National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) have singed an agreement to strengthen gender ties. The signing ceremony of the Letter of Agreement between National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) took place in NDMA on Tuesday. Major General Asghar Nawaz Chairman NDMA and Jamshaid Kazi, Country Director, UN Women signed the LOA.
Pakistan continues to be confronted by a series of regional and localised challenges of different natures compounded by recurrent natural disasters (such as floods, earthquakes and droughts, cyclones and landslides etc). These disasters have devastating consequences, including also widening of the ‘gender’ gaps between women and men.
Women and other vulnerable groups often have fewer resources to protect themselves and, with children, they frequently make up the majority of displaced persons. Women are better placed and envisaged to be responsive in these situations. However, their exclusion limits their access to opportunities to recover and rebuild communities.
NDMA through the development of the “National Policy Guidelines on Vulnerable Groups in Disasters” and the “National GCC Framework” has taken up concrete steps to ensure that the voices of women and children, and other vulnerable persons are included in decision-making processes and policy formulation at all levels of disaster management.-PR