Joint AU / UN Women / ARC press release

Dakar-Senegal, September 16, 2021 – The African Risk Capacity (ARC) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote the integration of gender equality in disaster risk management.

Under the memorandum of understanding, signed by the heads of the two institutions, the parties will jointly engage in advocacy, communication, dialogue, awareness-raising, development and knowledge-sharing and resource mobilization activities. high level by leveraging the influence of both agencies to pursue stronger political engagement. for Gender and DRM in the Sahel and other African countries.

Stressing the importance of partnership, ARC Group Director General, UN-ASG Ibrahima Cheikh Diong, said the impacts of natural disasters do not affect all people equally and taking an inclusive approach and gender-sensitive will help build the resilience of vulnerable communities for better climate adaptation. According to Mr. Diong, “disasters are gender neutral, but the impacts are not the same for everyone, so inclusive gender equality is a cross-cutting priority area in our work. We believe that the partnership with UN Women will be mutually beneficial in achieving our common goal of raising awareness of gender perspectives in DRM and increasing the knowledge of our member states through the full use of the innovative tools we have developed to analyze levels of vulnerability of women and men as a result of natural hazards. Recently, ARC collaborated with the Directorate of Sustainable Environment and Blue Economy of the African Union Commission under the leadership of the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and environment and other partners, to launch the Gender and Disaster Risk Management Platform (GDRMP). The platform aims to promote knowledge development and sharing, advocacy and policy dialogue on gender transformative DRM approaches geared towards the adoption of a gender transformative ‘insurance culture’ by states. members. This is in addition to ARC’s Gender Transformation Fund which aims to help unlock the necessary resources to strengthen Member States’ capacities in gender mainstreaming in disaster risk management.

Oulimata Sarr, UN Women, Regional Director for West and Central Africa, stressed the importance of a joint approach to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality and the empowerment of vulnerable populations. In the region :

“Natural disasters and other shocks disproportionately affect women and girls and often result in greater loss of life and livelihoods and often lead to a downward spiral of gender vulnerability and poverty, leaving women and girls in poverty. disproportionately vulnerable to future shocks and crises. Joining forces with ARC will be crucial to ensure that decision makers at the highest level are well informed when planning DRM responses, and that women and girls are at the center of their policies.

ARC and UN-Women support the approach that knowing the exposure to disasters and the indices of women’s and men’s vulnerability to natural disasters will help determine the main factors of preparedness and adaptive capacity to do so. advance socioeconomic resilience, better development outcomes and more sustainable solutions for affected populations.

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