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Thematic Report on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in Disaster Risk Reduction in the Pacific

July 2023

This report aims to capture pathways for community resilience that integrate gender equality and social inclusion in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and provides examples of good practice in Pacific Island countries. It also identifies gaps and areas where progress is most needed.

Women have been contributing towards stronger, more resilient communities. But there are still many structural barriers that limit women’s participation in DRR. Barriers include difficult access to DRR financing for local women-led organizations. There are opportunities to promote women-led partnerships that broaden the diverse experience in DRR. These should be long-term and include women working with national agencies such as the National Disaster Management Offices and National Meteorological Services, as well as regional organizations such as PIFS, SPC and SPREP.

The Women's Resilience to Disasters programme is featured as Case Study 4.