As a leading humanitarian organization CARE works in almost 90 countries around the world, in the past year, supporting almost 900 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian aid projects to reach over 70 million people in 2014.
CARE’s experience has shown that vulnerability varies not only between countries, but also within countries, communities and even households. The poorest and most marginalized groups are often the ones most severely impacted by disasters and yet often have limited resources and insufficient means to escape poverty and deal with risks. Women and girls are particularly marginalized and their vulnerability to natural hazards is increased by gender inequalities.
Disaster Risk Reduction should empower people -in particular women and girls- and their communities, to address the underlying drivers of risks and inequalities. The inequitable distribution of rights, resources and power constrains women and girls and their communities in their ability to deal with disaster and to strengthen their resilience.
In this brief CARE highlights key messages in relation to the post-2015 framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, discussed in the 3rd UN Wold Conference on DRR at Sendai (Japan) from March 14th to 18th 2015.