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Disaster risk reduction

Friday, January 2, 2015

Gender-sensitive disaster risk reduction refers to analysing and taking into account the roles and relationships of women and men formed by gender norms within a given culture and society. UN Women works hand-in-hand with governments and civil society to strengthen the role of women in disasters. More

Post-disaster assessment in Myanmar highlights disproportionate impact on women

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Due to a variety of factors, women and girls are especially vulnerable at times of crisis. More

Recognise the strength of women and girls in reducing disaster risks!

Monday, October 1, 2012

With disasters affecting Viet Nam annually, in combination with a particular vulnerability to the adverse effects of climate change, it is essential to recognize women and girls as dynamic actors in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. More

In Viet Nam, women are leading disaster prevention and response

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Viet Nam ranks among the 12 countries with the highest levels of exposure to natural disasters this year. Until recently, women’s role in disaster risk reduction, preparedness and response was not recognized, which compromised these efforts. With the support of UN Women, local women are now leading their communities in preparing for disasters in ways that reduce negative impacts. When the Kien Giang river flooded last year in the middle of the night, the damage to lives and livelihoods of the people of My Thuy commune was minimal, because of the preparations and adaptations. More

Lives saved in Viet Nam by involving women in disaster planning

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Through the training of women in disaster management, as well as national lobbying, the contribution of women has been recognized and a government decree now gives the Women’s Union an official space in decision-making bodies. More

Placing Pacific women at the forefront of disaster planning and response

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

As the Pacific braces itself for another cyclone season, UN Women is leading efforts to ensure that women and girls are at the centre of disaster preparedness, response and recovery work. More

Putting women at the forefront of climate change and disaster response in the Pacific

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Whether training women solar engineers in Fiji or assisting with the humanitarian response plan after a major cyclone in Tonga, UN Women is working with climate-change and disaster-management professionals across the Pacific. More

International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction: “Women and Girls – the [in]Visible Force of Resilience”

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction is commemorated annually on 13 October. The objective of the observance is to raise awareness of how people are taking action to reduce their risk to disasters. The theme of the 2012 International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) is “Women and Girls - the [in]Visible Force of Resilience. More

Making disaster risk reduction gender-sensitive: Policy and practical guidelines

Thursday, January 1, 2009

This publication is the result of extensive consultations and a response to the call for clear policy and practical guidance for mainstreaming gender perspectives into disaster risk reduction. It offers much-needed policy and practical guidelines for national and local governments to further implement the Hyogo Framework for Action. More

Editorial spotlight: What does gender have to do with reducing and addressing disaster risk?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, taking place in Cancun, Mexico, from 24 – 26 May, is expected to convene more than 5,000 delegates, including Heads of State, Ministers, disaster experts, along with representatives from civil society organizations, United Nations, academia and technology sector, and the private sector. With natural disasters on the rise—445 million people were affected last year alone, according to UNISDR (the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction)—the Forum will focus on how to prevent disasters and reduce the loss of lives, as well as economic and infrastructure losses. More

Gender Equality Update highlights results of Nepal’s Post-Disaster Needs Assessment

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

In its fourth edition, the UN Women and OCHA-led Gender Working Group’s Gender Equality Update highlights the results of Nepal’s Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA), along with news and key facts summaries related to gender equality and women’s empowerment in the emergency response after the earthquakes in Nepal. More

Making sure women play an active role in emergency response and disaster reduction

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

On World Humanitarian Day, 19 August, we take a look at UN Women’s work to ensure that women’s needs are considered and voices heard in humanitarian action and disaster planning. More

Women2000 and Beyond: Making Risky Environments Safer: Women Building Sustainable and Disaster-Resilient Environments

Thursday, April 1, 2004

This issue of Women2000 and Beyond addresses gender issues in disaster reduction and sustainable development. It provides a gender analysis of the increasing risks and the impacts of disasters, and discusses the notions of risk and physical and social vulnerability from a gender perspective. More

UN Women launches new programme to address the gender inequality of risk at international conference on disaster risk reduction

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Yannick Glemarec, will participate at the fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (24-26 May) in Cancun, Mexico, which will convene more than 5,000 delegates to discuss how to prevent disasters and reduce the loss of lives, as well as economic and infrastructure losses. More

From Commitment to Action: Statement by Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec at the fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Statement by Yannick Glemarec, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme at the fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico More

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