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Gender-related dimensions of disaster risk reduction and climate change
Head of UNIDSR calls for greater female involvement in DRR.
According to research by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, women and girls are 14 times more likely to die than men during a disaster. With this in mind, Dr. Robert Glasser, who heads the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), recently called for better data on women in disasters, during a special session on disasters and climate change at the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination.
Among the gender equality gaps that need addressing, Dr. Glasser emphasized, are participation in decision making and resource management, and access to social protection measures, education, health and early warning.
Dr. Glasser highlighted the importance of including women in the decision making and resource management processes, to improve social protection, health, education and early warning systems.
“Women are greatly affected by disasters, and more precise information and disaggregated data on the impact of disasters are needed to take better correction measures. Furthermore, climate change exacerbates weather-related hazards and at least 90 per cent of disasters are linked to natural hazards,” Glasser explained.
The Sendai Framework adopted in Japan in 2015, calls for greater involvement of women in disaster planning an management in order to improve community resilience.
“Women are too often portrayed as victims as they are more affected by disasters than any other group, but they have proved to be real game changers if they are included in decision making on disaster risk reduction and response,” added Glasser.
For more information on Dr. Glasser's address, visit the UNIDSR website.
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