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We do not yet have a region-wide hub in Asia but instead we have a Bangladesh Country Hub - see below. We will place region-wide resources here until we set up the Asia Regional Hub.

Women’s Voices & Agencies in Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction

By Chaman Pincha, Social Inclusion Advisor, Afghanistan Resilience Consortium/ActionAid

This technical paper on women’s voices and agencies in community-based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) draws on the Gender-Focused Situation Analysis carried out in project sites of the members of the Afghanistan Resilience Consortium (ARC). This paper brings to the foreground the voices and agency of women as factors that turn gender-based vulnerabilities into capacities. If resiliencies are a function of capacities, then the existence and strength of the agency and voices of women are robust indicators of the degree to which they have attained resilience (in this context, against disasters). The paper focuses on women because, as will be clearly highlighted, they remain most vulnerable to disasters because of their marginalisation in socio-cultural, political, economic and other arenas. Download it here

GDN Bangladesh Country Hub, Asia

Launching the Gender and Disaster Network (GDN) Bangladesh Country Hub

UN Women Bangladesh and Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies (IDMVS), University of Dhaka will hold the launching ceremony of the Gender and Disaster Network (GDN) Bangladesh Country Hub at RC Majumdar Arts Auditorium (First floor of Lecture Theatre building), Dhaka University Campus on 11 March, 2018 at 3:00 PM. Through the GDN launching we shall celebrate the International Women’s day, upholding the cause of integrating women’s empowerment aspects in disaster management.

UN Women Bangladesh and IDMVS in consultation with the global GDN have decided to launch a Bangladesh Hub of the network to push the gender agenda forward in the disaster management context on the country. In the GDN Bangladesh Hub, individuals, organizations and institutions (government and non-government) working on gender and disaster management issues will be the key members. The GDN Bangladesh Hub will add value to GDN globally as well as the equitable and sustainable development agenda of the country. The network will be a knowledge sharing and advocacy platform to promote gender issues more effectively in Bangladesh.

Dr Mahbuba Nasreen of Dhaka University will head up the new Hub, supported by UN Women. If you would like to get involved or get more information then please contact Dr Mahbuba Nasreen mahbubadu@yahoo.com or gdn@gdnonline.org

Please come back soon for an update on planned activities.

This Regional Hub has only just come into existence but development work is underway. Read Dr Mahbuba Nasreen's concept paper here.

Latest Resources:

GDN, RUET and UCL 2017 ‘Precarious Resilience: Gendered Lessons from Drought in North West Bangladesh’. Gender Policy Brief, Gender and Disaster Network download here

Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG). Sector Specific Gender Tip Sheets for Rohingya Refugee Crisis Humanitarian Response in Bangladesh. September, 2017. Prepared by: Gender in Humanitarian Action (GiHA) Working Group with the technical support of Simon P. Opolot, Senior GenCap Advisor for United Nations and Partners’ Humanitarian Response in Bangladesh. Download here

The Rohingya Exodus: Issues and Implications for Stability, Security and Peace in South Asia (UCL IRDR, British Academy Award) read more here

Selected References with links:

Ahmed, Ahsan Uddin, Saleemul Haq, Mahbuba Nasreen and Abu Wali Raghib Hassan. (2015). Sectoral inputs towards the formulation of Seventh Five Year Plan (2016 – 2021) CLIMATE CHANGE AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT.http://www.plancomm.gov.bd/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/11a_Climate-Change-and-Disaster-Management.pdf

Begum, Ferdousi Sultana. (2014). GENDER EQUALITY AND WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT: SUGGESTED STRATEGIES FOR THE 7 TH FIVE YEAR PLAN, Prepared for General Economics Division Planning Commission Government of Bangladesh. http://www.plancomm.gov.bd/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/16_Gender-Equality-and-Womens-Empowerment.pdf

Ministry of Environment and Forest, GoB, (2013). Bangladesh Climate Change Gender Action Plan (ccGAP). https://portals.iucn.org/union/sites/union/files/doc/bangladesh.pdf

Nasreen, Mahbuba. (2016). BANGLADESH NATIONAL CONSERVATION STRATEGY. http://www.ncsbd.info/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/17.-Gender-Issues.pdf

Nasreen, Mahbuba, 2014. Ten Years of Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangladesh’, sothasiadisasters.net, Special issue No.113, June, 2014







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Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG). Sector Specific Gender Tip Sheets for Rohingya Refugee Crisis Humanitarian Response in Bangladesh. September, 2017. Download here