Women: focus on World Humanitarian Day

#ShareHumanity on World Humanitarian Day. UNOCHA

Giving "a voice to the voiceless" through social media

Giving "a voice to the voiceless" is everyone's responsibility and not just a task for the UN, NGOs and celebrities. To raise awareness about humanitarian issues, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, ran a social media campaign which disrupted people's newsfeeds with stories from the field. Siobhán Garside met with Natasha Scripture, global spokesperson for the World Humanitarian Day campaign, to discuss this year's theme: #ShareHumanity.


Inna Modja. Photo Courtesy of Warner Music Group.

Malian singer Inna Modja explains how music saved her life

Singer Inna Modja was subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as cutting, when she was a little girl in Mali. The experience left her feeling worthless, but through music she strength and now uses her voice to advocate on behalf of women and girls. Inna Modja was one of three artists who performed at the UN in a concert celebrating World Humanitarian Day. Cristina Silveiro sat down with her prior to the show to learn how music saved her life.


Silke von Brockhausen assessing border security between Sierra Leone and Liberia. Photo: UNDP

Women have all the skills to be leaders in humanitarian response

Although women possess the skills and perseverance to be leaders in humanitarian work, they are still underrepresented in the field, according to an official with the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Silke von Brockhausen, a UNDP Communications Specialist, believes women humanitarian workers can more easily connect with women in the communities they serve, whose influence is crucial to disseminating messages during crisis situations.

Ms von Brockhausen is frequently deployed to hotspots at very short notice to help raise visibility and get greater support for countries in need. In the last year alone she volunteered at the UN Ebola Mission in Sierra Leone and in Vanuatu in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam. Ahead of deploying on a possible new mission to Yemen, Ms von Brockhausen spoke with Ana Carmo about the importance of having more women in the field.

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10’00

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