The impacts of climate change and natural hazards are compounding structural inequalities and socioeconomic vulnerabilities in the Caribbean region. This is the result of insufficient consideration of gender equality and human rights in climate change mitigation and adaptation, and in disaster prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery decision making and practices. That is, there has been limited analysis of women, men, girls’ and boys’ separate, but equally important needs when designing prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery systems. Through the EnGenDER programme, UN Women Multi Country Office (MCO) Caribbean completed gender inequality of risk studies for nine countries, to contribute to closing these gaps.

Natural hazards and climate change severely affect the ability of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) across the Caribbean to achieve sustainable development. The Caribbean SIDS are located in some of the most disaster-prone regions in the world. Since 1950, 324 disasters have impacted the Caribbean, killed 250,000 people and affected more than 24 million people. In addition, the impact on the economy and livelihoods, and natural resources seriously hampers the region’s sustainable development pathway, especially given the heavily indebted status of Caribbean SIDS.  

With the stark evidence that women, in particular poor and rural women are disproportionately affected by these risks, the UN Women Multi-Country Office (MCO) Caribbean works to ensure the lives and livelihoods of women are girls are resilient to disasters and threats.  It implements its mandate in 22 countries and territories across the Caribbean to strengthen disaster resilience through a comprehensive package for gender-responsive resilience. The framework focuses on making prevention, preparedness and response systems, plans and tools gender-responsive through targeted actions to enable women, girls and unemployed, young men to withstand natural hazards, recover fully from disasters and increase their resilience to future disasters and threats.

Ash plumes from a volcano
Ash plumes billow from the La Soufrière volcano in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on 13 April 2021. Photo: Navin Pato Patterson

 

Explore publications, tools, women's perspectives, case studies, and expert insights focused on building women's resilience to disasters and threats in the Caribbean, in the collections below. 

Tools
  • Midterm review of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030: gender guidance
  • UN Women MCO Emergency Shelter Registration Template
  • Principles of research ethics
Case Studies
  • What is gender inequality costing the Caribbean region?
  • Jamaican women craft vendors get business support
  • Cultivating change: women farmers in Dominica find new paths to market amidst COVID-19 shutdowns
  • Informing resilience decision making in Grenada and Saint Lucia
  • The gender and age dimensions of a hurricane in Dominica
Events
24 March 2022
The CSW66 side event amplifies the important role of Pacific and Caribbean women leaders in championing the role of ocean in the fight against climate change
25–28 May 2022
The gender dimensions of risk and securing women’s leadership and agency are cross-cutting themes to The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Regional Experts
Partners

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