Women’s participation in decision-making at local level – gender justice is the key for successful DRR/M

We have learnt that women’s participation in decision making at local level is as important as at national level for gender just and inclusive disaster recovery, risk reduction and management.(“Are women wives and mothers to cook and care? Lessons learnt through two mega-earthquakes”) Local government and agencies, community governance mechanisms, and management and decision making…

International Women’s Day! Gender Equality and DRRM

There are many women and jobs done by women which are inspiring change across the region and the world. Since the 3rd anniversary of the triple disasters which hit Northeast Japan is approaching soon, 11 March, I would like to share some great jobs done by women’s networks for ensuring gender equality in disaster risk…

Women only get the secondhand information from husbands on the post-tsunami reconstruction

Patriarchal system and culture in the fisheries cooperative were manifested in the post-tsunami reconstruction processes in various ways. Women’s groups in the fisheries cooperatives are active in the communities, often initiate activities to protect the environment, but few women get the membership of the cooperatives. Toshiko Moriai: President of the Iwate Association of Fisheries Cooperative’s…