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Gender in disaster risk reduction

11 September 2013

A workshop called “We are for joint efforts for gender in disaster risk reduction” was held on 9 August 2013 with the support of the European Union. The event aimed at discussing and exploringgender issues related to emergency situations and to risk preventionprocesses at the local level.
The workshop was co-organised by the Armenian Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) National Platform, UNDP, UNICEF and Oxfam within the framework of an EU funded project.
‘Gender issues have always been at the centre of attention forthe Ministry of Emergency. We are happy to state that 49 percent of the Ministry’s staff are women, and that they contribute to the productivity of the ministry’s activities,’ stated David Karapetyan, Deputy Minister of Emergency.

At the workshop the participants, which includednewly established DRR regional teams alongside representatives of NGOs and state authorities working in the field, were introduced to the concept of DRR froma gender perspective,to the notion of gender and to why it is essential to mainstream gender into DRR.

Armen Chilingaryan, DRR Project Coordinator, noted that gender-related issues were no less important than those of sustainable development andDDR: ‘In reality, gender policy is a core component of development.I am happy that the local and international organisations which are implementing these kinds of projects have managed to come together and contribute to the realisation of our target goals’.
A separate session was also devoted to gender issues in DRR education. Participants discussed gender in DRR and what recommendations they would suggest to resolve gender issues in their future work.

This gender programme is being implemented within the frameworkofthe “Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction amongst vulnerable communities and institutions in Central Asia and the South Caucasus”project,primarily funded by the European Commission. The project hasbeenimplemented in Armenia by UNICEF since 2010.

Gender in disaster risk reduction

A workshop called “We are for joint efforts for gender in disaster risk reduction” was held on 9 August 2013 with the support of the European Union. The event aimed at discussing and exploringgender issues related to emergency situations and to risk preventionprocesses at the local level. The workshop was co-organised by the Armenian Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) National Platform, UNDP, UNICEF and Oxfam within the framework of an EU funded project. ‘Gender issues have always been at the centre of attention forthe Ministry of Emergency. We are happy to state that 49 percent of the Ministry’s staff are women, and that they contribute to the productivity of the ministry’s activities,’ stated David Karapetyan, Deputy Minister of Emergency. At the workshop the participants, which includednewly established DRR regional teams alongside representatives of NGOs and state authorities working in the field, were introduced to the concept of DRR froma gender perspective,to the notion of gender and to why it is essential to mainstream gender into DRR. Armen Chilingaryan, DRR Project Coordinator, noted that gender-related issues were no less important than those of sustainable development andDDR: ‘In reality, gender policy is a core component of development.I am happy that the local and international organisations which are implementing these kinds of projects have managed to come together and contribute to the realisation of our target goals’. A separate session was also devoted to gender issues in DRR education. Participants discussed gender in DRR and what recommendations they would suggest to resolve gender issues in their future work. This gender programme is being implemented within the frameworkofthe “Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction amongst vulnerable communities and institutions in Central Asia and the South Caucasus”project,primarily funded by the European Commission. The project hasbeenimplemented in Armenia by UNICEF since 2010.