12 October 2012

UNICEF joined its partners today in recognition of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2012, calling for increased investment in building community resilience to disasters.

The theme for this year's DRR day is women and girls, and how they can make communities more resilient to disasters and climate change risks.

Environmental disasters are increasing in frequency in part due to climate change, and women and children are especially vulnerable - they are fourteen times more likely to die in a disaster than men.

Over 65 million children were affected by disasters every year in the 1990s, and that number is expected to climb to 175 million when stats for the 2000s are completed.

"Women and girls are often more vulnerable to disasters because their specific needs are rarely assessed, planned for or addressed before disasters strike or in disaster response efforts," said Dermot Carty, UNICEF Deputy Director for Emergency Operations.

"But at the same time, women and girls are essential to strengthening the resilience of their families and communities to disasters."

UNICEF's disaster risk reduction strategy is focused on four key points:

  1. Making DRR for children and women a national priority
  2. Identifying and addressing risks faced by children and women
  3. Securing safer and more resilient conditions for children and women
  4. Strengthening humanitarian preparedness, response and early recovery 

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Symbat (right) and her classmates seek shelter during an earthquake preparedness exercise at their school in Kazakhstan. © UNICEF/Gonzalo Bell
Symbat (right) and her classmates seek shelter during an earthquake preparedness exercise at their school in Kazakhstan.© UNICEF/Gonzalo Bell

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