Thought pieces from around the network
By Ms. Fine TU’ITUPOU ARNOLD, Secretary General of Cook Islands Red Cross Society
As someone born, raised, educated and living in small island developing states (SIDS) in the Pacific, I am very familiar with the challenges we face. We are collections of tiny countries, far from anywhere – the islands that make up our countries are often, themselves, strung out over vast distances.
Smallness in itself, along with internal and external remoteness, makes running these countries a challenge – even without adding the consequences. What’s more, almost all small island states around the world are in the tropics. This means that our societies and lives have always faced the perils that come with the tropical climate.
Ms. Fine Tu’itupou Arnold, Secretary General of Cook Islands Red Cross Society speaks about the importance of women leadership in the network. Fine shares her reflections on women leadership at different levels of the organization.
By Amjad Saleem, IFRC
We are in a period of the globalisation of fragility. The definition of protection, its scope and limitations, the role of humanitarian agencies, authorities and other actors has been and continues to be debated. Within the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, interpretations and practice on protection is also diverse and varied but the aspect is to explore it in a wide perspective around Do No Harm and keeping people safe, considering how National Societies (NS) have always engaged in wide range of protective actions, and in response to increasing conflict, displacement and migration, some are increasingly active in certain fields.