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Accelerate Actions on Women's Resilience


The law that established the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (Regulation No. 363-2015) has brought a paradigm shift in integrating disaster risk management into long term development initiatives with the aim of building up on resilient economy and society. It calls up on establishing a coordinated, accountable and decentralized system. This is an opportunity for development partners to work on advocacy on the redesigning of existing development programs as they mainstream disaster risk management and with focus on building up on the resilience of women. It is also vital to advocate on the revision of the social protection programs as they are accessible to a proportionate number of women affected by disaster. Examples of Interventions to advocate for replication and expansion include the following: Linking livelihood programs to women with investments in infrastructures and technologies which ease UCW for women. These concurrent investments done in support of the livelihood programs include but not limited to accelerating the easy access to potable water, providing alternative energy sources and the provision of household appliances that ease household chores. Adopting such an approach in livelihood programs to women guarantees effectiveness in results in livelihood programs increasing savings to be used in time of shocks. Promoting gender responsive financial policy and strategy that give recognition to the unique barriers to women’s access to finance and include special measures that address the barriers and hence facilitate the access by women to finance. Such policy intervention contributes to enabling poor women transit from the social protection scheme to becoming entrepreneurs and hence resilient to shocks.