'Localising' Humanitarian Action: Reflections on Delivering Women's Rights-based and Feminist Services in an Ongoing Crisis

Citation:

Al-Abdeh, Maria, and Champa Patel. 2019. "'Localising' Humanitarian Action: Reflections on Delivering Women's Rights-based and Feminist Services in an Ongoing Crisis." Gender and Development 27 (2): 237-52. 

Authors: Maria Al-Abdeh, Champa Patel

Abstract:

ENGLISH ABSTRACT:
This article shares the experiences of Women Now for Development, a women's organisation working with Syrian women in Syria and neighbouring countries. The key questions under consideration are whether important policy commitments to empower local actors are bearing fruit in practice and identify some of the challenges that still frustrate working with women and girls in humanitarian settings. This article aims to consider whether localisation is more than a current ‘buzz-word’.

FRENCH ABSTRACT:
Cet article présente les expériences de Women Now for Development, une organisation de femmes travaillant avec des femmes syriennes, en Syrie et dans les pays voisins. Les questions clés examinées sont celles de savoir si les importants engagements en matière de politiques générales en vue d’autonomiser les acteurs locaux portent leurs fruits dans la pratique, et d’identifier certains des défis qui continuent de frustrer le travail mené avec les femmes et les filles dans les contextes humanitaires. Cet article cherche à déterminer si le concept de localisation est plus qu’un mot à la mode.

SPANISH ABSTRACT:
El presente artículo da cuenta de las experiencias de Women Now for Development, una organización de mujeres que trabaja con mujeres sirias, tanto en ese país como en los países vecinos. Una de las preguntas fundamentales que se plantea la organización a partir de dichas vivencias es si los compromisos políticos importantes, establecidos con la intención de empoderar a los actores locales, están dando frutos en la práctica. En ese sentido, se pretende identificar algunos de los desafíos que aún frustran el trabajo con mujeres y niñas en entornos humanitarios. Además, el artículo aborda la cuestión de si la prestación de servicios a nivel local —o localización— es más que una “palabra de moda” actualmente.

Keywords: localisation, Syria, gender, women's organisations, empowerment, humanitarian

Topics: Conflict, Gender, Humanitarian Assistance, NGOs Regions: MENA, Asia, Middle East Countries: Syria

Year: 2019

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