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Gender, adaptation and disaster risk reduction

Source(s):  United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters (UNDP)

This policy brief considers gender inequality as an important dimension within climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts. It describes how gender gaps increase climactic and disaster risk vulnerability, while highlighting the ways CCA and DRR responses can unintentionally worsen socio-economic inequities. It emphasises how women's empowerment can improve CCA and DRR outcomes.

Key Messages:

  • Climate effort challenges also provide opportunities to improve human development. 
  • Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction actions could lead to maladaptation, unintentionally worsening socio-economic imbalances. 
  • Mainstreaming gender considerations into adaptation and through all phases of disasterreduction would add much value to these efforts.
  • Adaptation and disaster risk reduction is a process – there is a need for continuous assessment and realignment of goals and priorities.



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  • Gender, adaptation and disaster risk reduction
  • Publication date 2016
  • Author(s) Habtezion, Senay
  • Number of pages 8 p.

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