On 4th May 2017, Ms Zahida Fizza Kabir, Executive Director of SAJIDA Foundation spoke at an event hosted by the Canadian High Commission at Canada House in London. As a representative of the UKAID funded Shifting the Power programme in Bangladesh, Ms Kabir spoke on the issue of “Women in Humanitarian Action,” with special emphasis on increased effectiveness of women-led NGOs.
On Friday, 5th May 2017, Ms Kabir spoke at the London School of Economics at an event organized by Action Aid UK where representatives from all the major political parties in the UK were also present. This event was a pre-election initiative to sensitize all stakeholders on “Women’s Rights and Roles in Humanitarian Action.” Speakers at the event spoke directly for the benefit of the elected representatives at the seminar, articulating their needs and expectations from their own arenas as the UK looks forward to the national election on 8th June 2017.
Christian Aid is the coordinating organization for Shifting the Power in Bangladesh. This initiative by six international NGOs (Action Aid, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Tearfund and Concern Worldwide) is working towards the capacity development and working areas of local organizations in emergency response programmes to bring greater balance in humanitarian endeavours. This was a step taken by the START Network by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) through the visionary Disasters Emergency Preparedness Programme (DEPP). The programme will strengthen the capacities for national and international organizations in their decision making processes and for leadership in humanitarian responses, support local organizations in having greater representation, say and recognition in relevant networks and platforms while influencing international organizations to promote the roles of local actors.