Date and time
31 Aug 2022 | (UK time) 10:00 - 11:00am

The webinar will aim to provide a general overview of the history of sexual harassment within the aid sector. Contributing to the discussion, are two speakers.

The first is a safeguarding and Protection from Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Sexual Harassment (PSEAH) expert with experience spanning various regions within the aid sector. The second speaker will represent the point of views of local Syrian organisations as a safeguarding and protection expert that has worked on the Syrian Emergency Response for the past ten years.

The session will inform the audience about key moments and incidents that shaped the current response to incidents of sexual harassment on a global level, and why it should be receiving more attention, as well as challenges encountered in addressing it.

The webinar will also ensure the representation of the Syria-specific point of view by sharing an overview of history of sexual harassment within the Syrian context, discussing past and current initiatives that aimed to address it, and the challenges encountered in successfully tackling sexual harassment as an issue within the Syrian aid sector. We will also allow for the audience to share their questions to the panelists.

Chair: Laith Sayed Ahmad


Laith worked on the Syrian response for the past 7 years, within the capacity of the design and delivery of humanitarian programming, as well as conducting monitoring, evaluation, and research to Syria’s various hubs. He currently works as the Syria National Representative to Middle East and North Africa's (MENA) Safeguarding Resource and Support Hub (RSH).


Panelist 1: Claudia Zehl

Claudia Zehl is a global Safeguarding and PSEAH Adviser for Johanniter International Assistance and member of the expert pool on PSEAH of the Standby Partnership (SBP) with over 12 years of experience in the humanitarian and development sector. Claudia also serves as a member of various workings groups and community of practices on PSEAH, such as CHS and part of the RSH. Claudia is a trained Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) Investigator, undergoing the new Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Sexual Harassment (SEAH) investigator qualification training scheme developed by Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) that builds professional skills in SEAH investigations and establishes a professional standard for investigators. Claudia is a trained facilitator on safeguarding and PSEAH topics, as well as training investigators


Panelist 2: Kinda Al Hourani  

Kinda Al-Hourani is the director of the protection programme at SEMA organisation, a Syrian humanitarian organisation. Kinda has been working in the humanitarian field for more than 8 years in the Syrian response. She is also an establishing member of the protection cluster in the Turkish Hub, and an active member in most technical working groups in (GP, GBVSC, CPS) and other related WGs. Kinda also serves as a member of the Project Review Committee HF as a gender focal point in the GBV sector and is a part of the founding steering committee of the PSEA Network against Sexual Assault and Harassment. We also have the pleasure of having Kinda serving as a National Advisory member in the RSH’s Syria National Expert Board.


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