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Gender Perspective: Working Together for Disaster Risk Reduction Disaster risk reduction has long remained a largely male dominated affair. It is clear that the full and balanced participation of women and men, and girls and boys make disaster risk re

BY: Manoj Kumar
Original Source / Author: ISDR, UN 13 Dec, 2017
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Gender Perspective: Working Together for Disaster Risk Reduction

Disaster risk reduction has long remained a largely male dominated affair.  It is clear that the full and balanced participation of women and men, and girls and boys make disaster risk reduction more effective. The present good practices have been compiled to draw the attention of practitioner’s policy/decision makers and stakeholders to the fact that gender-inclusive disaster risk reduction is feasible.  It is possible even in rural community settings where gender insensitivity is generally pervasive. This publication presents a collection of 15 practices related to gendered resilience building. The examples shared describe the different roles played by women from disaster prone communities. These roles involve constructing disaster resistant housing; improving community access to services; upgrading livelihoods; increasing food security; collecting and disseminating information; and negotiating claims to rights and resources. Each practice is an effort to shift the identity of women from beneficiaries to that of key actors in building, shaping and sustaining resilient communities.  Empowerment of women strengthens community capacities to cope with disaster. It also makes them active citizens that address development priorities   which are inextricably linked to reducing vulnerabilities.
 

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