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Humanitarian Aid Workers, as Survivors

× Report the Abuse ceased operations as an NGO on 20 August 2017. The webpage and its contents are no longer updated. Thank you for your support, and we encourage all visitors to keep addressing sexual violence against humanitarian aid workers.

The issue of sexual violence against humanitarian aid workers is increasingly being highlighted in the media, attention that is long overdue.

As more stories emerge, it encourages survivors to come forward and humanitarian organisations to make changes to how they address sexual violence in their workplaces.

Each of these articles represents a step forward to creating change within the humanitarian community.


Amy Sheppey, Risks faced by LGBTI humanitarians deserve better consideration, Thomson Reuters Foundation, 19 August 2017.

Megan Nobert, Opinion: There are no more excuses for aid agencies to ignore sexual violence, Devex, 18 August 2017.

Sophie Edwards, Advocacy NGO shining a light on sexual assault of aid workers set to close, Devex, 14 August 2017.

Sophie Edwards, UN must end ‘toxic tolerance’ of sexual abuse of aid workers, top official says, Devex, 27 June 2017.

FBI helps South Sudan in murder and rape trial, Reuters, 6 June 2017.

Sophie Edwards, LGBT, female aid workers at risk of sexual assault, report finds, Devex, 6 June 2017.

Dyan Mazurana, Aid workers face an underreported sexual violence crisis, The Conversation, 6 June 2017.

STOP the Sexual Assault Against Humanitarian and Development Aid Workers, Feinstein International Centre, 5 June 2017.

Jason Patinkin, South Sudan holds trial for troops accused of rape, murder of aid workers, Reuters, 29 May 2017.

Sam Mednick, Humanitarian Aid Work: Who’s Helping the Helpers?, Verge Magazine, 9 May 2017.

Protection of Humanitarian Action Series: Duty of Care and Sexual Violence, ATHA, 19 April 2017.

Rosalia Gitau, Top UN & NGO Officials Adopt Zero Tolerance Stance On Abuses Against Female Staff. Here’s What We Can Do Next., Huffington Post, 31 March 2017.

The Stream, Sexually abused by aid workers, Al Jazeera, 28 March 2017.

Megan Nobert, Strengthening frameworks to address sexual violence against humanitarian aid workers, OCHA Medium, 22 March 2017.

Speak out on violations, Agenda for Humanity, 10 March 2017.

Megan Nobert, Why should we address sexual violence in humanitarian workplaces?, Reliefweb, 3 March 2017.

Megan Nobert, Why should we address sexual violence in humanitarian workplaces?, EISF, 3 March 2017.

Megan Nobert, Sexual Violence Shouldn’t Be a Risk of Being a Humanitarian, Ms. Magazine Blog, 2 March 2017.

Aid workers and sexual violence, BBC The Women’s Hour, 22 February 2017.

Nicola Kelly, Interview with Megan Nobert, Geneva, BBC World Update, 21 February 2017.

Nicola Kelly, Drugged and Raped in the Field, BBC World Service News, 21 February 2017.

Lori Handrahan, UN has a culture of impunity for sexual abuse, Sunday Guardian, 18 February 2017.

Nicola Kelly, Aid workers and sexual violence: survivors speak out, The Guardian, 17 February 2017.

Sophie Edwards, Sexual assault and harassment in the aid sector: Survivor stories, Devex, 7 February 2017.

Nicola Kelly, Drugged and raped: for aid workers, sexual assault is a hidden menace, Daily Mail, 7 February 2017.

Nicola Kelly, Drugged and raped: for aid workers, sexual assault is a hidden menace, Thomson Reuters Foundation, 7 February 2017.

Lori Handrahan, UN Secretary-General Guterres’ Biggest Challenge: A Culture Of Impunity, Forbes, 3 February 2017.

Megan Nobert, Sexual Violence: The Threat to Aid Workers, PEAR Insights, February 2017.

Dyan Mazurana and Phoebe Donnelly, Briefing Paper: Sexual Assault Against Humanitarian and Development Aid Workers, Feinstein International Center, February 2017.

United Nations General Assembly, Safety and security of humanitarian personnel and protection of United Nations personnel, A/RES/71/129, 27 January 2017.

Megan Nobert, Safety and Security Concerns: Sexual Violence against Humanitarian Aid Workers, ATHA, 25 January 2017.

Sophie Edwards, Sexual violence against female aid workers: How organizations can tackle it, Devex, 4 January 2017.

Sophie Edwards, Discrimination and violence against female aid workers will be investigated — top humanitarians, Devex, 9 December 2016.

Rosalia Gitau, Time to confront sexual abuse and harassment in the aid sector, Irin, 5 December 2016.

International Center for Research on Women, Toward a more Feminist United Nations: A 100 Day Agenda for the New Secretary General, December 2016.

Amy Lieberman, Violence against UN, aid workers on the rise, report finds, Devex, 2 November 2016.

Sandra Laville, ‘It was like being in a boys’ club’: female aid workers on sexual harassment at work, The Guardian, 25 October 2016.

Hannah McNeish, Aid Worker Attacks Expose Ongoing Assault of Women in South Sudan, NewsDeeply, 24 August 2016.

Amanda Sperber, Why one woman is hell-bent on combating sexual violence among aid workers, New York Times, 23 August 2016.

Ben Parker, How aid agencies should protect their staff from sexual abuse, Irin, 19 August 2016.

Ben Parker, Protéger le personnel humanitaire contre les violences sexuelles, Irin, 19 August 2016.

Jina Moore, Most Humanitarian Workers Know At Least One Person Who Survived Sexual Violence, Buzzfeed, 19 August 2016.

Megan Nobert, How should the media report rape and sexual violence?, The Guardian, 19 August 2016.

Sally Hayden, Petition urges U.N. to protect aid workers in conflict zones, Thomson Reuters Foundation, 19 August 2016.

Sarah Martin, A Personal Reflection on World Humanitarian Day 2016 and women’s safety, Cassandra Complexity, 19 August 2016.

Petition Urges UN to Protect Aid Workers in Conflict Zones, Voice of America, 19 August 2016.

Jina Moore, Several Women Were Raped By South Sudan’s Soldiers And The UN, US Didn’t Do Anything To Help, Buzzfeed, 15 August 2016.

UN peacekeepers in South Sudan ‘ignored rape and assault of aid workers’, The Guardian, 15 August 2016.

Ashley Milne-Tyte, Episode 85: Far From Home – Women in Aid, The Broad Experience, 2 June 2016.

Nuran Higgins, World Humanitarian Summit Special (Day 1), Emergency AIDio, 23 May 2016.

Aid Worker Security and Wellbeing at the World Humanitarian Summit, European Interagency Security Forum, 18 May 2016.

Celeste Hicks, ‘I was raped and my counsellor asked me what I had been wearing’, The Guardian, 31 March 2016.

Megan Nobert, I was raped in South Sudan … then went back, The Guardian, 6 February 2016.

Sea Change, Missing in the Mission, 1 November 2015.

Samuel Stratford, In the News: Sexual violence against aid workers, EISF, 29 October 2015.

Secret aid worker, Secret aid worker: there is a new trend of sexual violence in South Sudan, The Guardian, 20 October 2015.

Phyllis Smith Asinyanbi, Aid agencies accused of not supporting sexually assaulted workers, Digital Journal, 20 October 2015.

Muriel Volpellier, Sexual violence in the aid sector: what should NGOs be doing?, The Guardian, 19 October 2015.

Anna Leach and Sandra Laville, Aid agencies accused of hiding scale of sexual assaults on employees, The Guardian, 19 October 2015.

Anna Leach and Sandra Laville, Raped by a colleague then fired: the aid worker who refused to keep quiet, The Guardian, 19 October 2015.

Curtis Abraham, How common is sexual violence in the humanitarian aid community?, The New Scientist, 6 October 2015.

Megan Nobert, Rape and the UN’s lack of accountability—in my own case and beyond, Women Under Siege, 1 October 2015.

Megan Nobert, Breaking the Silence, Flesh and Blood, 30 September 2015.

Mark Woods, Rape and abuse: The aid sector’s conspiracy of silence, Christian Today, 21 September 2015.

How can humanitarian and development agencies prevent and manage sexual violence?, CHS Alliance, 16 September 2015.

How much of a problem is sexual violence for the humanitarian sector?, CHS Alliance, 16 September 2015.

What support is available for humanitarian staff who are affected by sexual violence?, CHS Alliance, 16 September 2015.

Imogen Wall, Does the Aid Industry Have a Sexual Violence Problem?, IRIN, 17 September 2015.

Imogen Wall, Quand les humanitaires sont eux-mêmes victimes de violences sexuelles, IRIN, 17 September 2015.

Megan Nobert, Sexual assaults against aid workers: first stories from the survey, The Guardian, 8 September 2015.

Sexual Violence Management Conference gives the humanitarian sector action points to prevent and manage sexual violence, CHS Alliance, 4 September 2015.

Megan Nobert, Report the Abuse: Breaking the Silence on Sexual Violence Within the Humanitarian Community, GLOBI, 1 September 2015.

Gry Tina Tinde, Sexual violence and inequality: it’s time the UN got its own house in order, The Guardian, 21 August 2015.

Megan Nobert, Sexual assaults against aid workers: it’s time to take a stand, The Guardian, 19 August 2015.

Julie Lalonde, Ladies First, CHUO Radio, 18 August 2015.

Imogen Wall, Sexual assaults against aid workers: how serious is the situation?, The Guardian, 6 August 2015.

Elie Calhoun, Shifting the Silence around Rape and Sexual Assault in Aid Culture, Expat Backup, 30 July 2015.

Canadian aid worker says she was sexually assaulted on UN base and agency refused to investigate, CBC Radio, 27 July 2015.

Secret aid worker, Secret aid worker: sexual harassment and discrimination in the industry, The Guardian, 29 July 2015.

Megan Nobert, Aid worker: I was drugged and raped by another humanitarian in South Sudan, The Guardian, 29 July 2015.

Hayes Brown, U.N. Says It Did “The Best It Could” After Aid Worker Raped In South Sudan, Buzzfeed, 27 July 2015.

Jina Moore, An Aid Worker Was Raped In South Sudan And The U.N. Did Almost Nothing About It, Buzzfeed, 24 July 2015.

Amid growing attacks, Security Council urges greater protection for aid workers, UN News Centre, 29 August 2014.

Zehra Rizvi, Sexual harassment anyone? Just on the side, please, Women in Aid, 16 March 2013.

Sarah Martin, 16 Day Challenge: Keeping International Workers Safe: Preventing and Responding to Gender-based Violence, USAID, 10 December 2012.

Dr. Linda Wagener, Sexual Harassment in the Humanitarian Context, The Headington Institute, 25 April 2012.

Dr. Linda Wagener, Gender Based Violence & The Humanitarian Community, The Headington Institute, 20 December 2011.

Francois Murphy and Opheera McDoom, Sudan: International aid worker raped in Darfur, Reuters, 24 January 2007.