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Gender Perspective: Working Together for Disaster Risk Reduction, Good Practices and Lessons Learned

gender pers Promoting a gender-inclusive approach to disaster risk reduction

The Hyogo Framework for Action requires the full, active and balanced participation of both sexes, yet gender issues are often overlooked in the implementation of disaster risk reduction. This report from the UN/ISDR seeks to increase understanding of the gender vulnerabilities and risks, and to highlight women’s valuable contribution to disaster risk reduction. In doing so, it aims to trigger more action towards gender-inclusive disaster risk reduction process.

The report was produced in cooperation with GROOTS International, a network of grassroots women’s organizations, and is based on contributions from community-based organizations, NGOs and UNDP country offices in a range of countries. Drawing on these experiences, it presents a collection of 15 practices that advance gendered resilience building, which relate to women’s role in a number of areas.

These areas include:

  • awareness-raising and capacity-building
  • building safe communities and households
  • equal access to information

Based on the evidence provided, the authors argue that disaster recovery and rehabilitation provide good opportunities for women to play public roles with the support of their families and communities. They argue that more effort needs to be made to promote gender-inclusive disaster risk reduction, by strengthening, scaling up and empowering grassroots women to build resilient communities.

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Beijing Agenda For Global Action on Gender-Sensitive Disaster Risk Reduction

beijingtrip-042 More than 200 participants, among them ministers and parliamentarians, from 50 countries gathered in Beijing, China from April 20 to 22, 2009 to discuss how women and men can participate equally in driving early warning systems, risk assessments, preparedness exercises and national and local plans to implement disaster risk reduction policies.

Co-organized by the All China Women’s Federation (ACWF) and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the International Conference on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction and co-hosted by the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the UN system in China, the conference participants reviewed the progress made and challenges faced in mainstreaming gender perspectives into disaster risk reduction. Special consideration was given to issues related to climate change adaptation, poverty reduction and community resilience which are all linked to reducing the impact of disasters.

At the end of the conference, the participants were able to put their agreement into a document called “The Beijing Agenda For Global Action on Gender-Sensitive Disaster Risk Reduction”. The document, also known as the ‘Beijing Declaration for Action‘, is a set of nine (9) achievable actions before 2015 to ensure that a gender perspective is integrated into policies and programmes on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

This plan of action was endorsed by the participants and was  submitted to the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, Second Session, in Geneva on June 2009.

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The Manila Declaration for Global Action on Gender in Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction

DSC_0072 The Third Global Congress of Women in Politics and Governance with the Theme: Gender in Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction, was held from October 19 to 22, 2008 at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City, Philippines.

The activity was organized by the Center for Asia Pacific Women in Politics (CAPWIP) in partnership with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaste Reduction (UN/ISDR), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Global Gender and Climate Change (GGCA), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the Coordinating Committee on Women Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

The objectives of the Congress are:

  1. To understand the phenomenon of climate change, its impacts and its implications and study the appropriate risk reduction strategy;
  2. To review and examine the gender aspects in climate change and disaster risk reduction and formulate appropriate actions to address these aspects;
  3. To define the roles women can play in addressing the impacts of climate change and disaster risk reduction programs and policies at the global, national and sub-national levels; and
  4. To identify and define the action agenda for parliamentarians, policy advocates, and women leaders to support global and national actions to adapt gender responsive legislation and programs related to gender in climate change and disaster risk reduction.

A call to action called The Manila Declaration emerged out of the discussions during the Congress. This will be used to guide future actions and programs in response to climate change and was handed by the Congress organizers to the UN System through its various partners.

For more information about the Congress and to download pertinent documents, please visit the Third Global Congress of Women in Politics and Governance page

The Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015

hfa The World Conference on Disaster Reduction was held in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan, 18 to 22 January 2005. The Conference was organized to take stock of progress made on disaster risk reduction since the Yokohama Conference of 1994 and to plan for the next ten years.

The main outcome of the conference, the Hyogo Declaration and Hyogo Framework for Action, represent a strong commitment from the international community to address disaster reduction and to engage in a determined, results-based plan of action for the next decade: 2005-2015.

The Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015: Building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters, is a global blue print for disaster risk reduction efforts with a ten-year plan.  It contains guidelines to reduce vulnerabilities to natural hazards. The HFA assists the efforts of nations and communities to become more resilient to, and cope better with the hazards that threaten their development gains.

HFA has five (5) priorities for action:

  1. Make disaster risk reduction a priority
  2. Know the risks and take action
  3. Build understanding and awareness
  4. Reduce risk
  5. Be prepared and ready to act

It also outlines who is responsible for implementing disater risk reduction (DRR) and the HFA at all levels: state, regional and international organizations.

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