Changing the Narrative about Women Coping with the Trauma of War and Conflict

As part of the CCHN’s Community of Care initiative to build the resilience of humanitarian frontline negotiations, we collaborate with Intisar Foundation. The foundation works to help and empower women affected by war with drama therapy. Its founder, Her Highness Sheikha Intisar al-Sabah, was motivated to help other women in the Middle East following her experience of the invasion of Kuwait. We were honoured when she joined us to discuss the role of women in negotiation, bringing a focus on building resilience and mental strength.

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Negotiating Agricultural and Food Security Access during 1,000 days of Siege and COVID-19 Pandemic in Syria

Located in north-eastern Syria, Deir Ezzor is the second largest Syrian province in terms of area, with a pre-crisis population of 1.7 million. Deir Ezzor is considered wealthy, with diverse agriculture, premium cattle herds, and several oilfields. When the Islamic State group lay siege to the city between 2014 and 2017, its residents were forced to leave their homes. Those who remained had to rely on the WFP for airdrops of food assistance to survive.

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Strengthening Complementary Relationship with Bangladesh Government to Protect COVID-19 Healthcare Frontliners

All staff related to the provision of healthcare to the population are playing an important frontline role to provide the best service among COVID-19 affected patients in Bangladesh. While operating under challenging conditions with a lot of limitations, these frontline healthcare workers need to be guaranteed some protection to continue saving lives and prevent the spread of the virus. Yet, having access to provide protective gear for healthcare frontliners is not instantly granted. By building strong relations with the government, ICRC managed to gain the trust to support them in responding to the pandemic issues, such as prioritizing the safety of COVID-19 healthcare workers.

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Protection Risks During COVID-19: Negotiating Safe Access to Gender-Based Violence Services in The Rohingya Refugee Response in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

The COVID-19 crisis has significant protection, health and socio-economic implications for the Rohingya refugee response. Nearly one million Rohingya refugees live alongside some of the most at-risk host communities in southern Bangladesh, a disaster-prone region already vulnerable to a wide-range of shocks and stresses, as well as domestic and gender-based violence.

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