I urge Governments to engage women and girls in developing inclusive national and local strategies for disaster risk reduction by 2020.
2030 is just around the corner. Sustainable development cannot be achieved if all critical actors, and in particular women and girls, are not heard loud and clear and their expertise is not recognized and respected in building communities and nations’ resilience to disasters.
I'm committed to work with partners and women's groups to facilitate the identification of good practices on gender and disaster risk reduction (“Women and Girls’ voices in disaster risk reduction”) and their promotion at the 2018 Regional Platforms (see attached calendar) and the 2019 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (13-17 May 2019, Geneva)
I will pursue bi-monthly meetings with UNISDR’s Gender Focal Point to scale up programme deliveries around gender as well as UNISDR Staff’s awareness, commitment and ownership of gender issues, and address gender issues in the workplace requiring management’s attention.