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In the earlier section on Planning and Practice Tools we highlighted documents emphasizing frameworks and practical tools developed, for the most part, by international governmental and nongovernmental organizations. Many of these resources are on the face of it examples of good practices toward a gender-aware and gender equitable approach to disasters. They are important initiatives that have helped many organizations identify and change gender biased approaches.

In this section, we follow up by linking users to particular projects or initiatives and to proactive reports, meetings and calls to action. Most illustrate the efforts of grassroots women organized locally or through women-focused groups and networks. Other materials in this section illustrate disaster-specific practices on the ground undertaken (often at women’s instigation) by governmental and nongovernmental organizations and institutions, both publications and field projects. Highlighting their efforts here does not imply any inside knowledge about their effectiveness or implementation, but we do applaud the effort. We include material that are designed for general use as well as event specific initiatives.

The timing of the Sourcebook made it possible to include a selection of the many initiatives taken by women’s groups and gender-aware IGOs and INGOs in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami. Future contributions in other contexts are needed, especially from regions hit routinely but less dramatically by equally devastating events.

The section on Related Resources also introduces many very exciting projects on climate change, gender mainstreaming in water resource management and related concerns not fully addressed by the Sourcebook but very relevant.

We invite submissions to help flesh out this section and keep it current. The work of grassroots women in this area is particularly valuable and too little known. Good models from around the globe must be documented, evaluated, discussed and adapted where feasible if we are to act on the knowledge developed over the past decades about gender-fair disaster risk reduction.

Who or what other groups or initiatives would you like to include? Send us your submissions, please.

In this section, users will find international material on:

Regional Table of Contents



Asia/Asia Pacific


Latin America and the Caribbean

Middle East

North America