This report outlines the action research implemented by the Huairou Commission in collaboration with grassroots women’s groups affiliated with the Community Practitioners Platform. The research examines the realities, actions and gains made in regards to disaster risk reduction and resilience. The report includes case studies in Honduras and Peru.
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.
Disaster mitigation and relief management must include a gender perspective due to the societal roles of women and men which lead to them being impacted differently by disasters and climate change. Climate change is likely to exacerbate both natural disasters and conflict over natural resources at all levels. Women often do not have access to warning or assistance information and are therefore disproportionately impacted by disasters.
Using the issue of disaster risk management and reduction, this factsheet explains the importance of considering gender when developing and implementing climate change adaption policies and plans.