At MAG, we are committed to promoting women and girls’ full, equal and meaningful participation in the humanitarian sector. Only by achieving gender equality will we achieve the global ambition to leave no one behind.
Gender sensitivity and gender equality in our work are vital; women and girls are often disproportionately affected by conflict and underrepresented in decision-making processes.
There are fearless and inspiring women and men working with MAG in each of the 25 countries we work in — clearing landmines, reducing the impact of weapons and supporting communities living with a deadly legacy of conflict.
We are incredibly proud to count the women like Hana Khider and her team, who feature in the Nobel Peace Prize Documentary Into The Fire, as colleagues. MAG would be nothing without the dedicated and heroic people who work with us, saving lives and building safer futures.
On International Women's Day, and every day, we #ChooseToChallenge ourselves and our progress at MAG and across the sector. Because there is still much work to be done.
In 2019, a Mines Action Canada survey of 12 NGOs involved in mine action around the world, including MAG and our peers, found that women made up only 20 per cent of operational staff.
By the end of 2020, thanks to a process of listening and learning, targeted investment, and the committed work of our Gender and Inclusion Advisor, that figure was 26 per cent at MAG.
We are on a journey as an organisation and we have a long way still to go. But we won't reach our destination unless we continue to challenge ourselves and the status quo — and turn ambition into action.