Gender-based inequalities and social exclusion are key factors undermining people’s and community’s capacities to cope with and recover from shocks. There is growing evidence of the numerous ways in which women and men are distinctively vulnerable to displacement, climate change, economic downturns, illness and disease, and related stresses, as well as how they mobilize different capacities to build their resilience. Adopting a gender lens helps practitioners to develop a deeper understanding of the different experiences between men and women as well as to design better programmatic responses that take gendered social norms and access to resources into consideration.
This track will explore how gender relations – the relation of power between men and women – are a critical factor in women’s economic empowerment and influence resilience strategies at the household and community levels. The committee is interested in exploring gender approaches around: increasing investment in the face of risk; strategies for risk reduction; facilitating risk preparedness; and responding positively and proactively when a shock hits.