Everyone counts report 2019
How many people are reached by Red Cross and Red Crescent services each year? What types of services – health, disaster response, first aid – are most in demand? What’s the average age of National Society volunteers? Where does the funding come from, and how is it spent?
IFRC’s latest Everyone Counts report tries to answer these questions and more. The 2019 edition presents data on 2017 activities collected from all 190 of IFRC’s member National Societies. The resulting information captures the breadth and depth of the work of our global network of local humanitarian actors. It also shows the immense contribution they make as givers and receivers of international aid and support in response to disasters and health crises wherever they happen.
For the first time ever, Everyone Counts 2019 takes a deep dive into understanding how well our global network is performing in terms of its commitments to gender equality, both as it relates to staff and governance, as well as the number of women reached by Red Cross and Red Crescent programmes.
It makes for challenging but important reading. In 2017, women comprised only 45per cent of IFRC’s paid staff worldwide, while National Societies had 50 per cent women. The percentage of women on IFRC’s Governing Board was only 17 per cent– significantly lower than the 31 per cent figure across its membership. Globally, only 21 per cent of National Society Presidents and just 31 per cent of National Society Secretaries General are women.
In terms of programmes, we know that women are disproportionately affected by humanitarian crises. The initial analysis provided by Everyone Counts shows that more can and must be done to ensure that our action meets the needs of women and girls affected by disasters and other emergencies