The Pacific is one of the most disaster-prone regions in the world. Disaster risks converge with critical socio-economic vulnerabilities, environmental degradation, climate change, and more recently COVID-19, making the Pacific a disaster hotspot. Annual economic losses from disasters in the Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) more than doubled between 2017 and 2019.

UN Women in partnership with the Australian Government are implementing the innovative Women's Resilience to Disasters Programme (WRD) in the region.  It aims to render the lives and livelihoods of women and girls resilient to disasters, including climate-related disasters and health pandemics, in order to contribute to sustainable, secure, and thriving communities.  It is initially being piloted in Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. 


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


  • Midterm review of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030: gender guidance
  • Toolkit for assessing women's leadership in disaster and climate resilience
  • WRD Policy Tracker
  • Guidelines for Gender integration in the displacement and protection clusters
Case Studies
  • Building women's resilient businesses in Vanuatu
  • Building an enabling environment for addressing the gender inequalities of risk in Solomon Islands
  • The aftermath of disasters in Solomon Islands
  • The struggle of a women-led business in Vanuatu
Women's perspectives
30 May 2022
The dialogue series seek to be a platform for Pacific Island youth to expand their roles and engagement in formal and informal processes and institutions relating to climate security.
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.
Technical Insights

WRD experts from across the region, share their views on the underlying root causes of unequal disaster and climate risks and identify opportunities for change and emerging good practice.

Regional Experts

WRD Community of Practice

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