‘How can I make this better?’ Profiles of women’s leadership in disaster risk reduction in Asia and the Pacific
Women are excellent leaders, yet they are still underrepresented in decision-making and leadership in disaster risk reduction. When you work in a field where you are in the minority, it can feel isolating. This collection seeks to recognize and celebrate just a few of the many amazing women leading disaster risk reduction efforts across Asia and the Pacific, in the hope that these profiles will inspire other women doing the same. Women’s equal participation and leadership in public life, including disaster risk reduction, is both an important goal in itself and essential for reducing disaster risk and achieving a broad range of sustainable development goals. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) is committed to supporting women’s leadership in disaster risk reduction, including through our flagship Women’s International Network on Disaster Risk Reduction (WIN DRR). We know that diversity in leadership improves results, and well-designed disaster risk reduction initiatives that provide for women’s full and effective participation advances gender equality and women’s empowerment while building our collective resilience.
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This report focuses on integrating gender into community-based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR), outlining activities and accomplishments in this area across the reporting countries.
After having used UNDRR's Disaster Resilience Scorecard to assess its risk reduction status in 10 essential areas, Honiara, in the Solomon Islands, has adopted a gender-focused approach to resilience.
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This report asks what needs to change in the approach of the United Nations system as a whole to make significant practical progress on gender equality in disaster risk reduction by 2030.
Team building during regional women's leadership training
The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami spurred a movement to develop female community leaders in Japan.
Official Launch of the Latin American and caribbean Network of Women for DRR
Through the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Women for Disaster Risk Reduction, women and girls will come together to share experiences, ideas and innovative and transformative solutions to the challenges posed by disaster risk.
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The inaugural WIN DRR Leadership Awards have been granted to Ms. Vasiti Soko, Director of the National Disaster Management Office in Fiji, and Dr. Nuraini Rahma Hanifa, an earthquake scientist who founded U-INSPIRE Alliance
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean
Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
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The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for everyone, but it has been especially hard for people who are marginalised in society, such as women living with disabilities and women and girls living in remote and rural areas.
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Women play a critical leadership role in the provision of healthcare across the Asia-Pacific Region, including during disasters. They are working to build more resilient health systems and helping transform the way healthcare is provided.