Category Archives: Climate Change

Realistic understanding of gender relations needed when making policy

Photo: Future Agricultures

Photo: Future Agricultures

Christine Okali’s latest blog challenges policy makers to scrap the handy (and often unsupported) narratives on women/gender and climate change.

Here is some of what she said – but do read the whole blog!

“It is time to re-socialise gender policies. For real progress to be made towards gender equity and transforming gender relations across a range of institutions, policies must build on a more realistic understanding of the lives of women and men and their complex and changing relationships.

“In small-scale fisheries, for example, this means acknowledging gender relations between “boat owners, fish processors and sellers who are also wives, husbands, community members, and co-workers”, as one FAO report puts it; and looking at the role of social norms and values in constraining (or, in some cases, supporting) behavioural change and limiting the resilience of many women, but also of many men.

“Narrowly framed strategies are not ideal starting points for adapting to change. Projects with such strategies are unlikely to enhance the capacity of, for instance, small-scale fishing communities to adapt to climate change. A strategy which promotes gender-aware solutions that are fish-specific, focused especially on women characterised as vulnerable – and which ignores the existing evidence of the capacity of individuals and communities involved in fisheries to deal with livelihood threats – is unlikely to succeed.”

Note: The FAO report referred to can be downloaded here:


Handy guide to gender equality text in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

UNFCC WEDO coverMany fisheries and aquaculture experts are now engaged in climate change research and action, so this new publication from the  Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) and collaborators is a handy guide to finding the gender-sensitive text in the various formal agreements under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Download the document here:

Check out other resources relevant to gender, climate change, aquacutlure an fisheries by CLICKING HERE

Overview from WEDO: In preparation for the COP19 in Warsaw, WEDO in partnership with the Global Gender and Climate Alliance and the UNFCCC Secretariat, has compiled the gender-responsive language from all agreements in the history of the UNFCCC,Gender Equality and The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: A Compilation of Decision Text. Over the past several years due to increased outreach, knowledge, capacity building and advocacy on the linkages, there has been an exceptional increase in gender-sensitive decisions coming out of the UNFCCC. This reference tool, for policy-makers and practitioners, compiles these women’s rights and gender equality provisions.

WEDO and its advocate allies are currently supporting Parties with technical tools to help turn these noteworthy commitments into action at the national and more local levels. For more information on this, please contact Bridget Burns, bridget[at]


Is Climate Change Debate Re-cycling Past Women-Environment Narratives?

Bernadette Resurreccion of the Asian institute of Technology recently examined whether we are experiencing a return to the old narratives regarding women and the environment. In her paper, “Persistent women and environment linkages in climate changeand sustainable development agendas“, she found evidence that  advocates, researchers and development practitioners are resorting to simplistic and potentially distorting narratives that women are more in tune with the natural world and are greater victims than men of environmental damage. Dr Resurreccion comprehends the temptations of using these challenged narratives as entry points to advocacy but warns against this expediency because much more nuanced actions and interventions will be needed than the often-simplistic ones suggested by the narratives.

The paper can be downloaded here.

S y n o p s i s

Since the 1980s, the discourse that women are intrinsically closer to nature, are hardest hit by environmental degradation, and have special knowledge of natural resource systems has influenced development policy circles and intervention programmes globally. Despite criticism being levelled time and again at the discourse’s potential risk of passing on the burden of environmental care onto women while letting men off the hook, the argument still holds strong sway in current climate change debates. Women are once again being singled out
as climate victims and ‘powerful agents of change, as they are seen to lead early warning systems and identify water supplies that have saved climate change affected communities’. The paper explores why and how women–environment linkages remain seductive and influential, and forwards three arguments for this: first, for gender to muster entry into climate politics, women’s identities are projected as fixed, centred, and uniform — and tied to nature; second, the discourse of climate change vulnerability has proven to be a strategic entry point for feminist advocacy; and finally, inertia associated with past environmental projects has reinstated the women–environment discourse in contemporary climate change discussions and possibly, future interventions.

Goulburn Island Women’s Insights and Preferences on Climate Change and Aquaculture

Old giant clam shell, Goulburn Island. Photo: Lisa Petheram.

Old giant clam shell, Goulburn Island. Photo: Lisa Petheram.

In northern Australia, Lisa Petheram, Ann Fleming, Natasha Stacey and Anne Perry reported the results of a first study in Wurruwi community on South Goulburn Island (Northern Territory, Australia) people’s, especially women’s, perceptions and preferences on marine resource use and climate change. The report describes the local communitys’ modern history up to the 2011 establishment of the local Aboriginal Development Corporation (‘Yagbani’) of community representatives. The report gives a good review of the role of natural resources for food (“bushfoods”), cultural identity and the local economy, highlighting just how neglected this knowledge is in current economic, health and social policies and programs. Planning and adjusting to the impacts of emerging climate changes are not yet factored into local people’s lives, and options such as aquaculture are a distant yet distinct possibility. The women prefer less technologically complex forms of aquaculture and would like to see

Donwload the report at:


Research was carried out on South Goulburn Island, Northern Territory, to improve understandings of local, Indigenous people’s dependency on marine resources, and of their perspectives on climate change, and aquaculture as a means towards adapting to climate change. Workshops and interviews were carried out mostly with women, but also some men with an emphasis on the use of participatory and visual techniques to encourage discussion of the future.
Customary knowledge, particularly of the marine environment, appeared to be an integral part of people’s construction of identity. The collection of ‘bushfoods’ had importance in improving and maintaining people’s wellbeing, well beyond nutritional benefits. Participant discussions indicated very limited understanding of western concepts of climate change. Many reported noticing patterns of environmental change in their ‘country’. These observations, combined with movement away from certain customary practices and loss of local knowledge, caused worry to many participants, particularly older generations.

Participants demonstrated a worldview strongly dominated by social and cultural links to the past and present but with weaker linkages to western concepts of ‘the future’. Thus, discussions around planning for adaptation did not fit easily into conceptualisation by many participants, especially when focused on climate change.People’s preferences to adaptation usually concerned building general community capacity, drawing from customary knowledge, being more involved in government decision-making and learning more about scientific knowledge. Enabling greater collection of bush foods and associated interaction with the landscape was also considered key to improving community independence, resilience and wellbeing.

Participants showed strong interest in aquaculture as an option to help diversify food sources and minimise reliance on store purchased foods and provide income for the community – especially under future climate uncertainty. Many older participants saw aquaculture as a way to encourage greater involvement of younger generations in sea management and consequently building autonomy and skills. People preferred low maintenance aquaculture, carried out in a way respectful to culture, directed by community, with support from scientists. Many participants indicated they would feel strong pride if a community enterprise based on customary knowledge could be developed. There was considerable faith in the local corporation in managing decisions relating to aquaculture and adaptation. However, people had limited understanding of
aquaculture practices, technology and logistics and capacity involved in establishing and maintaining enterprises. And although people desired greater employment and skills, conventional employment was not a high aspiration except where work was closely related to the natural environment. 

Implementing programs of ‘aquaculture for adaptation’ will require improved
communication and learning among all stakeholders. This involves developing longterm relationships built on trust, awareness of different worldviews on adaptation, planning, resource management and development. Supporting aquaculture development on Goulburn Island may help adaptation by expanding livelihood options and enhancing collection and local consumption of bushfoods. However, logistics of implementation will be complicated, and will need to be part of a wider set of options. An adaptive management approach that involves community, decision-makers and researchers planning and testing ideas and developing workable solutions could provide the inclusiveness that local community desire.

GAF4 Spotlight was on Gender and Change

The full report, program and all slide presentations from the 4th Global Symposium on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries are NOW ONLINE!

Fishery changes shift working spaces, create and destroy jobs and bring overlaps in women’s and men’s roles. 

At the end of GAF4, student volunteers and Piyashi DebRoy (winner of GAF4 AquaFish CRSP Best Student Paper award congratulate all GAF4 participatns.

Congratulations to GAF4 participants from our student volunteers from Chonnam National University, Moon Eun-Ji (left) and Bak So-Hyeon (right), and Piyashi DebRoy (center and winner of GAF4 AquaFish CRSP Best Student Paper award) .

“Gender and fisheries studies, therefore, are increasingly addressing these changes and how women and men were affected by them,” said Dr Nikita Gopal who led the Program Committee that organized this highly energetic and successful event.  GAF4 also continued to fill out the global picture showing that women and gender issues are still not properly understood in the fisheries sector.”

Feedback declared GAF4 the most successful and highest quality of the 6 women in fisheries/gender in aquaculture and fisheries events held by the Asian Fisheries Society over the last 15 years.

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Arctic fisheries in the news

Photo: Sloan et al (2002) Women in Arctic fisheries report.

Woman fisher. Source: cover of Sloan et al (2002) Women in Arctic fisheries report.

The European Union Fisheries Commissioner, Maria Damanaki, and the  Norwegian Fisheries Minister Lisbeth Berg-Hansen have recently discussed the need for a responsible approach to the Arctic region and and for governments to engage more closely with the people who live there. Concerns over climate change and its impact on Arctic fisheries and the people dependent on them generated the discussion.

In 2002, the Arctic Council sponsored the “Taking Wing” conference on gender equality and women in the Arctic  in Finland. The conference focused on the link between gender equality and natural resource management for sustainable development and made the following recommendation to the ministers:

…to establish a project to analyse and document the involvement and role of women and indigenous peoples in natural resource management in the Arctic.

The ensuing project published a report on “Women’s Participation in Decision-making Processes in Arctic Fisheries Resource Management: Arctic Council 2002-2004“,  by Lindis Sloan (editor), Joanna Kafarowski, Anna Heilmann, Anna Karlsdóttir, Maria Udén Luleå, Elisabeth Angell Norut and Mari Moen Erlandsen.

The report can be downloaded here.

(Thank you to Rikke Becker Jacobsen of IFM, Denmark and Charlotte D. Andersen of the Gronlands Nationalbibliotek in Nuuk, Greenland, for the link.)

Extract from the Preface

Fisheries represent a traditional way of life and are of great economic and cultural importance to coastal populations in the Arctic, indigenous and non-indigenous Northern inhabitants. Women are part of these coastal
settlements; fisheries resource management and regulatory measures affect their lives, yet they are not accorded stakeholder status or participatory rights in regulatory bodies.

This project has become a joint effort, with participants from Canada, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroes, Norway and Sweden both in the work group and in the International Steering Committee. The Sámediggi, the Sámi Parliament in Norway, followed up on the original recommendation by commissioning a report on the gender equality aspect of their fisheries policy. A summary of this report is included as a separate chapter in the report.

The report is based on statistics and fieldwork studies in the participating countries, and each national chapter contains both statistics on the fisheries in the country, a fieldwork report and in several cases, the author’s recommendations. In addition, the national project leaders have agreed on a set of recommendations to national authorities and to the industry, and the International Steering Committee has agreed to support these recommendations. These are found in a separate chapter in the report.

This report is intended to be easily accessible to the fish harvesters, their communities, politicians and the industry alike; therefore it does not contain extensive background data or references to scientific literature. We have hoped to provide a broad picture of fisheries in the Arctic, and some of the many ways in which women are part of this industry.

Gender, environment and economic development

A new UNDP report – Powerful Synergies: Gender Equality, Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability – is aimed at the policy makers. It does not explicitly address fisheries and aquaculture, but this document  nevertheless is useful background on how the global environment agreements and events have virtually ignored gender, and specifically women.

Description. “This publication, Powerful Synergies: Gender Equality, Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability, is a collection of evidence-based papers by scholars and practitioners that explore the interconnections between gender equality and sustainable development across a range of sectors and global development issues such as energy, health, education, food security, climate change, human rights, consumption and production patterns, and urbanization. The publication provides evidence from various sectors and regions on how women’s equal access and control over resources not only improves the lives of individuals, families and nations, but also helps ensure the sustainability of the environment.

The papers in this publication make detailed recommendations for policy makers and practitioners to ensure that policies and programmes effectively integrate gender equality and that women participate fully and meaningfully. By acting on these recommendations and working collectively across sectors, we will not only drive forward towards the future we want, but we will provide the foundations for present and future generations of women and men, and boys and girls, to thrive.”

Download the report.

BRIDGE: climate change and gender

Many readers of Genderaquafish are interested in or already working on climate change projects in aquaculture and fisheries. Therefore, we especially thank Cornelie Quist for alerting us to the rich set of resources on gender and climate change that were recently released in BRIDGE Update,
Issue No. 92, June 2012

In the BRIDGE Update Issue, you will find the following, and, below, the links to the resources in English, French and some in Spanish:


I. BRIDGE updates: recent activities and publications on gender and climate change
a. BRIDGE Cutting Edge Pack on Gender and Climate Change
b. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP17) – Blog
c. Commission on the Status on Women (CSW) 56 – Blog
d. French contextualised version of the Cutting Edge Pack on Gender and Climate Change

II. Upcoming events and other news:
a. Rio +20: BRIDGE storify and ways to get involved
b. WEDO and DAWN at Rio+20

III. Quick Guide: global resources on gender and climate change

I. BRIDGE updates: recent activities and publications on gender and climate change

a. BRIDGE Cutting Edge Pack on Gender and Climate Change

Responses to climate change tend to focus on scientific and economic solutions rather than addressing the vitally significant human and gender dimensions. For climate change responses to be effective, thinking must move beyond these limited approaches to become people-focused, and focus on the challenges and opportunities that climate change presents in the struggle for gender equality. This Cutting Edge Pack advocates for a transformative approach in which:

* women and men have an equal voice in decision-making on climate change and broader governance processes;
* are given equal access to the resources necessary to respond to the negative effects of climate change;
* both women’s and men’s needs and knowledge are taken into account, and climate change policymaking institutions and processes at all levels are not biased towards men or women;
* the broad social constraints that limit women’s access to strategic and practical resources no longer exist.

This Cutting Edge Pack hopes to inspire thinking and action. The Overview Report offers a comprehensive gendered analysis of climate change, which demystifies many of the complexities in this area and suggests recommendations for researchers, NGOSs and donors as well as policymakers at national and international level. The Supporting Resources Collection (SRC) provides summaries of key texts, conceptual papers, tools, case studies and contacts of organisations in this field, whilst a Gender and Development In Brief newsletter contains three articles including two case studies outlining innovative local led solutions.

Overview Report

Supporting Resources Collection

In Brief (English)

En Breve (Spanish)

En Bref (French)

b. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP17) – Blog

BRIDGE attended the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP17) in Durban in December, where we co-hosted a side event with gender cc ( entitled How to move beyond ‘gender washing’, learning from successes and mistakes. Speakers included Claudia Gimena Roa from FUNDAEXPRESION, an organisation featured in the Gender and Climate Change Cutting Edge Pack. The event was very well received, with participants particularly interested in the gender-aware climate change adaptation at local level. We also launched the Gender and Climate Change Cutting Edge Pack, which proved extremely popular with both male and female participants from civil society as well as official backgrounds. It was heartening to see how many participants were keen to incorporate a gender-aware approach into their climate change thinking. For more information about BRIDGE’s experience and reflections on COP17, please visit George’s Blog:

c. Commission on the Status on Women (CSW) 56 – Blog

BRIDGE also attended the Commission on the Status on Women (CSW) Session 56 in February/ March, where we continued to promote the Gender and Climate Change Cutting Edge Pack, holding a side event with the Community Awareness Centre co-ordinator, Reetu Sogani. During the side event, Reetu demonstrated how participatory processes have empowered local women in the area to utilise their expertise and manage natural resources – resulting in dramatic improvements in their and their families lives. Her illuminating account spoke to so many pertinent issues that Reetu was invited to talk about her work on UN Radio. For more information about BRIDGE’s experience and CSW 56 reflections and outcomes, please visit George’s Blog:

d. French contextualised version of the Cutting Edge Pack (Kit Actu) on Gender and Climate Change

Work on gender and climate change in Francophone Africa is at an embryonic stage, but very interesting examples of good practice are starting to emerge. This is a lesson learnt through the creation of the French version of our Gender and Climate Change Cutting Edge Pack – a result of the collaboration between BRIDGE, the Genre en Action network  ( and the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie ( Far from being just a translation of the English pack, this French version integrates information and case studies on gender and climate change policies and practices in Francophone countries, and includes descriptions of their different political, social, economic and environmental contexts.

For this project a questionnaire was sent to organisations and networks in France, Canada and several Francophone developing countries. On the basis of the responses from the questionnaires and further research, Joelle Palmieri of Genre en Action has been writing up some examples of good practice and case studies that are specific to the Francophone context. Countries such as Senegal, Benin, Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo and Canada are featured particularly in the Supporting Resources Collection (Boîte à Outils).

To download a free electronic copy of the French Cutting Edge Pack on Gender and Climate Change, please go to

To receive a free printed copy, please go to

II. Upcoming events and other news:

a. Rio +20: BRIDGE storify and ways to get involved

As you are aware the UN Rio +20 Conference on Sustainable Development ( has begun this week where key themes include climate change and food security. However, there is a lack of clarity on the gender dimensions of these and other issues being discussed at the conference. The subject of rights is also absent from the zero draft document and the agendas for discussion.

BRIDGE ( is collecting and curating social media information to build a picture of the Rio +20 negotiations, reflect on participants’ expectations and experiences of the Summit, and provide commentary on the proceedings. We are using Storify, a social media tool which will enable us to pull together the very latest reports, blogs and tweets from participants attending the conference and analysts reflecting on the outcomes. Are you at Rio? It would be fantastic to hear about your opinions, follow your blog or tweets and feature them in the story. You can get in contact by emailing George:

Please visit the BRIDGE Storify account to see all of this: By subscribing to the BRIDGE storify account  you will receive updates every time BRIDGE posts a story on Rio +20 or other future issues.

b. WEDO and DAWN at Rio+20

The Women’s Environmental & Development Organisation (WEDO) is also hosting Women on the Road to Rio- Online Community: which provides a fantastic opportunity to see, follow and join discussions, and read blog postings by participants and other interested parties. You can sign up to the forum here:

Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) has posted on their website a list of interesting resources on Rio+20 that can be accessed here
They are also organising a number of side events at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Rio. A programme can be accessed at

III. Quick guide: global resources on Gender and climate change

The following resources have been selected from a number of new additions to the BRIDGE Global Resources Database around this theme:

Briefs on gender and climate funds: the Clean Development Mechanism,
United Nations Development Programme, 2012
This brief explores ways of ensuring that CDM initiatives contribute to local development and enhance opportunities for projects to meet local women’s and men’s needs.

Governing climate funds: What will work for women?, Women’s Environment and Development Organisation, 2012
This research report on gender in global finance mechanisms examines the integration of gender issues into policies and investments of two climate funds and two non-climate funds, identifying practices that could ‘work for women’ in climate change financing.

Gender and climate change: an introduction, Earthscan, 2012
Through a range of case study examples this book provides a nuanced discussion of various gender impacts of climate change as well as coping strategies women have employed and opportunities for policy intervention.

Weathering the storm: girls and climate change, Plan International, 2011
Based on participatory research in Ethiopia and Bangladesh, this report argues that programmes and policies that do not recognise the different ways in which girls and boys are affected by climate change risk exacerbating pre-existing gender inequalities and are failing to tackle one of the root causes of vulnerability to climate risk.

Climate crisis impacts in the life of women in the Santander region – Colombia, GenderCC – América Latina, 2011
This article discusses the struggles of women in Santander against social, economic and political inequity, and the impacts of climate change. Three cases from this northwest Colombian region are examined.

Protocols, treaties and action: the ‘climate change process’ through gender spectacles, United Nations Environment Programme, 2011
This article suggests publicising the need to explicitly adopt policy and take measures to direct renewable energy technologies towards women’s real needs. It recommends capacity building for the women involved the international climate change process at all levels, and gender sensitivity training for those developing policy and projects.

Ciampi, M., Gell, F., Lasap, L. and Turvill, E. (2011) Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction: A training pack, Oxford: Oxfam GB
The training pack is for running a four-day workshop on gender and disaster risk reduction (DRR) with groups of 3-20 people. It combines traditional learning methods with participatory and experiential learning approaches. There are four modules, including an introduction to key concepts.

Gender-responsive strategies on climate change: recent progress and ways forward for donors, BRIDGE/IDS, 2011
Drawing on examples of good practice and insights from a range of donor agencies, this paper provides a set of key principles and offers recommendations for donors. It cautions against a ‘blue-print’ approach, arguing that gender relations are context-specific and change over time.

Women as key players in climate adaptation, Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN). 2011
Drawing on case studies and local action in countries across Africa (South Africa, Togo, Cameroon, Namibia, Kenya and Tanzania), this publication highlights ways to improve gender analysis and increase representation in climate adaptation.

Gender and Climate Change: Gender Experiences from Climate-Related GIZ Projects, GIZ, 2011
This 2011 briefing paper is based on an analysis, conducted by the GIZ Programme Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Rights, of good practices in gender approaches and experiences in GIZ’s climate-related projects and programmes.

You can find other resources on climate change at:

Please also visit the archive section to view past Quick Guide selections:

This BRIDGE update was edited by Angela de Prairie.

Three new ICSF reports tackle Climate Change, MPAs and Small Scale Fisheries in India

Seaweed harvesters, Bharathinagar, Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu, India. Photo: Shilpi Sharma (courtesy of ICSF)

Climate Change and Fisheries: Perspectives from Small-scale Fishing Communities in India on Measures to Protect Life and Livelihood

by Venkatesh Salagrama,

Through consultations with key fisheries-based stakeholders in four States of India, this study attempts to assess perceptions of fishing communities about the impact of climate change on their lives and livelihoods. It also evaluates the traditional knowledge, institutions and practices of fishing communities that are relevant to climate-change preparedness. The study identifies adaptation and mitigation measures that may need to be adopted by fishing communities and the State in relation to climate change. Based on this overall analysis, the study proposes measures to protect the lives and livelihoods of small-scale fishing communities in the context of climate change policies and programmes at different levels.

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MPA Workshop Proceedings 2012: Fishery-dependent Livelihoods, Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity: The Case of Marine and Coastal Protected Areas in India.

The lacunae in fishing-community engagement in the management and governance of marine and coastal protected areas (MCPAs) were discussed in the 2009 Chennai Workshop organized by the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF). To continue the discussion, a second, two-day workshop to review existing legal and institutional mechanisms for implemention and monitoring of MCPAs, titled ‘Fishery-dependent Livelihoods, Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity: The Case of Marine and Coastal Protected Areas in India’, was held in New Delhi during 1-2 March 2012.

The objective was to understand the impact of MCPAs on fishing communities, from an environmental-justice and human-rights perspective, and make specific proposals for better conservation while securing the livelihoods of small-scale fishers. The workshop also served to underscore these issues in light of the upcoming Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to be held at Hyderabad in October 2012.This publication contains the prospectus of the workshop and a report of the proceedings.

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Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries: Towards FAO Guidelines on Marine and Inland Small-scale Fisheries: Workshop and Symposium

 The workshop and symposium titled “Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries: Towards FAO Guidelines on Marine and Inland Small-scale Fisheries” was jointly organized by the National Fishworkers’Forum (NFF) and the Society for Direct Initiative for Social and Health Action (DISHA),in collaboration with the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF).

The workshop was the first in a series of consultations around the world organized to discuss the Voluntary Guidelines on Small-scale Fisheries (VGSSF) and propose measures, keeping in mind the interests and concerns of small-scale fisheries and fishing communities. The workshop was also a forum to make the role of small-scale fisheries and fishworkers more visible in the context of food security, poverty alleviation and sustainable use of fishery resources. The workshop had 62 participants from both the marine and inland sectors, representing 10 States of India. The participants included fishworkers, representatives of fishworker organizations, policymakers and representatives of multilateral organizations. The workshop was structured to facilitate active interaction and discussion among participants, taking into account  linguistic diversity and the contextual differences of the marine and inland sectors.

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UPV Women’s Day Forum highlights practical risk reduction

Dr Remedios I. Rikken, Chairperson, Philippine Commission on Women

Disaster risk reduction and good governance were the topics highlighted at the Women’s Day Forum held at UP Visayas on March 9, 2012, Iloilo City campus.

The Chairperson of the Philippine Commission on Women, Ms. Remedios I. Rikken, delivered the keynote address in response to this year’s theme: “Women Weathering Climate Change: Governance and Accountability, Everyone’s Responsibility.”

Speaking to a full audience at the auditorium consisting of those coming from the academe, LGUs, NGOs, POs, government agencies and the media, Rikken’s extensive talk covered reducing disaster risks, management plan, governance, and command system.