November 26, 2019
Mendy Marsh, Co-founder and Executive Director
Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the start of 16 Days of Activism. VOICE joins our sister organizations in calling for urgent change.
Sexual violence and exploitation are crimes being perpetrated against girls and women caught in some of the world’s worst conflicts and crises.
And the very people who are working to end this – women humanitarians working on the frontline of global emergencies – are themselves experiencing sexual harassment, bullying, and demeaning or discriminating treatment simply because they are women.
Violence against women is one of the most prevalent human rights abuses, we know that 1 in every 3 women will suffer violence in their lifetime. This includes harassment in the workplace.
In a survey jointly conducted by multiple women humanitarians, including myself with a broad cross-section of female humanitarians from across the globe, the results were staggering. 41% of respondents identified harassment as the top concern for female aid workers. And what is more, a further 35% said the humanitarian system rewards sexism and discrimination – and hides abuses.
At VOICE we hear these women and we are saying ‘enough is enough’. The humanitarian system is broken, and it is time to fix it. It’s time to change the culture that enables and encourages harassment and inequality in the workplace. We must listen to women to fix the humanitarian system.
Ending violence against women and girls living through conflict and crises, may sound ambitious, but with your support we can drive through the systems, changes and leadership needed to make it happen.
Let’s seize this moment and momentum, and make it happen:
Add your voice to our site. www.voiceamplified.org
VOICE is changing the shape of humanitarian response so that girls’ and women’s needs, and rights become a priority for all those involved in providing frontline services and funding. Help us make this change a reality.