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World Humanitarian Summit’s ‘Grand Bargain’ a missed opportunity to ensure support for women in disasters: ActionAid

Istanbul, 23/05/2015: In response to the announcement of the Grand Bargain at the end of the first day of the World Humanitarian Summit, ActionAid’s Mike Noyes said: 

“We’re deeply disappointed that the bargain announced this afternoon overlooks women entirely. While we commend the commitment made to financially supporting local actors in humanitarian response, our concern is that by omitting a specific commitment to local women’s organisations, this bargain risks replacing global elites with local elites.

“Women are frontline responders to disasters, and play a critical role in ensuring that the needs of their communities are met through humanitarian interventions. And yet, they face significant barriers to access to funding and leadership in disaster response. This lack of critical support has severe impacts in effectively responding to humanitarian  emergencies.

“If women frontline responders and their organisations aren’t supported financially as leaders in humanitarian spaces, their potential to create long term, sustainable change that builds their communities’ resilience to disasters will not be fulfilled. Women’s rights will continue to be overlooked in crisis, and women will continue to be disproportionately impacted by disasters when they strike.

“The Grand Bargain was an opportunity to ensure that local women and their organisations received the support they need in order to begin to eradicate the gender inequality perpetuated by the global humanitarian system, and sadly, that opportunity has been missed.” 


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