What's it like to be a woman humanitarian working in the field?

A female aid worker with the European Union’s humanitarian aid arm talks to a refugee in Ethiopia. Photo by: Anouk Delafortrie / ECHO / CC BY-NC-ND 

Humanitarians face a multitude of safety and security risks while on deployment, but women can face specific challenges — from leading teams in male-dominated environments to dealing with menstruation in remote areas without proper provision to the threat of sexual violence.

Devex spoke to Sarah Robinson, project coordinator for MedAir’s emergency response unit in South Sudan, and Maria Ferrante, a seasoned humanitarian specializing in refugee protection, to find out what life in the field is like and what advice they have for overcoming everyday challenges.

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