UN Women signs new partnership with RedR Australia

Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Following close on the heels of the World Humanitarian Summit in May, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec and Ms. Kirsten Sayers, Chief Executive Officer of RedR Australia, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the provision of stand-by personnel to be deployed to UN Women to respond to humanitarian crises. RedR provides skilled people and training to help communities rebuild and recover in times of crisis.

Kristen Sayer CEO of RedR Australia meets with UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec to counter-sign a Memorandum of Understanding between Red R and UN Women's Humanitarian Unit. The meeting took place at UN Women Headquarters on 29 June 2016.
Kristen Sayer CEO of RedR Australia meets with UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec to counter-sign a Memorandum of Understanding between Red R and UN Women's Humanitarian Unit. The meeting took place at UN Women Headquarters on 29 June 2016.

Crises impact women, girls, boys and men of all ages differently. Women are often the hardest hit, the first responders to a crisis, and play a central role in the survival and resilience of families and communities. Experience and research show that when women are included in humanitarian action, the entire community benefits. UN Women works to ensure equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of humanitarian action.

In the face of rising crises around the world, UN Women is prioritizing its engagement in humanitarian action. The availability of adequate and appropriate human resources and specific expertise in humanitarian response at the country level is critical for ensuring an effective response when a crisis strikes.

“This partnership is extremely timely for UN Women as it will help us translate our commitments from the World Humanitarian Summit into action for women and girls in humanitarian settings,” said Deputy Executive Director Glemarec at the signing ceremony.

RedR Australia is a leading not-for-profit humanitarian organization for international emergency relief, driven by the vision of a world in which sufficient competent and committed personnel are available and responding to humanitarian needs.