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UN Women launches new global flagship programme to address the gender inequality of risk at international conference on disaster risk reduction, 23 May 2017

UN Women in partnership with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC), launched its new Global Flagship Programme “Addressing the Gender Inequality of Risk and Promoting Community Resilience to Natural Hazards in a Changing Climate” to mitigate the gender inequalities of loss of lives and livelihoods and to enhance the resilience and recovery of communities to natural hazards in a changing climate. Notably, the Programme’s initiatives will be designed to ensure the effective integration of gender in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Indeed, women are often absent from the development of disaster risk reduction strategies and decision-making processes and, when present, their voices are seldom heard. The new partnership will open channels for women’s leadership and participation in disaster risk reduction and resilience building. The programme will also aim to: support women’s access to recovery services and products such as micro insurance, disaster compensation and social protection; help them adapt to alternative livelihoods that can withstand hazards; ensure that women are better prepared when disaster strikes by increasing their access to early warning instruments and protection systems; increase availability and quality of gender disaggregated data.