International Disaster Reduction Day

13 October 2022

The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction is an opportunity to acknowledge the progress being made toward reducing disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health. Last year edition focused on “International cooperation for developing countries to reduce their disaster risk and disaster losses.” This is the sixth of the Sendai Seven targets.

Every year, UN Women makes sure to make the case that disasters affect women, girls, boys, and men differently. Recent UN Women and UNICEF research confirmed that women and girls are among the most vulnerable to natural hazards, conflict, climate change, and other threats such as COVID-19. Similarly, analysis of mortality rates and recovery trends from recent disasters shows that women and girls die in greater numbers and have different and uneven levels of resilience and capacity to recover.

Yet, women’s voice, agency, leadership, and participation in disaster prevention, preparedness and recovery remain under-supported, under-resourced, and under-valued. As a result, women are generally absent from the development of resilience strategies and decision-making processes for prevention, mitigation, preparedness, and recovery.