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World Humanitarian Day
World Humanitarian Day (WHD) takes place every 19 August to shine a spotlight on the millions of civilians worldwide who live in conflict, and to pay tribute to the humanitarian workers who help them. The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, which killed 22 UN staff.
Conflicts impact the lives of people differently. Women and girls typically take on a higher burden of care-related work, such as providing food and water, and caring for the sick. As society’s protection structures and support networks break down, and people flee impacted areas, women face heightened risks. From people with disabilities to children, youth, pregnant women, migrants, and journalists, all civilians caught in conflict must be protected.
WHD 2018 builds on the momentum created by last year’s #NotATarget campaign, which calls on world leaders to do everything in their power to protect all civilians in conflict zones.