Hurricane Maria put a disproportionate burden on women

Africa city leaders promote inclusive resilience

City leaders in Africa have shared some of the successes of inclusive disaster risk reduction strategies, particularly focusing on community engagement and action at the local level.

In Yaoundé VI, as explained the Mayor, Yoki Onana Jacques, “The involvement of multi-stakeholders has yielded incredible outcomes that have promoted synergy between the mayor’s office and stakeholders.

“The local platform for DRR provides a stage for building strategic cooperation through joint planning of activities, the result being increased efficiency in cost and impact in implementing the Sendai Framework,” said Mr. Jacques, referring to the global roadmap for reducing disaster loss.

The comments were made at a recent workshop held in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, to mark progress in a global initiative designed to support cities to develop disaster risk reduction strategies, called: “Making cities sustainable and resilient: implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 at the local level”.

This project is currently supporting five pilot cities in Africa to develop and implement disaster risk reduction…


Pacific Coast Collaborative Launches Climate Resilience Effort

14 September 2018: California Governor Jerry Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee have announced a new effort to strengthen climate resilience, on behalf of the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC). The new effort, detailed in a ‘Declaration on Climate Resilience,’ will facilitate cross-jurisdiction learning and collaboration on climate resilience for local communities and infrastructure.

The announcement was made during the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), which convened from 12-14 September 2018 in San Francisco, US.

PCC members will identify successful programmes and approaches to enhance resilience outcomes and opportunities for regional collaboration on such issues as: mobilization of public and private resources to increase community-level climate resilience; integration of climate resilience into jurisdiction-level policies; and infrastructure finance…


Hurricane Maria put a disproportionate burden on women

A woman collects water from a natural spring created by the landslides in a mountain next to a road in Corozal, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017. Before the hurricane, most households in Puerto Rico enjoyed indoor plumbing and reliable running water. When the electricity and the water failed, the roughly 3.3 million people on the island struggled to find a consistent supply of water—in some areas, for months after the storm. Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images

One year ago this week, Hurricane María knocked down the aging power grid in Puerto Rico and disabled water systems across the island. In the weeks following the storm, millions of people were left without power and reliable access to potable water. In many communities, especially in the central highlands, it was months before the water came back. As the crisis dragged on, Oxfam wanted to find the answers to some urgent questions: How did the sudden loss of water impact daily life? More specifically, did the sudden loss of water supply affect women differently from men?


The answer, it turned out, was simple: Yes. In fact, the impact was substantially disproportionate for women. Because women are usually managers of the household—responsible for taking care of people and domestic systems—they were the ones who shouldered most of the burdens of managing water needs…

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