International Day for Disaster Reduction is celebrated every year on 13 October. This year’s celebration aims to acknowledge and appreciate the millions of women and girls who make their communities more resilient to disasters and climate risk.
Under the motto “Women and Girls – the (in)Visible Force of Resilience”, this day wants to draw attention to the fact that women’s contributions to protect and rebuild their communities before and after disasters are often unrecognized.
For this reason the International Day for Disaster Reduction 2012—that this year is observed on Friday, 12 October—will celebrate the contribution that women and girls are making before, during and after disasters and in all decision-making processes regarding disaster risk reduction and sustainable development.
One of the highlights will be the fact that the ability of women and girls to contribute is hindered by exclusion from participation and decision-making in disaster risk reduction and management processes, as well as programs and by poor understanding of gender inequality.
The aim of this day is to move beyond the perception of women and girls as victims, by presenting evidence of their actions and initiatives.
Additionally, “A Statement Surrounding Disaster Risk Reduction For and By the Women and Girls of Latin America and the Caribbean” will be published for supporters to join online. It will also be distributed by email for use in countries and communities where partners and actors involved may collect signatures in print.
“We ask that we not be perceived as passive victims and treated as beneficiaries in general by virtue of being considered as a group vulnerable to disasters. We emphasize that we are not vulnerable, but rather that we live in conditions of vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change. We highlight our role as active subject of rights and agents of change, proactively contributing to the wellbeing, development, security and peace of our families, our communities, our cities and our nations. We are part of the solution and therefore we ask to be seen as such” (extract of the Statement Surrounding Disaster Risk Reduction For and By the Women and Girls of Latin America and the Caribbean).
For more information:
Statement Surrounding Disaster Risk Reduction For and By the Women and Girls of Latin America and the Caribbean: http://www.eird.org/wikiesp/images/Women_and_Girls_Statement_on_DRR_LAC_For_signatures.pdf
Concept Note for IDDR 2012: http://eird.org/americas/noticias/dia-internacional-files/IDDR2012-Concept-Note.doc
UNISDR-UN IDDR Activities: http://eird.org/americas/noticias/dia-internacional-files/IDDR2012-annex-1.doc
What Partners Can Do: http://eird.org/americas/noticias/dia-internacional-files/IDDR2012-annex2.doc
Policy brief on sexual and reproductive health, prepared by WHO