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En-Gendering HFA: Grassroots women's strategies for implementing the HFA

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Since the First Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2007, GROOTS International and Huairou Commission have advanced the local implementation of the HFA. Although our work on disaster resilience covers a diverse range of experiences and practices spread across two regions (Latin America & the Caribbean and Asia), we have one central idea that is common to all our work: Organized groups of grassroots women must play public decision making roles in shaping DRR initiatives. Without their participation at the local, provincial, national and global level, it is not possible to implement gender as a cross cutting element across the Five Priorities for Action in the HFA and promote meaningful citizen engagement with at-risk communities.

5 BIG STEPS WE HAVE TAKEN SINCE THE GLOBAL PLATFORM IN 2007

1. A COMMUNITY DISASTER RESILIENCE FUND Demonstration projects underway in India and Central America are funding grassroots women's organizations to initiate and expand resilience practices in collaboration with local governments and other stakeholders.

2. COMMUNITY TO COMMUNITY TRANSFERS OF GOOD PRACTICE More than 350 grassroots women trainers in Asia and Latin America & the Caribbean are using peer learning exchanges and community workshops to transfer their skills, knowledge and practices as well as to mobilize their communities to address risk reduction.

3. GRASSROOTS WOMEN'S RESILIENCE NETWORKS Through learning and advocacy initiatives at local, national and regional levels, a large number of urban, rural and indigenous groups are coming together building constituencies of women's groups committed to advancing pro-poor disaster risk reduction.

4. LOCAL - NATIONAL - REGIONAL PARTNERSHIPS Grassroots women's organizations have advanced partnerships with strategic actors such as local authorities ProVention Consortium, UNDP, India's National Disaster Management Authority, Guatemala's CONRED and Central American disaster management agency CEPREDENAC. These partners are exploring strategies for institutionalizing approaches emerging from local practices.

5. GRASSROOTS-FRIENDLY FRAMEWORK ON RESILIENCE Grassroots women's organizations in our networks have vast experience in development and have organized to undertake disaster relief, recovery, and reconstruction. Through collective reflection processes at different learning forums, we are evolving a shared understanding of resilience that focuses on long term vulnerability reduction.