Monday, October 15, 2012

Gambia's vice president calls for greater women's participation in disaster risk reduction

Sheriff Janko in via the Daily Observer (Gambia): The vice president and minister of Women's Affairs has called for greater participation and involvement of stakeholders and all parties in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and other environmental hazards such as the Environmental Climate Change Adaptation.

Her Excellency Dr Isatou Njie-Saidy made the call Friday at her office in State House, as she delivered a message as part of activities marking the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, which is observed globally on October 13th. This years' event was commemorated with the theme, 'Women and girls- the invisible force of resilience'.

The day, which is commemorated annually, is designed to raise awareness on the need to reduce the risks that disasters pose, so as to create safer communities, cities and countries. She explained that this years' theme seeks to acknowledge and appreciate the millions of women and girls who make their communities more resilient to disasters and climate risk.

"Against this backdrop, the day will celebrate the contribution that women and girls are making before, during and after disasters and in all decision-making process regarding disaster risk reduction towards resilience and sustainable development. The celebration in The Gambia will take in a form of a march past and drama performance. However, one of the highlights will be the fact that the ability of women and girls to contribute effectively in disaster reduction is hindered by exclusion from participation and decision-making in DRR and management process as well as programmes and indeed poor misconception of understanding gender equality, equity and women's empowerment," she said....

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