Dear Colleagues,

Women around the world took to the streets recently to call for an end to violence against them. They had an important message to share: women’s rights are being radically rolled back in several countries- from Brazil to Italy. This must stop.

Feraye Ozfescioglu

Violence against women is also on the rise. In the UK, Domestic abuse has risen by 24% in a year while referrals of cases from the police to the Crown Prosecution Service fell by 11%. New figures show police recorded an average of one incident of domestic abuse per minute in the year ending March 2019.

To commemorate those who have lost their lives to violence and those who are fighting for a fairer, safer and equal society, we dedicate this issue to women.

In this issue our main interview is with the CEO of Pathfinder International Lois Quam. She believes that every woman, no matter where she lives, should have access to quality care. And in this issue Lois shares her views, experience and insight on how to make this world a better place for women. 

It’s a well known fact that conflict and climate change disproportionately affect women. Fatima Gailani, Afghan Red Crescent Society ( ARCS ), talks about the uphill task of working for women empowerment in conflict areas. 

Meanwhile, in our Spotlight on NGO section, we have dynamic Amb. Manna Dhabolkar talking about the Gift Foundation Initiative and its work and mission.

Sustainability is a key issue that we highlight - from across manufacturing to financial services. In this Issue, Dr. Mohan Kaul throws light on how London is increasingly becoming the Green finance capital on the world.

In our Tech for Good section, we discuss the role of drones in humanitarian aid. Meanwhile, our hero Pathfinder for the month is wonderful Pia Klemp - she who stood against the Italian government and might face 20 years in prison to save thousands of migrants who would have otherwise drowned.

We are also delighted to have Education Cannot Wait come on board to build the narrative on ‘education for girls’. 

I hope you enjoy this issue and do send us your feedback.

Sincerely,
Feraye Ozfescioglu
CEO, WHF

An Interview With Lois Quam, CEO Of Pathfinder International

An Interview With Lois Quam, CEO Of Pathfinder International

In an interview with WHFtalks, Lois Quam, CEO, Pathfinder International, says that women’s creativity, problem-solving skills and intelligence are the most untapped resource in the world. “We need greater gender equity in governance and decision-making processes related to climate change”

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A Constant Battle for Women's Rights In Afghanistan by Fatima Gailani

A Constant Battle for Women's Rights In Afghanistan by Fatima Gailani

An active women’s rights campaigner in Afghanistan, Fatima Gailani talks about the history of women’s rights in the country, how ACRS grew under her leadership, challenges she faced and battles won.

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Tech for Good: Drones in Humanitarian Action

Tech for Good: Drones in Humanitarian Action

Drones are the latest heroes in the humanitarian sector. From Rwanda to California, they are playing a key role in helping first responders and NGOs including doctors and firefighters. 

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London to Lead Green Financing and Sustainable Investment by Mohan Kaul 

London to Lead Green Financing and Sustainable Investment by Mohan Kaul 

World Humanitarian Forum in April 2020 in London will explore ways in which markets can be best structured to avoid excessive risk while creating environments that encourage the right opportunities and better future for the planet and the people.

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Spotlight on NGO: Gift Global Initiative

Spotlight on NGO: Gift Global Initiative

GIFT Global Initiative is a global humanitarian organization that serves children and families from some of the poorest places on our planet in Asia, Africa, South, Central and North America.  

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Hero-Path Breaker Pia Klemp

Hero-Path Breaker Pia Klemp

Pia Klemp a German ship captain and human rights activist, who has personally saved thousands of migrants from drowning as they attempt the deadly journey across the Mediterranean to seek refuge in Europe.

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