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Suriname: Gender and Disaster Risk Management

December 2022

Natural hazards have gender-differentiated effects. Women and girls are disproportionally impacted due to existing inequalities in access to endowments, economic opportunities, and agency. This objective of this note is threefold. First, to present recent data on key gender gaps in relation to DRM in Suriname and compare its performance against regional and structural peers. Second, to present gender-differentiated effects of previous disasters in Suriname 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 GBV, gender gaps in DRM national-level policies and laws in Suriname 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.