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.
Key Regional Publications
Key Regional Frameworks
Empowering resilience: WRD and partners forge inclusive disaster risk reduction strategies in the pacific
Civil society partners, women’s organizations and organizations for people with disabilities came together for a Talanoa Session on Gender, Disability and Social Inclusion in Disaster Risk Reduction, affirming resilience building that leaves no one behind.
Vani Vakatalai: Leading Women in the Community
Vani Vakatalai, District Officer for Tavua in the Ministry of Rural & Maritime Development & Disaster Management, participated in the National Emergency Response Team (NERT) training organized by the Fiji Government, National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and supported by the Women’s Resilience to Disasters (WRD) Programme.
The Women's Resilience to Disasters programme launches in the Solomon Islands
A new programme to bolster women’s resilience and leadership for sustainable, secure and thriving communities in the Solomon Islands, in the face of disasters, was launched today.
We are real agents of change in our communities
Vani Tuvuki is the Chair of the District Council of Social Services in the District of Ba, located in the Western part of Fiji. She is also a board member in the National Executive Committee for the Fiji Council of Social Services (FCOSS). She performs both roles in a volunteer capacity and works tirelessly and passionately to support her community. Lydia Hollister-Jones from UN Women's Fiji MCO, interviewed her.
UN Women Official Statement for the APMCDRR2022
UN Women is grateful to the Government of Australia and UNDRR for co-hosting the 2022 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
Meet Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls, the Regional Representative of the Shifting the Power Coalition in Fiji.
Beyond COP27: Pacific Women Leaders on why women and girls must be included in climate solutions
We spoke to four Pacific Women Leaders, delegates to the recent global United Nations climate change negotiations and advocates in their communities, about the impact of climate change on women and girls in the region, and why it matters so much that their experiences shape climate action.
Women are helping others build alternative livelihoods
Katarina has established a fish hatchery, as a source of juvenile fish for new farmers, helping build their resilience.
Katarina Baleisuva, Tilapia farmer and President of Tilapia Fiji
Women are working together to increase resilience
Seruwaia advocates for knowledge sharing and working together to build resilience.
Seruwaia Kubukubu, Dairy and mushroom farmer, Naitasiri Women in Dairy, Fiji
Women are advocating for inclusivity
"See me for my ability, not for my disability"
Naomi Tai, Advocate, People with Disability, Solomon Islands
Women are improving the health resilience of their communities
“…I decided to bring about change in the lives of my people."
Pelenise Alofa, National Coordinator of the Kiribati Climate Action Network, Kiribati
Women are facilitating community training
“I try to assist the community in the outer islands to build their resilience against climate change by facilitating trainings."
Ahling Onorio, Kiribati Organic Farmers Association, Kiribati
Women are diversifying their business models for resilience
Aileen’s diversified agri-tourism business model has helped her remain resilient despite being affected by multiple disasters.
Aileen Burness, South Sea Orchids and Fiji Floriculture Support Association, Fiji