HUMANITARIAN WOMEN'S NETWORK

OUR MISSION IS TO ACHIEVE A WORK ENVIRONMENT WHERE WOMEN ARE ABLE TO WORK IN THE HUMANITARIAN INDUSTRY FREE FROM DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT AND ABUSE.

Founded in 2015, HWN has grown from the original 5 co-founders to over 10,500 women in 75 countries around the world. We focus on professional development, peer support, and global advocacy to realize institutional and cultural change for women aid professionals that allows us to achieve our professional and personal goals together.

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THE NETWORK

At HWN, we believe that our network is our strength.  We're over 10,500 women working in 100+ UN/NGO agencies in 75+ countries. There are few places left on the planet where you can't find an HWN-er. As humanitarians, we move around a lot. But that makes it all the more important to find ways to stay connected and support each other. We've got your back.

 

We currently have active hubs in Geneva, Bangkok, Juba, Boston and La Paz and more are being organized around the world. To find the HWN hub  nearest you, check out our Facebook page or email us directly.
 

Can’t find an active hub? Start one yourself! Download our "How To" guide—and don’t hesitate to reach out for support from our group to walk you through launching your own.

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EXPAND YOUR HORIZON

There are several organizations and initiatives working towards the same goals, and each one of them has its own way of contributing to gender equity in the aid industry. Learn more about them by following the links below:

CHS Alliance : the alliance has done a lot of work in prevention and response to sexual violence in the humanitarian context.

Code Blue: this campaign is working to put an end to sexual abuse by United Nations Personnel. 

The Headington Institute: the Institute works for aid worker well-being and sexual assault is one of their evolving areas of research.

Cassandra Complexity blog : this blog discusses gender-based violence as it relates to humanitarian interventions.

This group has helped me to understand challenges met by humanitarian women and enabled me to meet dedicated women that are helping me overcome my weakness. I feel I can count on this community.

HWN Member - Catherine S.

DO YOU NEED HELP? ADVICE? HAVE QUESTIONS?

ANY QUESTIONS? Contact us at womeninaidwork@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page.

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