World Humanitarian Summit’s success will be determined by women in years to come

Istanbul, 24/06/2016: At the close of the World Humanitarian Summit, ActionAid’s International Humanitarian Policy Manager, Anne Mitaru, said:

 “The World Humanitarian Summit is not for or about the five thousand in Istanbul. The World Humanitarian Summit is about the 100 million people faced with disasters each year, and the 60 million displaced due to wars, violence and crisis. Moreover, it’s about the women and girls who are disproportionately and severely impacted by humanitarian emergencies. The humanitarian community is accountable to women and local communities, and we should judge the Summit’s success by how effectively decisions made here fulfil their needs and uphold their rights.

“Over 600 commitments have been made at this Summit. Whether or not it’s been a success will be determined in the coming years, as we see whether they are adhered to and make a difference to people’s lives – particularly the lives of women.

“We are determined to support local communities to hold the humanitarian community to account and will demand that that action is taken on the promises made in Istanbul. It’s critical we make the World Humanitarian Summit a moment that meant something in years to come.

“We see the Summit itself as a step forward, and as a recognition that business as usual cannot proceed. Change is badly needed, but time will tell as to whether this Summit will bring about a real change in the system.” 

Michelle Higelin, Co-Chair of ActionAid’s International Humanitarian Platform said:

“For more than twenty years, promises to achieve gender equality have been made by the international community, and the World Humanitarian Summit was a moment to deliver on those promises. Unfortunately, they have failed to do so. We’ve continued to hear about commitments to gender equality from member states and UN agencies, but very few concrete action plans on how they’re going to deliver.

“Overall, there has been a failure to critically engage with those most affected by humanitarian emergencies to enact that change. There were very few alternatives put on the table for how to make real the change that is needed in humanitarian action.

“We’re calling on agencies and member states to take action on their promises, and to bring women affected by emergencies to the table when they are making decisions on what their actions will be and put their money where their mouth is.”

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