Friday, November 20, 2020
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Watch on Watson's YouTube Channel.
The protection of civilians, or in certain instances the lack thereof, lies at the heart of many humanitarian crises. Conflicts around the world have become more complex, fragmented, and protracted. Civilian populations often bear the brunt of the impact and face heightened protection risks, such as displacement, gender-based violence, and lack of access to healthcare and essential services. It is in this context that the protection of civilians has become a central component of humanitarian response, yet defining and applying protection can be challenging. Drawing on her experiences in Bangladesh, South Sudan, and Afghanistan, Ranya Ghadban will reflect on protection definitions and activities, review current global protection trends and challenges, and highlight opportunities on how to strengthen protection outcomes for civilians.