Portrait of Faduma Ali

World Humanitarian Day: Women fighting for social justice

CARE’s recent evidence shows that as gender inequality goes up, food security goes down. 150 million more women than men were hungry in 2021. However, if women and girls face disproportional impacts from humanitarian crises, they are also central to the solution.

In the lead up to World Humanitarian Day 2022, on 19 August, we highlight the work that women at CARE are doing around the globe to empower other women and fight for a world of hope, inclusion, and social justice. As the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) pointed out, 'it takes a village' of humanitarians to ensure all people live in dignity - and women are essential in this effort.

1. Faduma Ali is the midwife in charge of the CARE-supported Caynabo Health Centre, in Somaliland. In this video, she talks about the rise in malnutrition cases as a consequence of the drought, the impacts of the crisis for the entire community and the challenges of being a woman health worker.  

2. Manar Mohsen is a Food Security and Livelihood (FSL) Field Officer at CARE Yemen. In this Q&A, Manar talks about her work helping to develop women's economic empowerment and resilience. 

3. Rawan Matar, Economic Empowerment and Women Justice Project Officer, and Hazar Badran, Program Coordinator for the Economic Empowerment and Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) program, have shared their experiences of helping to implement VSLAs in Jordan. The initiative helps to create savings groups in vulnerable communities to build economic resilience and empowerment.

4. Shirleen Ali is the Pacific Gender and Inclusion Senior Advisor for CARE International in the Pacific. In this interview, she speaks about her career, and the many ways COVID-19 has compounded issues for women and minorities. 

5. Victoria Fiohnostava had to flee to Lviv with her sister and nephew after the escalation of conflict in Ukraine. There, she became the Head of an emergency shelter managed by the humanitarian organization Tvoya Opra, a CARE International partner. Here, we have a glimpse of what one day looks like in Victoria’s life, through her own eyes.

6. Maryam is a protection officer with Shafak, one of CARE International’s partner organizations in Northwest Syria. She advocates against gender-based violence and harmful social norms such as early and forced marriage. Maryam also assists displaced women and girls living in abusive situations. Read here her account of her daily routine.