Gender and resilience expert blogs

It is a challenge to discuss complex topics like climate change with children. How to explain in simple words the recent increase of heat waves, the rise of wildfires, or the melting of the polar ice caps? When talking about these issues, putting an emphasis on disaster risk reduction is highly relevant, as it can empower and improve children's resilience to these disasters. Children will ultimately need to make adult decisions to address the issues posed by climate change.

Take two Pacific Island women. Both living on the frontline of climate change. Both have experienced the first-hand destruction of intensifying cyclones. Both acutely aware of the slow-onset impact of climate change including prolonged drought, floods, loss and damage and the intersectional impact of COVID-19 through their work with a network of diverse women leaders and focal points, representing more than 100,000 women from across six Pacific Island countries.

Resilience practitioners, women leaders, gender champions, and experts from around the world share their insights on why diverse leadership is so important to their work.
Pip Henty and Linda Kenni from the Humanitarian Advisory Group, and Sarah Selby from UN Women, share research findings on women's empowerment and leadership for resilience in Vanuatu.
Jeff Roach (Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative for the Permanent Mission of Australia in Geneva) and Paivi Kannisto (Chief of the Peace, Security and Humanitarian Section at UN Women) introduce a joint UN study presented to Member States on the 28th February 2022, which highlighted a gap in the sharing of tools and guidance for gender-responsive disaster and climate resilience between UN agencies.
Ilan Kelman, a Professor of Disasters and Health at University College London, highlights the importance of disaggregated data on disaster fatalities to guide disaster-related life and livelihood-saving measures.
Kyana Bowen, a Programme Officer from the UN Women Caribbean Multi-Country Office, shares her experiences of ensuring post disaster needs assessments are gender-responsive and capture the nuanced ways in which disasters affect different groups.
Sarah Selby, a technical adviser for UN Women, talks about the urgent need to close the gender gaps for disaster and climate risk reduction and resilience.
Leisa Perch, a coordination consultant for the UN Women Multi-Country Office in the Caribbean, highlights how we need to move beyond the "victim lens" and engage more effectively with women and people with disabilities to effect change.
Maria Kontro, a gender consultant with the Connecting Business Initiative (CBi), highlights that when the private sector works with women to build their assets, it contributes to strengthening local resilience.