1.1K Female Aid Workers Sign Open Letter Calling For Reform Across International Aid Sector

Devex: 1,000 female aid workers call for reforms on sexual abuse
“More than 1,000 female aid workers from all over the world have put their name to an open letter calling for an overhaul of the sector to address sexual harassment, exploitation, and abuse, and an end to the ‘current culture of silence, impunity, and inaction.’ The letter, circulated privately over the past week via email and groups on social media, was published on International Women’s Day with the backing of 1,111 women from 81 countries…” (Edwards, 3/8).

The Guardian: ‘You need to hear us’: over 1,000 female aid workers urge reform in open letter
“…The letter, addressed to the leaders of international charities, the U.N., and donors, urges organizations to treat allegations of sexual harassment and abuse as a priority. Whistleblowers must be listened to and protected, said the signatories. ‘Trust in our sector can only be restored when we ask and answer the difficult questions and openly challenge those who exploit and hide behind the good work of many,’ read the letter … ‘It is the behavior of these men, not our complaint of their behavior, which damages the sector’s reputation and public trust’…” (Ratcliffe, 3/8).

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