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

March 31, 2021
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.

Just do your best!

March 5, 2021
We spoke to Dr. Asha Mohammed, Secretary-General of the Kenya Red Cross Society who is passionate about the development of women and girls, to continue the conversation on diversity, legitimacy and women in negotiations.

It Is Very Important to Show Unity, Cohesion, and Equity among Team Members

February 25, 2021
We spoke with Bernadette Castel-Hollingsworth, Deputy Director of the UN Refugee Agency’s Division of International Protection to further discuss the topic Legitimacy, Diversity and Women in frontline negotiations.

Negotiating as a Team to Achieve the Best Possible Outcome

February 16, 2021
We spoke with Bernadette Castel-Hollingsworth, Deputy Director of the UN Refugee Agency’s Division of International Protection to further discuss the topic Legitimacy, Diversity and Women in frontline negotiations.

Female Negotiators Need More Recognition and Opportunities

February 9, 2021
We continue our conversations on the Legitimacy, Diversity and Women in Frontline Negotiations Project continued with Joyce Kanyangwa Luma, WFP Director of Human Resources.

She’s a Woman, a Leader, and a Frontline Negotiator!

February 2, 2021
We were honoured to have Liesbeth Aelbrecht, former MSF General Director for an interview to discuss about legitimacy, diversity and women in negotiations.

Legitimacy, Diversity and Women Negotiators

January 25, 2021
Historically dominated by Western men, the humanitarian world has become much more diverse in the past decades. To better support field practitioners, the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN) is committed to exploring this diversification and its impact on frontline negotiations.

The Role of The Humanitarian Negotiator in the Global Chain of Humanitarian Diplomacy

December 3, 2020
Humanitarian diplomacy and humanitarian negotiation are inherently intertwined and interdependent, and form part of the same concept. What does it actually mean?

Humanitarian Diplomacy: Challenges and Strategies for Negotiating with Non-State Armed Groups

November 10, 2020
Humanitarians operating on the front lines of today’s armed conflicts need to employ a skill set that combines both wit and tactics in order to overcome the strength and territorial supremacy of their armed group counterparts. In this article, we explore the challenges that humanitarians face when negotiating with non-state armed groups, the strategies available to them, and how these link to the practice of humanitarian diplomacy.

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

October 5, 2020
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.

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

August 17, 2020
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.

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

July 15, 2020
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.

ICRC Bangladesh: Helping Families from Religious Communities in the Dignified Management of the Dead During COVID-19

June 22, 2020
The ICRC in Bangladesh, like in other countries, is stepping up its response to the COVID-19 crisis and is integrating an important parameter that is managing the bodies of people who have died due to COVID-19. There is distressing evidence that in many places grieving families and relatives have had to endure suffering, not only due to the loss of their loved ones, but also because neighbors have not accepted the body for burial.

Maintaining Connectivity with Communities in the Time of COVID-19 by Liaising with Religious and Community Leaders

May 14, 2020
During the growing global turmoil over the COVID-19 pandemic, physical distancing measures become essential, so responding to the communication needs of people and providing them with necessary information remains a key element in humanitarian response.