Workshop for development of policy guidelines on mainstreaming gender into disaster risk reduction
A three-day workshop in Geneva began work on policy guidelines for mainstreaming gender into disaster risk reduction (DRR), on 28-30 January. Experts from different backgrounds agreed that there was much common ground between gender mainstreaming in Climate Change Adaptation, Environmental Resource Management and DRR, that a gender perspective had not been adequately integrated into any of these areas, and that joint work was necessary. A great need for policy guidance development was identified. Participants agreed on an outline of policy guidelines that they committed to working on together, to make available to governments at national and local levels. To support implementation of these guidelines, participants also identified a list of documents and tools which need to be developed through joint efforts. Participants committed to follow up the results of this workshop to move the gender mainstreaming agenda to the next level. The workshop was co-organized by IUCN and the UN/ISDR secretariat.