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International Day for Disaster Reduction

Women and Girls – the in Visible Force of Resilience

Women’s and girls’ contributions to protect and rebuild their communities before and after disasters are often unrecognized. Too much of the work and achievements of women is of low-visibility - taken for granted.

The aim of International Day for Disaster Reduction 2012 is to acknowledge and appreciate the millions of women and girls who make their communities more resilient to disasters and climate risks and thus to reap the benefits of and protect their development investments.

Empower Women and Girls for a Safer tomorrow

Celebrate the contribution that women and girls are making before, during and after disasters.

On 12 October, CARE, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Sprint, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, Women’s Refugee Commission, and WHO are launching a policy brief Integrating sexual and reproductive health into health emergency and disaster risk management. Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) is a significant public health need in all communities, including those facing emergencies.

This policy brief discusses the integration of SRH in all aspects of health emergency and disaster risk management, both for immediate health needs, such as saving lives in obstetric complications, as well in the long-term to reduce vulnerability and to support sustainable development of sexual and reproductive health services in health systems and communities

This policy brief is being launched on this day in recognition of the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR). In 2012, the theme Women and Girls –the In Visible Force of Resilience, celebrates the contribution that women and girls are making before, during and after disasters.

The International Day for Disaster Reduction is organized each year on 13 October and this year it will be observed by the United nations of Friday, 12 October. It is the most widely observed day for raising awareness about disaster risk reduction, creating social demand, and mobilizing the wider public to get involved and take ownership of the processes to create disaster resilience. This day will also build partnerships with organizations involved with gender and disaster risk reduction.

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