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Don’t sideline women from disaster risk reduction

Making disaster prevention common practice

Let’s take part in disaster prevention activities more fashionably and casually — this is the slogan of Bosai girl, also known as Disaster Prevention Girls.

Six years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake, and the danger and fear people felt on March 11 seem to have faded year by year. The group’s aim is to maintain people’s interest and boost their capacity to cope with natural disasters.

Misaki Tanaka, 28, and others formed the group in 2013 after taking part in volunteer activities following the disaster. There are about 120 members, mainly women in their 20s and 30s.

On Feb. 18, the disaster prevention event “Gyutto Bosai Haku! 2017,” organized by the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry, was held in the Ikebukuro district in Tokyo. Members of the group helped manage the…


Don’t sideline women from disaster risk reduction

Efforts to curb the threats posed by natural and human-induced hazards will go off track if they keep women and girls out of the picture, experts told Europe’s top disaster risk forum today.

Sidelining half of society is completely wrongheaded, Ms. Hiba Qasas, Chief, Crisis Prevention, Preparedness and Response at UN Women, told a special session of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, which runs from Sunday to Tuesday.

“It’s a simple maths issue when we’re talking about disaster risk reduction and resilience-building,” Ms. Qasas said.

The Sendai Framework Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction – a 15-year global blueprint adopted in 2015 with the aim of saving lives and curbing economic damage – puts gender front and centre due to its whole-of-society approach…


Avalanche risks may have been downplayed due to pressure to meet mountain climbing licensing requirements


Rescuers carry the injured to ambulances Monday after a group of high school students and teachers were hit by an avalanche in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, earlier in the day. | KYODO


Following Monday’s deadly avalanche that killed eight people, including seven students, in Tochigi Prefecture, the authorities and experts are now assessing the decision making that led up to the incident even though an avalanche advisory had been issued for the area.


Ensuring safety on mountains is particularly difficult when groups of people are involved, according to experts — a point underscored by the deadly avalanche.


The climbing excursion, a three-day trip that began Saturday, has been held every year local high schools since 1963. This year, the group had originally planned to climb Mount Chausu on the final…




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