Empowering women as actor citizens in disaster planning


It is important that women are enabled to be actor citizens in the planning process of disasters. Yet, because gender roles persist, women’s views are often side-lined in disaster planning. To this end, the UN has been encouraging “gender mainstreaming” across national policies and laws for many years and continues to do so with the Sendai Framework. This is a key way in which to counteract vulnerability and prevent or mitigate disaster impacts. Women do play an increasing role in disaster management, but in some parts of the world, such as Asia Pacific; “these roles are mostly invisible, rarely acknowledged and not included into formal systems”.

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