World Humanitarian Day celebrated every year on 19 August is directed towards honoring humanitarian efforts worldwide and propagating the idea of supporting people in crisis.
World Humanitarian Day was established by the UN General Assembly in 2008, then was held in August 2009. The day was declared by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarter in Baghdad, Iraq where a well known humanitarian leader, Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 others where killed.
The day is observed for humanitarians who have justified worked in the promotion of humanitarian cause, those who have sacrificed their lives in the course of their work and to acknowledge the ongoing work of humanitarian staff around the world.
Over 130 million people throughout the world are currently in crisis, either through war or natural disasters. Mostly the women and children are facing many problems in the shape of poverty, insecurity, hunger, poor health and environmental decline. Each year the need for humanitarian is growing as they are facing more challenges.
Each year, the UN highlights certain specific humanitarian crises around the world and the brave people who risk their lives in bringing food, medicine, and other aid to people in need. So, World Humanitarian Day 2019 is set to celebrate Women Humanitarians and their undying contribution in making the world a better place.
Women Humanitarians hold a sense of unparalleled uniqueness, one that adds to the global momentum of female strength, power and perseverance. It is time to honor the women who have acted as first responders to the darkest hours of crisis. This was clearly stated by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – ‘Women make up a large number of those who risk their own lives to save others. They are often the first to respond and the last to leave. These women deserve to be celebrated. They are needed today as much as ever to strengthen the global humanitarian response. And world leaders, as well as non-state actors, must ensure that they – and all humanitarians – are guaranteed the protection afforded to them under international law.’
It is important to use this World Humanitarian Day in honoring those women who have tirelessly improved countless lives, showcasing incredible strength along the way.
HOW TO MARK THE DAY
Organizations worldwide honor this day in a range of ways from fundraisers to lectures and other events all aimed at raising awareness.
Therefore, I encourage everyone to join global social media campaigns today to create public awareness for World Humanitarian Day with #WomenHumanitarians.