Mainstreaming Gender into Community-Based Disaster Risk Management

Training Course
Versed Professional Services Limited (VPSL)
30 Oct - 03 Nov 2017
Kenya (Nairobi)
Versed Professional Services Training Facilities


The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global roadmap for disaster risk reduction from 2015 – 2030 recognizes the importance of gender-dimensions in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and calls for inclusiveness and engagement of all society. Sendai Framework called for:

“a gender, age, disability and cultural perspective in all policies and practices; and the promotion of women and youth leadership; in this context, special attention should be paid to the improvement of organized voluntary work of citizens.”

Furthermore, Sendai Framework emphasized that "women and their participation are critical to effectively managing disaster risk and designing, resourcing and implementing gender-sensitive disaster risk reduction policies, plans and programmes; and adequate capacity building measures need to be taken to empower women for preparedness as well as build their capacity for alternate livelihood means in post-disaster situations."  This course seeks to fill gaps in practical guidance in gender mainstreaming in disaster risk management at the local and community level.

Course objectives

In general, the course aims to integrate the gender perspective in disaster risk management to ensure that both women and men have the necessary capacities in addressing their respective vulnerabilities to enable them to protect themselves, their families and their immediate communities.

Specifically, the course aims to:

  • Review the concepts of disasters and Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM)

  • Introduce participants to the gender perspective in CBDRM and the process of gender integration in CBDRM

  • Expose the participants on the process of gender-sensitive risk assessment

  • Introduce the participants to Gender-Sensitive Disaster Risk Management for effective disaster risk reduction, response, and recovery.

Training outline

Module1: Understanding Disasters & Community-Based Disaster Risk Management

  • Introduction

  • The concept of community-based disaster risk management

  • The importance of community in CBDRM

  • Core principles of CBDRM

  • Basic concepts: Disaster and disaster risk management

  • Definition of key terms and concepts in CBDMR

  • Assignment

Module 2: Gender Perspective in CBDRM

  • Introduction

  • Gender and disaster

  • Why it is important to consider gender issues in CBDRM?

  • Gender Perspective in CBDRM?

  • Gender mainstreaming in CBDRM

Module 3: Gender-Sensitive Risk Assessment

  • Introduction

  • Hazard Assessment

  • Participatory Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment

  • What is disaster risk assessment?

  • The need to make risk assessment gender-sensitive

  • Assignment

Module 4: Gender Sensitive Disaster Early Warning System

  • Introduction

  • Understanding early warning

  • The need for gender-sensitive early warning system

  • How to build a gender-sensitive early warning system

  • Assignment

Module 5: Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Introduction

  • What are indicators?

  • Why are indicators important?

  • What are gender-sensitive indicators?

  • How to build good gender-sensitive indicators

  • How to use indicators during the programme cycle of a disaster risk reduction intervention

  • Assignment

Module 6: Conclusion and Final Examination

  • Final Examination

  • Participants Evaluation of Course/Feedback

  • Conclusion

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