The Importance of Women in Disaster Risk Reduction

The Importance of Women in Disaster Risk Reduction Free

By UNITAR
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This course will focus on the role of women in disasters. You will learn to identify the linkages between disaster prevention, disaster risk reduction, and gender. The following topics will be covered in the course module: women as leaders for DRR, looking at disasters with a gender lens, gender and DRR inter-linkages, select case studies, and the concept of “Leave No One Behind.”

From the author:This course will focus on the role of women in disasters. You will learn to identify the linkages between disaster prevention, disaster risk reduction, and gender. The following topics will be covered in the course module: women as leaders for DRR, looking at disasters with a gender lens, gender and DRR inter-linkages, select case studies, and the concept of “Leave No One Behind.”

The Importance of Women in Disaster Risk Reduction course excerpts

Introduction to the Importance of Women in Disaster Risk Reduction

In celebration of International Women's Day
The Importance of Women in Disaster Risk Reduction Course - Lesson Excerpt

Introduction to the Importance of Women in Disaster Risk Reduction

Introduction to the Importance of Women in Disaster Risk Reduction

This lesson will discuss the course’s creation in honour of International Women’s Day, and briefly discuss some of the foundations for considering gender in disasters and introduce the goals of the course.

Introduction to the Importance of Women in Disaster Risk Reduction

Although natural disasters affect everyone...

Introduction to the Importance of Women in Disaster Risk Reduction

...there is often a more severe and disproportional impact on vulnerable populations, including women, children, youth, aging adults, people with disabilities, migrants, refugees, and minorities

Introduction to the Importance of Women in Disaster Risk Reduction

Unfortunately, these groups’ voices and their needs are often left out of disaster planning and response.

Introduction to the Importance of Women in Disaster Risk Reduction

Multi-stakeholder groups also highlighted these understandings at the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015. Source: https://www.wcdrr.org/uploads/Mobilizing-Women%E2%80%99s-Leadership-in-Disaster-Risk-Reduction.pdf

Introduction to the Importance of Women in Disaster Risk Reduction

This course module will explore the following: Women as leaders in disaster risk reduction The importance of viewing disasters with a gender lens The link between gender and risk reduction in disaster Two case studies of Women Leaders in Japan, specifically after Japan experienced 311 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011 How to empower women during reconstruction after disasters How to “Leave No One Behind” in disasters

Acknowledgements Improvement Sciences customised this content for use in EdApp’s free, Educate All course library. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan generously supported the development of this content with the United Nations Institute for Teaching and Research.

Introduction to the Importance of Women in Disaster Risk Reduction

Women as leaders for DRR

The Importance of Women in Disaster Risk Reduction Course - Lesson Excerpt

Why women as leaders for DRR?

Women as leaders for DRR

In sum, women’s leadership is seen to be DIFFERENT from which implies control and hierarchical power structure: More democratic Seeks to enhance “ability of the group” Focuses on helping the community members come together Women tend to prefer partnership as opposed to controlling, and to build relationships based on trust and mutual support

Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030) You can download the pdf file in multiple languages by visiting: https://www.undrr.org/implementing-sendai-framework/what-sendai-framework Under the “Guiding Principles” it calls for women’s leadership (III Para 19 (d))

Women as leaders for DRR

Similarly, the 2017 Global Platform for DRR also made calls for women's leadership roles. You can download the pdf file by visiting: https://www.preventionweb.net/files/53989_chairssummaryofthe2017globalplatfor.pdf

Women as leaders for DRR

Which framework called for more women in leadership as one of its "Guiding Principles"?

Looking at Disasters with a Gender Lens

The Importance of Women in Disaster Risk Reduction Course - Lesson Excerpt

Looking at disasters with a gender lens

Looking at Disasters with a Gender Lens

In a sample of 141 countries over the period of 1981 to 2002, it was found that in societies where gender inequality persists, natural disasters (and subsequent impacts) on average

Gendered Impacts Natural disasters affect men and women, and boys and girls, differently. The impacts are NOT “natural” but are shaped and often exacerbated by existing gender inequalities. These issues include: Gender roles Gender stereotypes Gendered division of labor Unpaid care work Lack of decision-making power

Women as agents of change

Looking at Disasters with a Gender Lens

We need to understand that women are not just vulnerable victims.

Looking at Disasters with a Gender Lens

Women are strong networkers, managers, organizers, and caretakers in their family and community.

Looking at Disasters with a Gender Lens

Numerous studies and initiatives have shown how women leaders build resilient communities and contribute to “Building Back Better.”

Looking at Disasters with a Gender Lens

Gender and DRR Inter-linkages

The Importance of Women in Disaster Risk Reduction Course - Lesson Excerpt

Gender and DRR Inter-linkages

Gender and DRR Inter-linkages

It is also important to look at vulnerability with a gender lens, especially because gender inequality in normal times increase vulnerability at times of natural disasters and climate hazards (as seen in the Quizzes).

Gender and DRR Inter-linkages

Case Study - Women's Leadership in Reconstruction from Disaster

Interview with NPO Yappesu
The Importance of Women in Disaster Risk Reduction Course - Lesson Excerpt

Case Study - Women's Leadership Interview with Women's NPO Yappesu

Case Study - Women's Leadership in Reconstruction from Disaster

Yappesu was established in May 2011 to foster and support residents volunteering towards reconstructing Ishinomaki.

Case Study - Women's Leadership in Reconstruction from Disaster

Yappesu means "Let's Do It Together" in their dialect in North East Japan.

Case Study - Women's Leadership in Reconstruction from Disaster

The Organization supports Ishinomaki City to become a lively city again, where each resident takes part in the reconstruction process and everyone can live happily. It supports local entrepreneurs with hand crafts and holds festivals to promote Ishinomaki City.

Case Study - Women's Leadership in Reconstruction from Disaster

Yappesu also focuses on women’s leadership among communities and gives lectures about leadership and human resource development.

Case Study - Women's Leadership in Reconstruction from Disaster

Let's hear the story from Ms. Yoshie Kaneko, the President of Yappesu.

Case Study - Women's Leadership in Reconstruction from Disaster

Visit Yappesu Website: http://yappesu.jp/

Case Study - Women's Leadership in Reconstruction from Disaster

Leave No One Behind - RERA

RERA supporting elderly people by providing transportation service
The Importance of Women in Disaster Risk Reduction Course - Lesson Excerpt

Leave no one behind NPO RERA

Leave No One Behind - RERA

The Great East Japan Earthquake hit the northeastern region in 2011. Almost 60,000 vehicles were damaged due to submersion or destroyed by flood in Ishinomaki area in Miyagi prefecture.

Leave No One Behind - RERA

Under such circumstances, there was an NGO which began providing transportation assistance service in the area immediately after the earthquake. They carry on their activities with the motto ‘Let’s protect the means of transportation in disaster hit areas’.

Leave No One Behind - RERA

They mainly support the elderly’s hospital visits who have underlying conditions. The users make an appointment by phone and they can use the service only for the cost of gasoline to the destination.

Leave No One Behind - RERA

This NGO is financed by the donation from the general public and subsidies from Miyagi prefecture and private organizations. We heard the stories from the representative Ms. Hiroko MURASHIMA .

Leave No One Behind - RERA

Our hope is our loved ones live happily in this city by RERA.

Leave No One Behind - RERA

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