Voluntary commitment

Statement of Voluntary Commitments of Asia-Pacific Stakeholder Group on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Disaster Risk Management and Regional Resilience Building for the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction

Description

1. The Stakeholder group will work collectively:
I. To ensure that women’s leadership role and perspectives on gender equality in DRM and resilience building are comprehensively represented and included in the formulation of the HFA2;
II. To support related actions in HFA2 implementation by providing guidance, strengthening capacities and monitoring progress against agreed deliverables.

2. Actions related to the three sub-themes of the conference (Community Resilience, Public Investments and Private Sector Engagement):
Ensure that recommendations of the Key Area 4 study - ‘Women as a force in resilience building, gender equality in DRR: Report of the consultations in Asia- Pacific’ are included within the sub-themes of the conference:
Review the background papers and suggest filling gaps, as necessary particularly;
I. Discuss with lead organizations of the technical sessions to ensure the recommendations of the paper titled Women as a force in resilience building, gender equality in DRR which is the report of the consultations in Asia- Pacific on Key Area 4 as input towards post-2015 framework for DRR (HFA2)
II. Key area 4 paper -Women as a force in resilience building, gender equality in DRR: Report of the consultations in Asia- Pacific’ gets due attention at the sessions
III. Assist in including gender equality and women’s empowerment issues in to the conference theme discussions (extend support with identifying speakers and reviewing presentations; and provide relevant information and talking points)

3. Actions related to evolving HFA2 priorities [towards implementation of the same]:
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 SAARC1 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)
III. Mobilize resources to increase awareness and build capacities of the national and local governments to implement HFA2 and monitor progress from gender perspectives at regional and global levels..
IV. Inform regional and global platforms about the progress against HFA2 targets (outputs) and indicators (outcomes) (regional/global) on active participation of women in Asia-Pacific
1 Signatory countries to South Asia Agreement of Regional Corporation
V. Grassroots level academy to document women’s capacity in DRR and carry out capacity building (Huairou Commission)
VI. Advocate Japanese government to carry out actions called for through the Senadi Call to Action on Gender and Diversity in Disaster Risk Reduction: Towards the post Hyogo Framework for Action (Japanese Women’s Network for DRR)

Targets

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 data2
III. Support one country from the Pacific sub-region to take action from the findings and recommendations of the pilot
IV. Mobilise resources to conduct awareness and training programmes with a pilot for capacity building of national and local government officials in 1-2 countries on the collection, analysis and use of sex and age disaggregated data.
V. Report results to IAP, regional and global platforms
VI. Creating a formal network and introducing communication mechanisms such as mailing groups, organize meetings, publishing articles…etc to foster information exchange and learning (to be confirmed)

Indicators

I. 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
II. Awareness and capacity building programmes on the collection, analysis and use of sex and age disaggregated data conducted in 1-2 countries
III. Progress on women's inclusion reviewed and reported or Progress on the collection of sex and age disaggregated vulnerability and capacity information as well as progress in mainstreaming gender in DRR

Means of verification

Documents, reports, updates at the IAP, Regional and Global Platforms

Timeframe

Until 2017 –Up to 7AMCDRR

Attachments

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Contact Person

Ms Vishaka Hidellage
Director, Practical Action, Sri Lanka

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