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The protection of populations affected or threatened by conflict and natural disasters is a critical component of humanitarian action. Challenges of ensuring protection are notably complex, touching on myriad intersecting issues including inter
On August 1, 2018 the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ministry of Health announced the 10th Ebola virus outbreak since 1976 had been confirmed in the country’s North Kivu Province. Senior Director of Emergency Health at the International Res
In this episode, we speak with Wendy Betts, Director of the EyeWitness to Atrocities project of the International Bar Association. With growing concerns about impunity for atrocities and other violations of international law in conflict and eme
In light of recent international negotiations over nuclear disarmament and efforts to respond to the use of chemical and poisonous weapons, we sit down with Dr. Erickson to discuss the health and environmental impacts of conflict and emergencie
From the campaign to ban landmines to cluster munitions to the prohibition of nuclear weapons, advocates of humanitarian disarmament have sought to ban or restrict the use of certain indiscriminate and inhumane weapons to reduce civilian harm a
Yemen has become, according to the United Nations and World Health Organization, the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. Nearly 12 million people are in need of assistance and in 2017, the worst cholera outbreak in recent history affected
In this episode, we interview Maciej Polkowski, Head of the Health Care in Danger Initiative based in Geneva. Health Care in Danger (HCID) is an initiative of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement aimed at addressing the issue o
In this podcast, we speak with leading experts and practitioners about the strategic use sexual violence was a weapon of war in Syria. We’ll discuss the how sexual violence has been used against women, girls, boys and men in Syria by government
Whether used to instill fear, humiliate, or punish; destroy lives, families and communities; or enforce social order and power dynamics, rape and other forms of sexual violence have been widely documented in the Syrian conflict. In this podcast
In this episode Meredith Blake interviews Brian Heilman, a senior research officer at Promundo, whose work focuses on eliminating harmful masculine norms, preventing all forms of gender-based violence, and achieving broader gender equality and
If the audio player above does not load, you can listen to the podcast here. In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re speaking to women all over the world who are working to advance equality for women and girls. In this episode, we spea
In honor of International Women’s Day, ATHA is speaking to women all over the world who work to advance equality for women and girls. In this episode, we speak with the founders of Ladysmith, a feminist venture for gender equality. Guided by th
In honor of International Women’s Day, ATHA is speaking to women all over the world who work to advance equality for women and girls. In this episode, we speak with Isabelle Arradon, the Director of Research and a Special Advisor on Gender at t
Since the passage of UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) in October 2000, gender mainstreaming in humanitarian programming has highlighted not only the differential impacts of war and crisis on women, but also the important
Earlier this year, Yemen faced the worst cholera outbreak in recent history, affecting an estimated 1 million people. Although the cholera crisis has been largely contained, new challenges continue to emerge. Over the past months, Yemen has fac
Since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, the neighboring countries of Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan have collectively absorbed approximately 5 million registered refugees--not counting the untold numbers who remain unregistered. As th
In this episode, ATHA's Meredith Blake speaks with Sawsan Samara and Joel Hernandez about their time working for the Elpida Home for Refugees in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Yemen currently faces the “world’s worst cholera outbreak in the midst of the world’s largest humanitarian crisis,” according to a joint statement issued by UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in July
Despite the significant growth of the humanitarian sector in recent years - now employing over 250,000 professionals - practitioners often express concerns over the lack of clarity, predictability or support in establishing and maintaining a hu
In light of the important role that such efforts have come to play in the humanitarian sector’s education and training initiatives, this podcast focuses on the objectives, design, and impact of these innovative pedagogical tools. Through a conv
In this episode of the podcast, we look to explore how the risk, and reality, of famine has come about in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and Northeastern Nigeria. This podcast will also assess what is needed in the immediate term, as well as the
In this episode of the podcast, we speak with experts and practitioners about the duty of care for humanitarian organizations, and the challenges of implementing it in practice. Speakers: Luigi Bocci, Field Security Officer, World Food Programm
In this episode of the podcast, we speak with experts and practitioners about the risks and rewards of speaking out against targeted attacks, versus not doing so, and how to better equip organizations and professionals to make such difficult de
In this Practitioner Profile, ATHA sat down with Sinead to discuss her work in Sierra Leone and Liberia and her research on key lessons learned in the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Dr. Sinead Walsh is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Humani
In this Practitioner Profile, we discuss gender-based violence and programming for male caregivers and adolescent brothers of displaced Syrian refugee girls. We also touch on sexual violence as it applies to both female humanitarians in the fie
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