Gender in Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangladesh

Date:: 27 January 2016

Author: Kausik Das

Dhaka, Bangladesh – UN Women, the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) and the Resident Coordinator for the United Nations in Bangladesh organized a training workshop on ‘Gender in Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangladesh’. The workshop aimed to develop a pool of experts to mainstream gender considerations into disaster risk reduction and disaster response activities in the country. The three-day workshop was supported by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with technical support from GenCap (Gender Standby Capacity Project) based on their modules on ‘Gender and Humanitarian Action’.

(Left to right) Ms. Mahbuba Nasreen, Professor, Dhaka University; Ms. Shahin Ahmed Chowdhury, Director-General, Department of Women Affairs; Mr. Morshed Ahmed, Senior Adviser, Royal Norwegian Embassy; Mr. N.M.S.I. Arambepola, Deputy Executive Director, ADPC with Ms. Christine Hunter, UN Women Country Representative at the closing ceremony of Gender in Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction Training 27 January 2016. Photo: Subarna Barma/ADPC

Representatives from the government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and United Nations agencies involved in disaster risk reduction and humanitarian action in Bangladesh participated in the training. The training provided humanitarian and disaster risk reduction practitioners with an increased understanding of gender equality programming and how to apply it to their respective areas of work. Participants acknowledged the innovative experience-sharing nature of the workshop.

The workshop ended with a closing ceremony in Dhaka on 27 January with Ms. Shahin Ahmed Chowdhury, Director-General of the Department of Women Affairs (DWA) as chief guest. Mr. N.M.S.I. Arambepola, Deputy Executive Director, ADPC chaired the occasion, with Ms. Christine Hunter, UN Women Country Representative, Ms. Mahbuba Nasreen, Director and Professor, Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies, University of Dhaka, and Mr. Morshed Ahmed, Senior Adviser, of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dhaka as special guests.

Ms. Shahin Ahmed Chowdhury highlighted the importance and timeliness of the training in aiming to meet the growing demand for gender equality in the humanitarian sector, while Ms. Hunter reiterated the need for gender equality programming to ensure the specific needs of women, girls, boys and men of all ages.