Ashna Shalene with attendees of the World Humanitarian Day celebration at the Australian High Commission (PC: Australian High Commission).

Australia will increase its humanitarian funding to more than 500 million Australian dollars next year.

This was revealed by Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner to Fiji Anna Dorney while speaking during the World Humanitarian Day celebration at the Australian High Commission in Suva earlier this morning.

Dorney said this is an increase from the $AUSD450 million assigned in their 2019-2020 budget.

With the theme ‘Women Humanitarian’s ‘ she said humanitarian action is more effective with meaningful participation of women as they make unique contributions in helping communities prepare for, respond to and recover from crises including an ability to reach and represent who are marginalized, disadvantaged and most in needs.

Medical Services Pacific country director Ashna Shaleen echoed what the Deputy Commissioner  said and added that women play a key role in humanitarian works by helping the public to cope, survive and adapt to a crisis.

Shaleen went on to say that crisis affects women differently and that women’s work in this area needs recognition and support.

World Humanitarian Day was designed by the United Nations General Assembly to commemorate the 19th August 2003 bombing of the United Nations HQ in Baghdad,Iraq. This year marks the 16th anniversary of the tragic attack that killed 22 humanitarian workers.

This day seeks to bring the world together to rally and support people affected by humanitarian crisis as well as pay tribute to the humanitarian workers that help them.

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