GirlGI | Girl Gone International Issue 6 - Page 27

Why might this particular field be of interest to other GGIs? While there is no hard evidence or research out there about how many women work for aid agencies in humanitarian responses, I think it is a high percentage. Yet, in the popular psyche, humanitarian aid work is characterized by being macho, living on the edge, climbing heaps of rubble, unloading sacks of food, dealing with mud, Land Cruisers and helicopters. What do you enjoy most and least about your job? One of the best-kept secrets about working in this field is that Westerners make up a very small percentage of the total aid workers in any country, so you can work with and develop friendships with people from hugely different backgrounds. Usually, they are also extremely caring, compassionate, kind and welcoming; they are people who want others to know and see the best their country has to offer even if there is a war going on. There are kind and generous people in every place on earth.