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Scoping study on the use of CEDAW general recommendation no. 37 on gender-related dimensions of disaster risk reduction in a changing climate

October 2023

This report aims to reinforce the foundations of gender responsive approaches to disaster risk by examining the connection between women’s international human rights and disaster risk reduction. Specifically, it aims to identify opportunities to strengthen the gender responsiveness of disaster risk reduction by finding synergies between the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

This report is an analysis of gaps, challenges and good practices in States parties reporting on disaster risk reduction in the context of CEDAW, with specific reference to CEDAW’s 2018 General recommendation No. 37 on “Gender-related dimensions of disaster risk reduction in the context of climate change”. It asks how the implementation of General recommendation No. 37 may be strengthened through the CEDAW reporting process by States parties and how this could also reinforce gender responsive implementation of the Sendai Framework.