance to communities impacted by landmines and tuberculosis.

Meet Malen, she grew up in a small village in Svay Rieng near the border with Vietnam and at a very young age witnessed a man she knew from her village step on a landmine and lose both his legs. Malen’s passion to join APOPO was driven from her own experiences when she was growing up, of the devastation caused by the explosive hazards left from the conflict.

And this is Marygiven, born in Tabora in north-west Tanzania, she was fascinated by science from a very early age. By the time she was six she wanted to be a doctor but over time she realized that she preferred working with patients indirectly. Her attention to detail and consistency in work led her into the field of research and laboratory technology and finally to APOPO where she is proud to help save lives alongside the HeroRATs.

Women working in crises around the globe deserve to be celebrated and are needed today as much as ever to strengthen the global humanitarian response. APOPO salutes the efforts of women humanitarians across the organization and world, who rally to people in need.