Mary Giudice (center-left) attends a staff member’s family celebration April 2007 in Al Fasher, in Sudan's Darfur region, where the International Organization for Migration undertook relief efforts for refugees. Photo by: Nicholas Kaberia Gichuburi

The likes of Mary Giudice are scarce. The single mother boasts extensive experience working in some of the world’s volatile and secluded regions.

Humanitarian relief is dominated by men. But recent years have seen increasing awareness about what women can bring to this sector. In relief situations where locals, especially children, are often traumatized, a woman’s touch can do more than simply tend to the injured.

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