International Day for Disaster Reduction

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2012 International day for disaster reduction: Women and girls – the [in]Visible force of resilience!

INTERNATIONAL Day for Disaster Reduction (IDRR) is a celebration of how people reduce their risk to disasters and their effort to heighten public awareness about the importance of disaster risk reduction in contrast to reactive or
Disaster Risk Reduction
. More lives can be spared and damage to property can be better avoided through this strategy.

With the aim of highlighting the potential and significant partners in disaster risk reduction (DRR), a Step Up initiative was started in 2011 so that thereafter, each year would focus on a different group of partners leading up to the 2015 World Conference for Disaster Reduction. Last year, the focus was on children and young people; this year it is on women and girls; in 2013, the ageing population; and in 2014, people with disabilities. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Women and Girls: the [in]Visible Force of Resilience,” seeks to draw attention to the fact that their invaluable contribution to the protection and rebuilding of their communities are often unrecognized and their ability to contribute is hindered by lack of inclusion and poor understanding of gender inequality.

Women and girls are neither helpless nor passive; Philippine experience can attest to this. While they too fall victims to tragedies and disasters, they endeavor to transcend such state, and contribute what they can to respond to emergencies and address the immediate needs of family and community members. They are endowed with unique knowledge and skills that are crucial in managing disaster risks.

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction was originally celebrated every second Wednesday of October by virtue of UN General Assembly Resolution 44/236 dated December 22, 1989. The Assembly, through Resolution 64/200, on December 21, 2009, later designated October 13 as the date to celebrate the IDDR.

We greet the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction led by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction Margareta Wahlstrom on the occasion of the 2012 International Day for Disaster Reduction.

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