natural disasters

Rebuilding Nepal: Women’s Roles in Political Transition and Disaster Recovery

Following the 2015 earthquake and ten-year civil war, Nepali women played a crucial yet underappreciated role in relief efforts, and many continue to help the country as it moves into long-term recovery initiatives. This study by Georgetown’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security explore how gender-based discrimination and legal barriers amplified the adverse impacts of the conflict and the earthquake on women.

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This study provides insight into the successes and shortcomings of the response to women’s needs in the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. In order to inform future action, this report highlights the importance of gender-responsive emergency response and long-term recovery processes. Finally, this study offers a resource to policymakers and practitioners for implementing and mainstreaming gender-responsive perspectives and policies.

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This document, a product of UNDP Sri Lanka’s Tsunami Recovery Unit, consolidates first-hand experiences and recommendations from crisis responders following the 2004 tsunami disaster in Sri Lanka. While key issues such as gender, human rights and environmental protection are often incorporated into disaster relief efforts on paper, the reality of situations on the ground often lead to their deprioritization and retroactive integration. Recognizing the presence of time constraints and limited resources, this publication seeks to provide a once stop shop on how to integrate such issues in a way that is feasible and practical.

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Built specifically as a toolkit for OCHA staff, this publication provides guidance on how to incorporate gender into humanitarian work, in accordance with the organization’s 2012 Gender Equality Policy. Included are definitions of key gender terminology as well as practical tips, examples, and a step-by-step framework for assessing and addressing gender issues within the OCHA’s program.

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This document is a question-and-answer based conversation with Lorena Aguilar, Global Senior Gender Adviser, IUCN; Irene Dankelman, Lecturer, Radboud University, Netherlands; and Ulrike Rohr, Co-founder, GenderCC-Women for Climate Justice and head of genanet. The discussion is about how to include women in the decision-making process for disaster risk management to ensure that the policies are made with a gender perspective as disasters often impact women and men, girls and boys, differently.

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