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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Gender and Disaster Risk Management

February 2023

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

This note presents examples of results chains for project teams working on DRM-related operations to obtain the gender tag with a focus on exposure and vulnerability, preparedness, and coping capacity. Details about key policy documents on gender equality and Gender-Based Violence (GBV), gender gaps in DRM national-level policies and laws in SVG as well as recommendations for policy makers to address gender such gaps, which go beyond the gender tag requirements for World Bank project teams are presented in the Annexes.