The critical need to address gender perspectives in development and disasters is well established and has been acknowledged globally at the highest levels. Disasters showcase and highlight existing gender based imbalances and inequalities in societies; both vulnerabilities and capacities embedded in the social and economic context of development. Gender aspects cut across all segments of society and have implications for every action and move towards resilience building. Gender inclusion in development and disaster risk reduction (DRR) programming therefore is not a choice but an imperative.
Review of implementation experiences of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) highlight gender inclusiveness as one of the least progressed aspects of its implementation. The consultations for the post-2015 framework for DRR strongly challenge the notion of considering women as helpless victims in disasters and voice the need to better recognise women’s skills, capacities and leadership, demanding that the role of women must be acknowledged and inclusion of women must be enhanced in post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (HFA2).
The Stakeholder group ‘Women’s issues and gender equality in DRM and resilience building in Asia Pacific’ was constituted in 2012 as part of the ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP), Asia Regional Platform for DRR, to provide concerted focus and coherent guidance on this theme.
i. SAARC Disaster Management Centre (SDMC) as a member of the Stakeholder Group will initiate and carry out a pilot/ action research study at national and local levels in one or more countries in the SAARC region, on generation and use of sex and age dis- aggregated data to integrate gender equality and women’s empowerment issues into disaster risk management and resilience building.
ii. Encourage and support countries in other sub-regions to conduct similar pilots and research studies. (sub-regional level)
i. Pilot generation and use of sex and age disaggregated data in more than one countries in the SAARC region
ii. Support two more countries from the South-East Asian sub-region to pilot the use of sex and age disaggregated data
iii. Support one country from the Pacific sub-region to take action from the findings and recommendations of the pilot
Pilot on the collection, analysis and use of sex and age disaggregated data in 1-2 countries in the SAARC region initiated by SAARC DMC
2015 to 2017
Ms Ramona Miranda
Steering Committe member, Duryog Nivaran