Gender-inclusive initiatives are a requirement for effective disaster risk management

Gender-inclusive initiatives are a requirement for effective disaster risk management

24 - 25 Nov 2014

Manila, Philippines

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center’s workshop with more than 120 gender experts and disaster risk reduction practitioners calls for systematic gender-inclusive initiatives as a requirement for efficient and effective disaster risk management in vulnerable communities.

Organized by ADPC in cooperation with Wilton Park, an Executive Agency of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and with support from the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the workshop brings together representatives from around the Asian region, including Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The focus of the round-table discussion is based on the underlying premise that by taking a gendered approach to understanding disaster prevention, preparedness and response, women who are often sidelined in these discussions can engage in community and regional planning which will save lives, protect assets and strengthen official disaster frameworks.

Through a highly participative program, participants explore the knowledge and skills of women and men in preventing and responding to disasters and how this knowledge can be adapted and taken into account in response.

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More information about the workshop is available here.

Socorro Reyes, Regional Governance Adviser from The Center for Legislative Development International in the Philippines
participating the discussions on gender-inclusive approaches to disaster risk reduction.

Clara Rita Padilla, Executive Director of EnGendeRights sharing the experiences from the recent disaster response
operations in the Philippines.

Shane Wright, Executive Director of Asian Disaster Preparedness Center opening the workshop together with Robin Hart,
Director of Programmes from Wilton Park and Cipriano M. Fampulme, Commissioner of Presidential Commission for
the Urban Poor, Philippines. Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang gave a presentation on the work of Philippine Red Cross.

Photos by: Ryan Mabeza