Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction: A training pack

Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction: A training pack

Deepening poverty, environmental degradation, urbanisation, and the effects of climate change are making more women and men vulnerable to disasters than ever before. But some groups within society experience higher levels of vulnerability to the effects of extreme events. This training pack focuses on the disadvantages faced by many women due to their unequal access to resources, legal protection, decision-making and power, their reproductive burden and their risk of exposure to violence. At the same time, however, women have significant knowledge on and responsibilities for natural resource management and building sustainable livelihoods. These qualities mean that women are key actors in mobilising communities to prepare for and to respond to disaster.

This training pack uses a combination of traditional learning methods, such as presentations and discussions, along with more participatory and experiential learning approaches. It is designed for a four-day workshop, which could be run for groups of 3–20, but it is also designed to be a flexible resource that trainers can use according to the needs of participants. There are four modules, each of which is divided into a number of sessions:

• Module 1: Key concepts and links: gender and disaster risk reduction (DRR)
• Module 2: Gender mainstreaming and gender analysis in DRR work
• Module 3: Gender in programme planning and implementation: participation, empowerment, dignity, and accountability
• Module 4: Monitoring and evaluation: Wrap-up session

The pack also has a suggested timetable for workshops, along with guidance on facilitation, group size and composition, preparation required for facilitators and participants, useful equipment, key texts, and tips on running the sessions and obtaining participant feedback. PowerPoint presentations and handouts are available online at

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