Women and Girls the (in)Visible Force of Resilience
With the aim of acknowledging millions of women and girls who make their communities more resilient to disasters and climate risks and thus to reap the benefits of and protect their development investments; the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR, is glad to announce that the International Day for Disaster Reduction 2012, IDDR 2012, -this year observed by the UN on Friday, October 12– is themed “Women and Girls – the (in)Visible Force of Resilience”.
The most widely observed day for raising awareness about disaster risk reduction will celebrate the contribution that women and girls are making before, during and after disasters, as well as in all decision making processes around the disaster risk reduction and sustainable development; highlighting that the ability of women and girls to contribute is hindered by exclusion from participation and decision-making in disaster risk reduction and management processes as well as programmes, and by poor understanding of gender inequality, and move beyond the perception of women and girls as victims by presenting evidence of actions and initiatives by women and girls.
Additionally, under the most widely observed day for raising awareness about disaster risk reduction “A Statement Surrounding Disaster Risk Reduction For and By the Women and Girls of Latin America and the Caribbean” will be publishedin a website where supporters can join online. It will also be distributed by email for use in countries and communities where partners and actors involved may collect signatures in print.