Gender and DRR

Gender and DRR

Disasters highlight and accentuate the vulnerabilities of women while they reinforce, perpetuate and increases gender inequality.

Women are often considered as victims and the most vulnerable group for resource mobilization, rather than as sources of strength and resilience in their own right.

Existing approaches in disaster risk reduction are not only unable to address gender-based vulnerabilities, but also mask the skills and capabilities of women as individuals and as a group.

UNISDR, as part of the ongoing effort to promote gender equality in social, cultural and economic development, is determined to increase its efforts to mainstream gender concerns and needs into disaster risk reduction. The Hyogo Framework clearly emphasizes that: "A gender perspective should be integrated into all disaster risk management policies, plans and decision-making processes, including those related to risk assessment, early warning, information management and education and training."

UNISDR advocates for gender to be mainstreamed into disaster risk reduction.

UNISDR addresses the gender-based gaps and imbalances by advocating the importance and necessity of the integrating gender perspectives in disaster risk reduction to achieve the overarching goal of the Hyogo Framework: building resilience of nations and communities to disasters, and builds partnerships for mainstreaming gender perspectives into disaster risk reduction. The organization also develops practical tools and provides good practices to increase women's voice and visibility of their roles and contributions in the disaster risk reduction process at global, national and local levels.

UNISDR's focal point for Gender is Ms. Ana Cristina Angulo-Thorlund ( The following are key initiatives we've worked on:

The Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will take place in 2015 The Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will take place in 2015.
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