UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

09/24/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/24/2021 03:16

Preparing women for Disaster Risk Reduction in Nepal

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is a methodology used to identify, assess, and reduce disaster risks, with the aim of reducing the resulting socio-economic vulnerabilities and responding to hazards. Disasters, such as droughts and floods, affect women, men, boys, and girls differently, for example, gender inequalities increase women's and girls' vulnerability as they have limited access to relevant information and resources.

As there has been a lack of emphasis on disaster risk reduction in the non-formal education sector, UNESCO supported training for women on their role in disaster risk re-education and preparedness in Nepal's Sunsari and Saptari districts. The training, held in September 2021, was run by the Women Friendly Disaster Management (WFDM) Core Group which was formed by women-led organizations in the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015.