On the 8th March 2013, International Women's day, second humanitarian congress in Vienna was organized by Global Responsibility – Austrian Platform for Development and Humanitarian Aid. Title of the congress was Humanitarian aid and gender matters.
Opening speech why gender matters in humanitarian response was given by Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian aid and Crisis Response. She presented her personal experiences from field visits in DR Congo and some other locations where she observed projects fighting against gender violence and women equality. In her point of view gender equality is a key to fight against hunger and poverty in the future.
Later on different panels related to gender matters and humanitarian aid took place. Big debate was on the panel Humanitarian aid and media where representatives of different media and organizations presented their positions.
Special attention was devoted to role of social media (Facebook, Twitter) since they change communication in a personal way and they humanize organization.
Congress was a nice opportunity for organizations to meet, discuss and exchange their working experiences. Beside panels small fair was organized where Austrian organizations took part.
More information about the congress is available at http://www.humanitaerer-kongress.at/
Information provided by Darja Rogelj, IRD Slovenia www.ird.si