Training on gender and social inclusion in disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and risk-informed development

20–25 March 2022

The achievement of the SDGs is partly predicated on the extent to which Sahelian countries enhance their resilience to disaster and climate risk, there is a compelling need to develop extensive and long-term capacity in resilience-building, integrating Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change (CC) into development to fully address the predictable, quick-onset and slow-onset phenomena. Furthermore, as women and girls and people with disabilities face greater vulnerability and exposure to disasters due to the gendered dimensions of disaster risk there is a need to strengthen the gender mainstreaming capacity of all actors and stakeholders to ensure integration of gender equality and women's empowerment in all aspects of DRR and CC, including in coordination and leadership, capacity development, data, analysis, and advocacy, and targeted programming.

Towards achieving this objective, UN Women, together with the UNDP, conducted a regional training on disaster risk reduction and risk-informed development. The said training is an integral part of a multi-partner regional project titled "Strengthening capacities for disaster risk reduction and adaptation for Resilience in the Sahel Region: fostering risk-informed solutions for sustainable development - Sahel Resilience Project, 2019-2022" implemented by UNDP in the western Sahel and Lake Chad Basin countries of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal, with the support of the Government of Sweden.

The participants joined the training at two different stages to meet the training needs of the
combined target groups. WLOs/WROs participated in a full 5-day training. DRR/CC
stakeholders joined for the last 3 days of the training.

Group 1 was composed of women-led and women’s rights organizations (WLOs/WROs), from
Nigeria, focusing on advocacy to influence the integration of gender equality and human rights
into DRR/CC. The training was held from Monday 21st to Friday 25th March, in Abuja.

Group 2 was composed of DRR/CC regional and national stakeholders, primarily government
officials from Nigeria responsible for disaster management and gender aspects as well as
representatives from regional inter-governmental organizations, focusing on gender
mainstreaming into DRR/CC policy and action. The training was held from Wednesday 23rd
to Friday 25th March, in Abuja.