Gender, climate and disaster resilience

Women are disproportionately impacted by climate change and disasters, both through loss of livelihood and physical harm, and they also play central roles in rebuilding homes and communities after disasters.  Systematic inequalities overall exacerbate the impact of disaster and climate-related shocks and impede sustainable development.

Women’s involvement in key disaster risk reduction initiatives, including for early warning, contingency planning and long-term recovery, is the best way to build community resilience and ensure that gender-specific needs and concerns are addressed.

UNDP supports partners to:

•    Strengthen the participation of women and attention to women’s concerns in local, national and global decision-making and policy processes on climate adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk reduction;

•    Mainstream gender equality and women’s empowerment in disaster and climate risk reduction policies and plans, as well as in the budgetary frameworks of key sectors, such as water, agriculture, energy, health and education; and,

•    Ensure that disaster risk reduction, climate mitigation and adaptation programs support women in developing their resilience to disasters and climate change. Securing their rights and tenure to land, water, forests, housing and other assets is critical to this effort, as is ensuring their access to clean and green alternative livelihoods.

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