Vasiti Soko is the first female Director of Fiji National Disaster Management Office (NDMO). In a span of two years after she was appointed, Vasiti coordinated Fiji’s response to seven tropical cyclones and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Nuraini Rahma Hanifa works with the Research Center for Geotechnology, Research Organization of Earth Sciences, National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), previously known as Indonesia Institute of Sciences (LIPI).
Ruth Timauku
“I was interested in the work of disaster risk reduction because when I was a small girl, a cyclone hit my community,” Ruth recalls.
Aiping Chen
“If women's involvement also becomes an essential step in screening those project proposals, and their leadership will be encouraged, that would be a success,” Aiping says.
Lea Ivy Manzanero
Lea says the lack of gender equality in decision-making has made it harder for women to be heard in disaster planning and in all aspects of Philippine society.
Josephine Castillo
Josephine Castillo ‘Jhocas’ helped start DAMPA after the demolition of a division of settlements of urban poor in Manila in the 1980’s. The network shares best practices to transform communities by building resilience.
Rumana Khan
Despite many innovations in humanitarian work like digital connectivity and anticipatory action, gender inequality remains a challenge in Bangladesh, says Rumana.
Manisha Pantha

Manisha’s nursing career began with a tragedy. After just six months of nursing practice, there was a deadly accident in a nearby village where she

Oliver Seiffarth Philippe Quevauviller
CERIS Disaster Resilient Societies platform links different DRR policies and also strengthens opportunities for transdisciplinary and transboundary joint efforts to work with different actors.
John Mphaya
‘As people we can implement manmade solutions to help change the situation,’ John says, ‘because if floods are happening it is due to deforestation, soil erosion and land degradation.’

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