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Gender considerations for disaster risk financing in Fiji

March 2023

This policy report highlights the disparate impacts of extreme weather events on men and women in Fiji. It emphasizes the need to consider gender differences in education, employment, income, and household relations when designing strategies and disaster risk financing initiatives to improve the financial preparedness against climate shocks in Fiji. Additionally, the report explores variations in financial instrument usage, gender-differentiated post-disaster coping mechanisms and demonstrates the correlation between extreme weather events and gender-based violence.

This report concludes that women in Fiji play different roles in society compared to men in terms of occupations, positions in the family and community, and access to financial services. These differences can result in women being disproportionately affected by natural hazards, such as tropical cyclones, tsunamis and droughts.