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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 18:22

Africa-Arab on Disaster Risk Reduction opens in Tunisia

Written by  Chimwemwe Njoloma in Tunis, Tunisia

Tunis,  October 10, 2018: Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), where Malawi is taking part, has opened in Tunisia where among others it is focusing on gender inclusiveness in DRR and the fall army worms that have affected farmers in most countries. 

Organized under the theme, ‘Towards disaster risk informed and inclusive sustainable development’, the meeting is giving the opportunity to government and stakeholders to share knowledge, experience and best practices in advancing disaster risk reduction.

Making her presentation, Specialist in UN Women East and Southern Africa Region, Beatrice Teya said there is need for Africa to increase awareness on the importance of gender in DRR so that women do not continue being victims when disaster strikes.

She said it is very important that government and stakeholders should invest much in capacity building for staff in relevant line ministries and agencies.

Teya pointed out that this would help to have well informed nations especially women who are part of the vulnerable groups.

“It is important that we together strengthen capacities of county governments and stakeholders through sensitization and training on gender mainstream in disaster risk management to promote gender responsiveness and transformative.”

“This is why we are here to share experiences and learn from one another so that we make DRR a success in or relevant countries,” the Specialist added.

Teya said governments and stakeholders should hold hands to advocate for representation and meaningful participation of women and other key population in coordination structures and decision making on DRM at county and lower devolved sectors.

She observed that there are several challenges countries are facing in gender mainstreaming into DRM but it is achievable.

“There are several challenges in gender mainstreaming into DRR but we are geared to make sure that among other things, we move from theory to action so that we engage women and youth in DRR to a level that we want,” Teya stated.

The Sendai Framework for DRR, the global road map for disaster risk reduction from 2015-2030, recognizes the importance of gender dimension in DRR and calls for inclusiveness and engagement of all society.

It emphasizes that women and their participation is critical to effectively managing disaster risk, designing, resourcing and implementing gender sensitive DRR policies, plans and programmes.

Malawi will commemorate International Day for Disaster Reduction where it will focus and include issues that are raised at the platform in October.

The United Nations Office  Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)  in collaboration with the League of Arab States and the African Union Commission and the Tunisian Government have organized  the platform that includes the Seventh Africa  Global platform, Sixth High level meeting and Fourth Arab conference on DRR.


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