Increasing Community Resilience through the Empowerment of Women to Address Climate Change and Natural Hazards Programme

Post Pam Seed Distribution—Marobe Market seed distribution organised by UN Women, UN FAO, and Vanuatu Ministry of Agriculture. Photo: UN Women/Murray Lloyd

UN Women recognises the Pacific region’s vulnerability to the impacts of disasters and climate change, how women and girls are disproportionally affected by their impacts, and how women and their views, priorities and skills are often excluded from decision-making processes that shape climate change and disaster risk reduction agendas

The IREACH programme is designed to ensure that Pacific women become full, equal partners in and beneficiaries of all disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts, as well as overall sustainable development.

As part of this UN Women:

  • Provides feedback to inter-government processes to ensure they reflect gender equality perspectives and women’s empowerment, both of which are central for sustainable development.
  • Collaborates with and helps coordinate regional development partners, governments and non-governmental organisations in efforts to increase the understanding of, and effective response to, the gender implications of disasters and climate change.
  • Provides capacity building in disaster response. In particular, this involves providing support to national authorities in conducting protection assessments, in the collection and analysis of sex and age disaggregated data, and in identifying and addressing gender-specific safety and protection gaps during emergencies.

In addition to these current efforts to support regional climate change and disaster risk reduction policy development and disaster response, UN Women is developing a long-term programme that aims to focus on the following areas:

  • Generation of evidence-based advocacy data on current climate change and disaster impacts on gender;
  • Supporting key actors in mainstreaming gender into disaster and climate risk assessments, in piloting and implementation of climate change and DRR measures and in assessing the impacts on gender;
  • Implementation of community-based climate change and DRR measures.