Want to celebrate #WorldHumanitarianDay but don’t know where to start? We have some suggestions...
World Humanitarian Day is commemorated every year on 19 August to pay tribute to humanitarian workers killed and injured in the course of their work, and to honor all aid and health workers who continue, despite the odds, to provide life-saving support and protection to people most in need.
This World Humanitarian Day, we encourage you to take your first step into humanitarian work—big or small.
1) Share on Social Media
When you speak up on issues facing women, you can have a big impact. Here are a couple of tweets to get you started.
CLICK TO TWEET: FACT: 70% of people living in poverty are women and girls. Use #WorldHumanitarianDay to invest in women and create more peaceful and prosperous societies.
CLICK TO TWEET: FACT: The economic power of refugee women could contribute $1.4 trillion to the annual global GDP. Invest in them! #WorldHumanitarianDay
2) Make a Donation
Humanitarian organizations work tirelessly to meet the needs of vulnerable populations around the world.
Whether they supply basic necessities like food and shelter, or they are designed to foster self-sufficiency in underserved populations through vocational training and support networks (like Women for Women International!), each organization fills a life-saving niche.
On World Humanitarian Day, consider serving others through a financial gift. Remember, your dollars can go a long way.
3) Read about Humanitarians Who Gave Their Lives Fighting
Throughout history, women human rights activists and humanitarians have lost their lives helping people in need. #WorldHumanitarianDay commemorates their bravery, inviting us to both honor their sacrifice and continue their legacy.
We've compiled a short list of humanitarians and invite you to read about these remarkable heroes. Although their lives were tragically cut short, their impact is forever. We hope their dedication to service inspires you.
4) Tell Five Friends about Women for Women International
Ask your friends and family to get to know us, and start of ripple effect of positivity that will impact the lives of thousands of women across the globe.
Our global community is made of up individuals like yourself who are passionate about women's rights and improving the lives of women survivors of war and conflict. For over 25 years, we've been offering life-changing curriculum called the Stronger Women, Stronger Nations program that you can learn more about here.
After you're a pro at explaining our mission, write to five friends and tell them to subscribe to our email updates at womenforwomen.org/subscribe.
5) Sponsor a Sister
As a sponsor, you pledge to contribute a monthly fee to support one individual woman in our Stronger Women, Stronger Nations program of vocational and business skills training, rights awareness, and health education. Your support will provide the tools and resources your sister needs to rebuild her life.
Your monthly contributions will also help your sister obtain basic necessities for her family, like food, clean water, and medicine; pay school-related expenses for her children; and start building family savings; or to use the funds as seed capital to start a business.
Perhaps more importantly, the emotional support that your sponsorship and letters provide serves as a lifeline to a woman who may have otherwise lost everything.
Anyone can be a humanitarian. Take your first step today!