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Saint Lucia: Gender and Disaster Risk Management

February 2023

Natural hazards have gender-differentiated effects. Women and girls are disproportionally impacted due to existing inequalities in access to endowments, economic opportunities, and agency. The objective of this note is threefold. First, to present recent data on critical gender gaps in DRM in Saint Lucia, and to compare its performance against regional and structural peers. Second, to present gender-differentiated effects of previous disasters in Saint Lucia based on existing evidence. And third, to use the evidence on gaps and differentiated impacts of disasters to help task teams identify gender-responsive activities and indicators for the gender tag, a tool to systematically track the implementation of the WBG Gender Strategy and measure the quality and results of World Bank operations.

This note presents results chains for project teams working on DRM-related operations to obtain the gender tag, focusing on exposure and vulnerability, preparedness, and coping capacity. Details about key policy documents on gender equality and GBV, gender gaps in DRM national-level policies and laws in Saint Lucia, and recommendations for policymakers to address these gender gaps, which go beyond the gender tag requirements for World Bank project teams, are presented in the Annexes.