Disaster Risk Reduction and Gender Workshop

Apr 5, 2011

Capacity Building for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response, Belize

The Women’s Department in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through the framework of the Project: ‘Strengthening of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Capacity in Belize’ being executed by the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), is hosting a two-day workshop on Gender Mainstreaming for Disaster Preparedness, for Operational Focal Points, as a means of strengthening Belize’s capacity for comprehensive disaster management.

This training session, held at the Belmopan Hotel and Conference Center on April 5th and 6th, 2011 brings together a large cross-section of disaster management actors and aims to mainstream gender considerations in disaster planning and management. The training consists of two main sessions. The first session aims to increase the participant’s knowledge and skills to systematically apply a gender analysis in their planning and programming and to mainstream gender into their work. The second training session is a practical one aimed at reviewing and making recommendations for improving the operating protocols of disaster committees.

The workshop sessions include:

  • Main concepts and clarification of stereotypes of gender
  • Gender equality and disaster risk prevention
  • Gender issues in disaster response
  • Gender Mainstreaming and analysis: how to integrate gender into policies, strategies and plans
  • Analysis and review of the Standard Operating Procedures under a gender perspective lens by the working groups
  • General deliberations on how gender impacts the work of disaster managers

Expected outcome of the Project “Strengthening of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Capacity in Belize”, is a reduction of vulnerability of poor and excluded populations to the impact of disasters, through an increase in the capacity of state actors and communities to implement effective risk reduction and response measures and a strengthening of the national disaster management authority to fully integrate and implement hazard mitigation policies and strategies.

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