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16 Jan 2017 description

Help, not heels and handbags in humanitarian crises

A new report has found that more than 70 shipping containers packed with high heels, handbags, heavy blankets, canned food and other unrequested goods were sent to Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam in 2015. Ten months after the cyclone, 18 containers remained uncollected, accumulating nearly $2 million in storage fees, while more than half of the canned food items had expired.

13 Jul 2016 description

Red Cross will support the development of a new web platform designed to connect refugees and asylum seekers with interpreters

The new Interpreter Central website will enables caseworkers and clients to preview, book and review interpreters, ensuring a better fit with languages and dialects.

The idea came from Melbourne's first Techfugees Hackathon in April this year, where Red Cross partnered with the start-up community. Several ideas were developed as a result.

20 Jun 2016 description

The business of preventing conflict

Fauve Kurnadi, from Australian Red Cross' international humanitarian law program, examines how businesses can contribute to the prevention and alleviation of conflict.

MONDAY JUNE 20, 2016

14 Jun 2016 description

By Dr Phoebe Wynn-Pope, Australian Red Cross

Tuesday June 14, 2016

On Wednesday morning, three medical facilities were destroyed in the Syrian city of Aleppo. At least 15 people are reported to have been killed and dozens wounded, when bombs rained down on the al-Bayan and al-Hakim hospitals, and the Abdulhadi Fares clinic. 

18 Dec 2015 description

The needs, rights and dignity of world's migrants has been on the agenda at a high-level humanitarian meeting in Geneva this month.

The 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, the largest humanitarian meeting of its kind, is being attended by 190 Red Cross societies and government representatives from each of their countries. It was held in the Swiss capital over three days (8 to 10 December 2015).

18 Dec 2015 description

The Australian Government and Australian Red Cross will work together to strengthen international humanitarian law, protect vulnerable migrants, strengthen humanitarian agencies in the Pacific and promote social cohesion and non-violence.

Pledges made by the Australian Government and Red Cross last week reflect a strong, mutual commitment to humanitarian action.

Australia joined other States party to the Geneva Conventions at the International Conference of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement in Geneva from 8-10 December.

09 Sep 2015 description

The Australian Red Cross released the first edition of its International Humanitarian Law magazine for 2015, with a focus on journalism and the laws of war. In this issue ICRC Deputy Head of Public Relations Dorothea Krimitsas discusses the ICRC journalist hotline, set up to protect and assist media staff in armed conflict areas.

14 Aug 2015 description

Is it a dangerous time to be a humanitarian? There are disturbing reports of humanitarian actors being shot at while they work and chased out of the places where they are most needed.

Four aid workers have been killed in Yemen since April. More than 50 have been killed in Syria: mostly young women and men volunteering to save lives over the last five years of conflict. In South Sudan, heavy fighting forced doctors and nurses to flee a hospital in Kodok. And the list goes on.

24 Nov 2014 description

With a least four major tropical cyclones expected to hit Pacific Island nations this summer, Red Cross is standing ready to help people prepare, respond and recover.

"The risk of tropical cyclones in the region is higher than normal in El Nino years," says Steve Ray, International Emergencies Manager at Australian Red Cross. "We will likely see seven or eight named tropical cyclones in our region, of which at least four are expected to be severe."

28 Jul 2014 description

This guidance note outlines how climate change can impact men and women differently and identifies important ways in which gender roles can strengthen mens and women’s capacity to adapt to changing climate-related risks. As gender equality is an ongoing commitment of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the note proposes steps for helping Red Cross Red Crescent colleagues to be climate-smart and gender sensitive in their programming.

03 Jul 2013 description

A new animation video has been launched aimed at supporting communities across the Pacific to be better prepared for climate change and disasters.

Called 'The Pacific Adventures of the Climate Crab', the video stars a comical crab that can cope well with disasters. It follows the crab's escapades across the Pacific.

The video has been produced to take the mystery out of climate and climate change, communicating scientific information to communities, governments and non-government organisations.

31 Mar 2013 description

Responding to gender-based violence in emergencies

This guidance note looks at the causes, risks and impacts of gender-based violence during emergencies. It offers suggestions for how Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies might plan for gender- based violence in emergency response.

This resource can be used as a tool during gender training, as an information sheet for staff and volunteers, at the governance level, and as part of education or advocacy activities in National Societies.

28 Nov 2012 description

Australian Red Cross humanitarian diplomacy has gone high-tech, with an App which throws everyday Australians face-to-face with some of the life-and-death choices refugees are forced to make.

In the ‘And then I was a refugee…’ App, users select a character who is forced to run for their life when their village is attacked by rebels. Along the way they have to make decisions such as whether to join the rebels to stay alive, whether to steal water from a village, or if they should accept help from a people smuggler.

29 Aug 2012 description

A name scrawled on a tattered piece of paper, a photo posted on a noticeboard in a remote refugee camp – both can hold the key for Red Cross staff and volunteers working in countries around the globe to uncover the fate of the some of the world’s countless missing people.

16 May 2012 description
Full report
Factsheet: The Three Rules to Communication in Recovery
Factsheet: The Principals of Communication in Recovery

Communicating in Recovery is a best-practice guide for people or organisations managing information in a post-emergency environment. It is targeted and practical, can be applied to any type of emergency in any geographical area and can be used in large or small emergencies.

The guide can be used alongside a series of training modules devised by the Australian Red Cross and which are freely available here: http://www.redcross.org.au/training-modules.aspx

31 Dec 2011 description

Overview

This briefing paper looks at the importance of gender within Red Cross programs and services and offers some suggestions about how Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies might better integrate gender into shelter programs.

This paper can be used as a tool during gender training, as an information sheet for staff and volunteers, at the governance level, and as part of education and advocacy activities within a Society.

31 Dec 2011 description

Overview

This briefing paper looks at the importance of gender within Red Cross programs and services and offers some suggestions about how Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies might integrate gender into water and sanitation programs and strategies.

This paper can be used as a tool during gender training, as an information sheet for staff and volunteers, at the governance level, and as part of education or advocacy activities within a Society.

31 Dec 2011 description

Overview

This briefing paper looks at the importance of gender within Red Cross disaster management and offers some suggestions about how Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies might integrate gender into programs and strategies.

This paper can be used as a tool during gender training, as an information sheet for staff and volunteers, at the governance level, and as part of education or advocacy activities within a Society.

27 Dec 2011 description

Australian Red Cross aid workers will be helping out across the globe in disaster, conflict and development zones this festive season.

TUESDAY DECEMBER 20, 2011

Peter Giugni will be setting up the ICRC's first regional office in Afghanistan's volatile Khost province. A world away from the turkey and tinsel of an Antipodean Christmas, Australian Red Cross aid workers will be helping out across the globe in disaster, conflict and development zones this festive season.

05 Sep 2011 description

For years Isha Munya had no idea where her mother and eldest daughter were, after civil war in Somalia tore the family apart. But after more than a decade of uncertainty, with the help of Red Cross, Isha has finally found her loved ones.

Isha and her family tell their story to mark International Day of the Disappeared (30 August 2011). In the last year Australian Red Cross' Tracing Service has resolved the cases of more than 370 people separated by war, conflict or disaster.