Gender, Climate Change, and Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery Strategy: Asia Pacific
The Asia-Pacific Region is one of the most vulnerable regions to disasters, which is now being exacerbated by the onslaught of climate change. According to the World Risk Report, 10 out of the 15 at most risk countries are located in Asia and the Pacific. The region accounts for over 90% of all global deaths from disasters. In addition, Asia Pacific make up almost 50% of worlds total damage due to disasters and climate change. The region combines high exposure to frequent and damaging natural hazards with low capacity to manage the resulting risks. Research evidence also shows that certain social groups within the region experience more severe impacts of disasters and climate change than others. Because of widespread gender inequality and discrimination against women, women and girls are typically more likely to be negatively affected by the impacts of climate change and disasters than men and face greater barriers to influence, participate in and benefit from disaster risk reduction, recovery and climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.