Asia Pacific Human Rights Issues – Womanitarians converge on Manila for historic women-led disaster Summit

Source: Women in Emergencies Network (WENet)

11 April 2019:  More than 150 women have converged in Quezon City for the Philippines' first Womenitarian Summit, which kicked off today.

Organised by the Women in Emergencies Network (WENet) and supported by ActionAid Australia, the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines via Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), the Footprints Foundation and Oxfam sa Pilipinas, the summit will focus on women's rights in emergencies and call for greater support for women-led humanitarian action.

Keynote speakers will include Vice President Maria Leonor Gerona Robredo and Senator Ana Theresia Hontiveros. The Ambassador of the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines, John T Holmes, and Ms. Inge Stokkel, First Secretary of the Australian Embassy Manila will also deliver opening messages.

Marian Ticzon, Project Officer from the Pambansang Kongreso ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK) and one of the organisers from WENet, said the Summit will build on the inaugural World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 to make critical inroads in gaining support from government agencies and other humanitarian actors.

"Women are the most effective community leaders when disaster strikes, but are too often denied their rights and excluded from leadership positions in emergency response.

"We're working to change that by securing and promoting women-led humanitarian responses in communities facing emergencies like cyclones, floods and drought.

"When women are supported to lead emergency responses, they ensure everyone in their community is protected, and that the rights and needs of women are prioritised," added Ticzon.

Key details:

What: The Philippines' first National Womenitarian Summit.

When: 11-12 April 2019

Where: Sulo Riviera Hotel, Diliman, Quezon City, Manila, Philippines

About WENet: The Women in Emergencies Network (WENet), formed out of the Typhoon Yolanda response, is an alliance of civil society organizations in the Philippines that promotes women-led and women-focused human rights and protection in emergencies, particularly in disasters and conflict situations.