Conference of NGOs (CoNGO) and disaster risk reduction

Disaster Risk Reduction: Feminist Perspectives on Stakeholder Engagement

On the occasion of the UN 66th Commission on the Status of Women 

The Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction present


TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2022  –  8:00 AM EDT (New York)

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With this year’s UN CSW highlighting disaster risk reduction in its priority theme, achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes,” the time for discussion and review in the context of gender equality is urgent and necessary. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 acknowledges the disproportionate impact that women face in disasters, not only due to the interlinkages of poverty and gender inequality exacerbating vulnerabilities, but also due to the ongoing crises of climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic. Women are indispensable in the role of risk reduction efforts and more efforts and attention are required to develop more gender-specific policies, to ensure resources for effective gender-responsive implementation and to advance gender equality within the Sendai Framework.

The panel will present a feminist approach to DRR engagement highlighting linkages to climate change, COVID 19 pandemic recovery and DRR financing. A focus will be on the Global Platform for DRR Conference scheduled for 23-28 May 2022 in Bali, Indonesia and the ongoing midterm review of the Sendai Framework, as well as the inclusivity of under-represented peoples, marginalized and grassroots groups, and civil society from Small Island Developing States (SIDS).


Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, Regional Manager, Shifting the Power Coalition, Suva, Fiji

Maite Rodriguez, Organizer, Community Practitioners Platform for Resilience (CPPR), Huairou Commission, Guatemala

Branwen Millar, Gender Advisor for UN Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) globally based in Bangkok

Lori Johnston, indigenous leader, Yamasi Peoples, from unceded land of the Yamasi in current day Georgia, USA.

Becky Murphy, Policy Lead, Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction, and Co-Focal Point for the Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism


Rosa Lizarde, Global Director, Feminist Task Force, and Co-Convenor: Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development; Focal Point to SEM

Organizers include members of the UN Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism (SEM) on Disaster Risk Reduction, total of 17 Major Groups and other stakeholders (MGoS), the majority of which represent civil society and community-based organizations and demonstrate a high level of engagement in all major intergovernmental processes related of the 2030 Agenda.

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CoNGO Notes: For information about collaborative work of NGOs on the issues above and related matters, visit the substantive committees related to CoNGO. Click here for the NGO CSW66 Virtual Forum to access events similar to this. Click here for information about the UN CSW 66th Session. Visit here for specific information about the NGO Committee on Status of Women Geneva, the NGO Committee on Status of Women/New York, and the NGO Committee on Status of Women Vienna. Visit here for information about the UN Stakeholder Mechanism for the Sendai Disaster Risk Reduction Mechanism.