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Guatemala 7/30/2014

Drought damages crops, affecting 40,000 families in eight departments. (m.: Siglo 21, Prensa Libre)
Alta Verapaz Department. Floods and landslides from floods affect 474 people and damage 79 homes in two municipalities. (o.s.: CONRED)

Mexico 7/30/2014

Sonora State. Agua Prieta Municipality. Rise of Cabullona Creek causes eight deaths and four people missing during a sports event. 25 people rescued. State response. Alert for rising rivers .(o.s.: Gobierno de Sonora; m.: Milenio,
Querétaro State. Querétaro Municipality. Fire from gas pipe causes eight injuries and evacuation of 150 people; damage to homes and vehicles. Local and state response. (m.: Milenio)
Earthquake 6.4M update: one person killed in Oaxaca and damage to 73 homes in Oaxaca and Veracruz. Minor damages to San Alejandro Hospital of the IMSS in Puebla and Oaxaca General Hospital, no service disruption. (o.s.: Gobierno de Oaxaca;  m.: La Jornada de Oriente, Milenio, Excelsior).

Venezuela 7/30/2014

State of Zulia. Drought affects six municipalities. Water reserves up to 59 days. State response with national support. Rationing plans and water distribution by tankers. (m.: Agencia Venezolana de Noticias)

Guatemala 7/30/2014

Drought damages crops, affecting 40,000 families in eight departments. (m.: Siglo 21, Prensa Libre)
Alta Verapaz Department. Floods and landslides from floods affect 474 people and damage 79 homes in two municipalities. (o.s.: CONRED)



8 march – International Women’s Day: recognizing the vital role of women in risk reduction

On International Women’s Day, celebrated every year on 8 March, PAHO’s Area on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief recognizes the fundamental role of women in risk reduction, both in prevention and response, as well as in the recovery activities.

Today, more than ever, it is necessary to stop viewing women as the passive victims of disasters. It is very important to highlight their valuable participation in risk reduction, integrating the gender perspective in all policies, plans and decision-making processes related to disaster risk management.

It is recognized that disasters have different impacts on the quality of life of women and men of different ages and ethnic groups. Considering this, the plans for preparedness, mitigation and response to disasters should consider not only the specific needs, but also the potential contributions of women and men. A gender focus in the study and analysis of disasters is essential to reach the goal of having safer and more resilient communities.

The United Nations Security Council recognizes that humanitarian crises increase the risk to women to HIV, sexual violence and gender-based violence, and that Member States must implement positive actions to protect and empower women and girls to prevent these situations in the context of humanitarian assistance.

The region of Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the most vulnerable to disasters caused by natural hazards, a tendency that is increasing. Women are a fundamental part of the solution and they have both the right and the duty to take part in disaster risk management in their communities and nations, as well as in preparedness, action and recovery from disasters. They should also be considered in the consultation processes for decision making as well as in the creation of public policies for risk management.

An active and proactive role of women is fundamental, not only to advance in the development of people, but also in the strengthening of human rights.

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