Women leadership, empowerment and capacity development


Women are first responders and leaders in disaster risk management. For effective disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and resilience, women’s potential needs to be unleashed and their equal leadership supported.

Ida Gabrielsson
Organisations like Mahila Housing Trust and Slum Dwellers International work with women to design safe, resilient housing solutions.
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.
There is no doubt that the climate crisis is gendered, and the evidence is increasingly coming to bear.
United Nations Population Fund
Christina Rosario de Oliveira
The volunteers enable residents to identify risks where they live – themselves – and use that knowledge to prevent future disasters.
Ayeisha Sheldon, United Nations Operational Satellite Applications Programme

Despite the challenges, Ayeisha says building the capacity with local governments down to the community level, can support better disaster pla

Sheela Patel explains why women are ideally placed to map vulnerability to climate change in their community and city.
International Institute for Environment and Development