Gender and Disaster Risk Management
Program Overview

Disasters often affect women, girls, men and boys differently due to gender inequalities caused by socioeconomic conditions, cultural beliefs, and traditional practices that repeatedly have put females at a disadvantage. Understanding different gender roles, responsibilities, needs, and capacities to identify, reduce, prepare and respond to disasters are critical to effective disaster risk management (DRM).

Gender-responsive DRM refers to analyzing how gender differences and gaps -- in terms of access to political, economic, and social resources -- affect women and men’s resilience to natural hazards; planning concrete actions to address those differences/gaps to reduce underlying vulnerabilities; and assessing the impacts of those actions.

Significant evidence shows that despite gender-differentiated vulnerabilities, women and girls are also powerful agents of positive change during and after disasters. Women empowerment is therefore an important approach to build broader community resilience and contribute to sustainable development.


e-Learning Course: Introduction to Gender and Disaster Risk Management

An e-learning course to help you understand how your disaster risk management (DRM) projects can equally benefit women and men by addressing the effects of gender roles and inequality on risk and resilience to natural hazards, as well as how to address them, complete with case studies.


Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in Disaster Recovery

This Guidance Note aims to provide action-oriented guidance for post-disaster challenges and assistance with incorporating gender-responsive recovery and reconstruction efforts across all sectors.

GFDRR Gender Action Plan 2016-2021

This plan addresses two critical aspects of gender and DRM: Understanding and addressing the different needs of men and women in DRM investments, and promoting women’s empowerment for broader resilience strengthening.

World Bank Group Gender Strategy 2016-2023

The World Bank's Gender Strategy outlines the support it provides to achieve greater gender equality as a key pathway toward lasting poverty reduction and shared security and prosperity.

Community-Led Partnerships for Resilience

This report presents case studies where grassroots women’s organization are working in partnership with their local or national governments to effectively manage disaster and climate risk in poor communities.

Building Social Resilience: Protecting & Empowering Those Most at Risk

The paper highlights practical ways of channeling disaster and climate risk financing directly to those most in need and approaches to empowering poor communities to drive their own risk management efforts.

Violence Against Women & Girls: DRM Brief

This Sector Brief provides guidance to help understand how VAWG affects DRM programming and offers suggestions for integrating VAWG prevention and response activities within DRM.

Blogs & Feature Stories



The case for gender inclusion in mapping for resilience efforts in West and Central Africa

How women at the grassroots are championing resilience: insights from Nicaragua

Women on the frontlines of resilience-building: a perspective from NASA

Engaging women and girls in disaster risk management in the Solomon Islands

The gender gap in the disaster risk management sector: why it matters

Gender equality in disaster recovery: why it matters and how to do it