The “Turkish Perspective on Humanitarian Aid From Women and Children Aspect” panel under the World Humanitarian Summit highlighted the human suffering and the fact that women and children are the ones which are the most affected from wars and conflicts. The panel concluded with a call to bring this to an end.
The summit hosted by Turkey saw participation of 60 statesmen and government leaders from around the world. The Summit, which was opened by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, features hundreds of side events and tens of panels. One of these panels was ““Turkish Perspective on Humanitarian Aid From Women and Children Aspect”. The panel which was attended was Erdoğan’s wife Mme. Emine Erdoğan, as well as Turkish Red Crescent Society General President Dr. Kerem Kınık, TIKA President Serdar Çam and AFAD President Fuat Oktay took an evaluative approach on the situation of women and children who were affected by human-instigated disasters.
The opening keynote was given by Soon-Taek, wife of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, while the closing remarks were presented by Mme. Emine Erdoğan.
“Women and children are the biggest victims”
Emine Erdoğan, who underlined the need to revisit the approach to humanitarian aid in crisis caused by hunger, income inequality, wars and natural disasters, said that the humanity is unable to carry this heavy load anymore. Erdoğan who stressed that the biggest victims of in the midst of these crisesare women and children, that they are forced to continue their lives with severe psychological traumas.
“We need to establish a political and economic system which reflects human dignity. I hope that the World Humanitarian Summit marks a milestone for a paradigm shift in moral and humane aspects and leads to a revision of humanitarian aid policies”. Erdoğan added than humanitarian aid is beyond distribution of food parcels which are dispatched in emergency situations, and that developmental initiatives also play and important role.
“Women should receive positive discrimination”
General President Dr. Kerem Kınık too stated that women are neglected and become victims of abuse more than men, work more and earn less.
“Therefore, all kinds of activities which target women should focus on positive discrimination to bridge this gap. Today when we look at some numbers, we see that we are losing 500 thousand women during birth, heavily in Asia Pacific region. A major part of these deaths is a result of diseases caught before delivery. In this respect, almost half of the female death in the world, especially in African and Asia-Pacific is due to contagious diseases, diseases during pregnancy and childbirth and malnutrition. One of every two women loses her life due to preventable causes”.
Kınık stated that if poor people are not fed in their homes and their situation is improved, then we would face worse situations on border gates. “For this reason, we need to share our wealth. There is 4 billion tons of food being produced in the world annually, the 1,3 billion tons of which are trashed before consumption. We need to use resources sparingly. The half of the world’s population is dying due to hunger and the other half lose their lives for overeating. Such a world, such an unbalanced, unfair world is not sustainable”.
Cooperation with the Islamic Development Bank
At the end of the panel, a collaboration protocol was signed between Turkish Red Crescent Society, TIKA, AFAD and Islamic Development Bank. Emine Erdoğan joined this ceremony which marked a historical moment.