Skip navigation

Josef Korbel School of International Studies Humanitarian Assistance Program

Josef Korbel building

Past Events

Panel o Women's Security in the Field

Panel on Security of Women in the Field

The Humanitarian Assistance Program collaborated with Denver Women in International Security to present a panel to discuss the security of women in the field of humanitarian assistance, as organized by certificate student Amanda Livingstone. International Disaster Psychology Professor Courtney Welton-Mitchell moderated the discussion, joined by Adjunct Professor Sue Weinstein, Josef Korbel School of International Studies' alum and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Kyle Horton, and current MA student Liyam Eloul.

The panel highlighted many of the difficulties women face while working in the field. Professor Welton-Mitchell noted that there is a disturbing trend in the humanitarian field where men are given hero status for surviving bombings while women are often stigmatized by rape. Horton spoke of his experience with the Peace Corps in Honduras and stressed the importance of making local friends, taking the time to learn the local language, and trying to adapt to cultural norms as much as possible. Eloul, who has spent considerable time working in the Middle East, echoed Horton's sentiments, and emphasized the need to find healthy alternatives to dealing with stress. Professor Weinstein, who has worked extensively in Darfur, reiterated the importance of care for personal mental health during the immense stress of field work.

A representative from the University of Denver's Campus Safety team attended to inform students of the option to take a self-defense class, Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) system, available monthly to women. Click here for more information on R.A.D.

For more information about the Panel on Women's Security in the Field, check out our Spring 2013 Newsletter.