The 46th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) concluded that a gender perspective must be incorporated into the development and implementation of disaster prevention, mitigation and recovery strategies. This report briefly outlines why. It is not just about the vulnerability of women in emergency contexts - they also have a vital role in disaster reduction, response and recovery. Being able to respond to a disaster in a way that enhances gender equality and empowers women requires targeted capacity building including of emergency authorities. The CSW makes a number of recommendations to stakeholders such as the United Nations (UN) system, governments and international financial institutions. These include ensuring: the full participation of women in disaster reduction management as professionals and as citizens; the ability of women and girls to enjoy their human rights including freedom from violence; economic relief and recovery projects which provide equal economic opportunities for women; and women's equal access to information on disaster reduction, including through gender-sensitive early warning systems.
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