At the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2022 (GP 2022), the Third Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference (MHEWC-III) and the Fifth World Reconstruction Conference (WRC 5) held from 23-28 May 2022 in Bali, Indonesia, UN Women secured and supported significant progress for gender equality and women’s leadership in disaster risk reduction and resilience so as to advance the gender-responsive implementation of the Sendai Framework.
UN Women contributed to securing the gender-responsiveness of the outcome statements for all three conferences by:
i) leveraging the agreed conclusions of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66);
ii) drawing upon UN Women’s key DRR gender messages;
iii) providing technical support for the drafting of the outcome statements’ gender paragraphs;
iv) providing support to 14 sessions at the three conferences;
v) acting as official co-organizer of the Third Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference; and
vi) galvanising the voices and perspectives of gender champions and experts during the UN Women organised DRR Gender Champions and Women’s Resilience to Disasters Experts Meeting at the Global Platform.
As a result, the outcome documents for the three conferences recognise the need to increase understanding of the gender dimensions of disasters, the importance of incorporating gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in the midterm review of the Sendai Framework for DRR, reaffirm the need for the creation of a gender action plan for the Sendai Framework, and call for commitment to address the gender gaps including women’s leadership and meaningful participation in disaster risk reduction and early warning systems, and to strengthen gender-responsive and inclusive DRR and recovery governance, mechanisms, and processes through system-wide change.
These results were made possible thanks to a strategic combination of the Women’s Resilience to Disasters programme global component funded by Australia and disaster risk reduction technical and financial support by Swedish funding: Sida Strategic Partnership Framework (SPFIII).