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Promoting women’s leadership in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

Over the last decade women in Southeast Asia have made significant progress in terms of school and university enrolments and participation in the labour force, where Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar all score above OECD and DMC average (Sources: International Labour Organization (2013), World Development Indicators,  January 2015). Women also became increasingly engaged in the Asian business sector, predominantly in small and medium scale enterprises (SME). However, women’s representation in government institutions and the decision making process still remains limited.

Addressing this shortfall, ActionAid Cambodia (AAC) is therefore promoting women’s engagement in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and supports committed women to take up leadership roles.

Based on set criteria and demonstrated commitment, women are appointed as DRR Women Champions, and trained in DRR concepts, Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and leadership skills.

During the course of the 2 ECHO funded projects, Building Disaster Resilient Communities in Cambodia III & IV, ActionAid’s approach is now bearing fruit with 7 highly committed DRR Women champions who are active in their respective communities, increasingly gaining confidence and respect, and have initiated community action to address DRR mitigation measures.