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date: 08 December 2021

Women at the Forefront of Civil Society Advocacy in Disaster Risk Reduction Governancelocked

Women at the Forefront of Civil Society Advocacy in Disaster Risk Reduction Governancelocked

  • Zen Dellica-WillisonZen Dellica-WillisonCenter for Disaster Preparedness, Philippines
  •  and Adelina Sevilla AlvarezAdelina Sevilla AlvarezCenter for Disaster Preparedness, Philippines


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Today, women are widely recognized around the world as leaders, innovators, and trailblazers in promoting important agendas to uplift society. Mother Teresa’s charitable work is one example, and Malala Yousafzai’s work on children’s rights is another. Both are Nobel Peace Prize awardees.

The dramatic shift, from regarding women as simply a homogenous group to seeing a growing number of women at the forefront of advancing innovative ways to build safe and resilient communities, has been embraced. Women’s constructive role in development on many fronts and at various levels is celebrated globally. Their capacities, tempered by compassion and sharpened by tenacity, contribute significantly to further strengthening their own resilience, as well as the resilience of their communities.

In the world of disaster risk reduction and development, women have become vanguards in promoting good disaster risk reduction governance. The role of women (as individuals or as members and leaders of civil society organizations) in advocating for the mitigation, or even elimination, of disaster risks has become more pronounced as they bear the double burden of caring for home and community.

That women now speak with greater authority on disaster risk reduction, environmental governance, or sustainable development in the larger public sphere, is a testament to their hard-won victory in making the world sit up and listen to those whose voices are least heard—including theirs.


  • Risk Management
  • Gender Issues