Disasters tend to hit the poorest and most marginalized demographics the hardest. On the one hand, women and girls are particularly exposed to climate-related disaster risk since they are likely to suffer higher rates of mortality, morbidity and economic damage to their livelihoods. On the other hand, women bring unique experiences and skills to disaster risk reduction (DRR) and management, although these skills are often not acknowledged or tapped into sufficiently. Increased awareness of the drivers, pressures, stressors and opportunities associated with climate-related disasters is key to finding effective pathways to reduce and manage disasters. It is therefore imperative that disaster risk reduction and management strategies are gender-aware, taking into account both gender-based vulnerabilities as well as women’s unique contributions.
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