Workshop course

QRCS and ICRC hold workshop to build capacity of GCC volunteer leaders

The Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has concluded a training workshop for the rehabilitation and integration of volunteer leaders in Red Crescent Societies/Authorities of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

Organized by Doha, the three-day event was organized in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The workshop was attended by 52 participants, including volunteers and staff from QRCS, Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA), Bahrain Red Crescent Society, Bahrain Red Crescent Society, Kuwait (KRCS) and the Oman Charitable Organization (OCO), in addition to ICRC Representatives.

In her remarks, Muna Fadel Al Sulaiti, Director of Volunteering and Local Development Division at QRCS, said: “This is part of a series of joint events and training courses organized regularly by the companies/authorities of the GCC Red Crescent, in pursuit of the decisions and recommendations of relevant committees under the GCC General Secretariat, in terms of senior officials, volunteer specialists and media experts We are all aware of the importance of partnership, cooperation and coordination among us as National Societies in various humanitarian, social, voluntary, and administrative work”.

She welcomed the involvement of ICRC trainers in delivering this important training for volunteers, highlighting the constant and close cooperation with the ICRC’s regional delegation to the GCC and its representation office in Qatar. At the end of 2021, the QRCS and the ICRC co-organized a three-week contemporary art exhibition under the theme “Humanitarian Principles: Here and Now”, organized by several organizations, in cooperation with the Swiss Embassy in Qatar.

Cherine Pollini, ICRC head of mission in Qatar, expressed her deep admiration for the many National Society volunteers and staff present at the training, who devoted their time and energy to humanitarian and social issues.

Pollini highlighted the “important and active part of the QRCS in this global humanitarian movement, which includes 192 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, she added: “All components of the Red Cross and Red Crescent are united around its seven fundamental principles and the firm commitment to provide assistance and protection to the most vulnerable members. society in all possible circumstances,” she added.

The agenda of the event included a number of topics crucial for the preparation and qualification of volunteer leaders who can lead, develop and plan volunteerism, such as: introduction to the movement, international humanitarian law, migration, humanitarian negotiation , Code of Conduct, Field Safety, Building Volunteer Teams, Practical Framework for Safer Access, Restoring Family Links, Presentation Skills and Leadership Basics.