Gender Transformative Early Warning Systems: Experiences from Nepal and Peru.

Author:

Brown, S., Budimir, M., Lau, D., Sneddon, A., Upadhyay, S. and Shakya, P.

Editor:

Second

Date:

2019

Region:

South America

Theme:

Gender, Risk, and Resilience

Language:

English

Publisher:

Practical Action Publishing

Full Harvard Reference:

Brown, S., Budimir, M., Lau, D., Sneddon, A., Upadhyay, S. and Shakya, P. (2019). Gender Transformative Early Warning Systems: Experiences from Nepal and Peru. UK: Practical Action.

This report draws on experiences from Nepal and Peru to understand the prevalence of gender inequalities in influencing effective early warning systems (EWS). The report identified that gender inequalities and social marginalisation, alongside gender norms, gender roles, and gender-based violence, increase vulnerability to disasters. Marginalised gender groups also risk being excluded from DRR policies, strategies and decision-making processes. The report argues that gender sensitive EWS not only ensures disaster preparedness, response, and contingency planning, but also proactively makes the necessary adaptations to respond to the specific needs, concerns, and capabilities of marginalised gender groups. To reduce the risk of exclusion, the report calls for EWS to acknowledge that gender is a critical consideration, alongside gender norms, gender stereotypes, and cisnormative assumptions.