Women’s Resilience to Disasters (WRD) Programme

Women’s Resilience to Disasters (WRD) Programme

What is the WRD Programme?

The Women's Resilience to Disasters (WRD) programme proposes a comprehensive package to strengthen women’s resilience to disasters and threats, including climate change and COVID-19. 

The WRD programme aims to render the lives and livelihoods of women and girls resilient to disasters and threats, contributing to sustainable, secure, and thriving communities. The objective is for WRD countries to adopt gender-responsive decision-making and governance systems, and enable targeted action to build the resilience of women and girls.

The WRD programme is being implemented in the Pacific with sister programmes in other regions. Fiji, Kiribati, and Vanuatu are the initial WRD countries in the Pacific. 

WRD concept note front cover

The Women’s Resilience to Disasters Programme is a crucial landmark for boosting women’s voice, and agency in disaster and climate risk reduction and resilience building; with game-changing potential for gender equality, women’s empowerment and leadership.

How is the WRD implemented?

Implementation of the WRD Programme is driven at country level and supported by regional and global components.




The global WRD component is a pivotal element of the WRD.  It advances women leadership and gender-responsiveness in global disaster risk reduction and climate change processes and frameworks.  It strengthens coordination across key stakeholders working to build the enabling environment for women’s resilience to disasters.  Importantly, it supports global knowledge sharing, advocacy, and access to tools and expertise through the WRD Knowledge Hub and across the WRD Framework.


Photo: UN Women/Fiji MCO

The regional WRD component focuses on women’s leadership in regional disaster risk reduction processes, as well as knowledge management, advocacy, and gender and disability assistance for regional mechanisms, movements, and coalitions.





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Photo: UN Women/Fiji MCO

The WRD country component provides targeted action to strengthen women's resilience, to close identified gender gaps in disaster risk reduction at country level, and to build gender-responsive systems.  It advances different elements of the WRD depending on the national context, policy priorities, existing initiatives, needs, and capacities

Where is the WRD implemented?


The WRD is currently being implemented in the Pacific with support from the Australian Government, with sister programmes in the Caribbean, Lake Chad Basin, and Sahel region.  


Photo: Vista overlooking the Carenage, Grenada.
Source: Ministry of Social Development, Grenada, 2021

The WRD programme makes multi-million-dollar co-financing with technical support, the WRD knowledge hub, and the WRD register of experts and practitioners available to all its partners.