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More To Be Done Regarding Women’s Disaster And Climate Resilience

“It is crucial for women’s networks to work even more collaboratively to ensure that women are part of decision-making and implementation, that women-led networks continue to be strengthened, and to ensure that duplication of work is avoided.”
24 Sep 2022 05:00
More To Be Done Regarding Women’s Disaster And Climate Resilience
Minister for Defence Inia Seruiratu (sitting fourth from left) with attendees at the Pacific Gender Experts and Champions Meeting on Tuesday.

It is timely that we have critical interventions like the Women’s Resilience to Disaster Programme in the Pacific, says Minister for Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu.

He made the comments at the Pacific Gender Experts and Champions meeting on Tuesday, in Bris- bane, Australia.

The meeting is part of the Asia- Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction this year.

“Women’s leadership brings essential knowledge, skills, resources, and expertise to support recovery and resilience building,” he said.

 

“Building women’s capacity for resilience and leadership is vital as only they know how they experience disasters and how they can effectively be resilient.

“It is crucial for women’s networks to work even more collaboratively to ensure that women are part of decision-making and implementation, that women-led networks continue to be strengthened, and to ensure that duplication of work is avoided.”

Government, he said, needed to create an enabling environment to ensure that disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation policies, plans and strategies were inclusive.

“For our region in particular, disaster and climate resilience is central to all other aspects of our development.”

 

Meeting Indian Counterpart

Minister Seruiratu also met with India’s Minister for State Home Affairs, Honourable Rai Shri Nityanand, to jointly discuss their work in the disaster space.

The two leaders discussed opportunities available for capacity building of the Ministry’s staff members.

During the meeting, Mr Seruiratu acknowledged India’s support for the provision of COVID-19 vaccines, the donation of agriculture seeds after recent disasters, and the military ties between the two countries, especially with the arrival of the Indian Naval vessel to Fiji last week.

 

In his remarks, Mr Seruiratu emphasised the need for collaboration and strengthening ties with India in the area of risk-informed development and disaster risk reduction (DRR) programmes as well as best practices.

He also highlighted the need for partnerships between and donor partners.

Mr Nityanand commended Fiji and assured his counterpart that India stood ready to collaborate with Fiji, including in areas of early warning systems and technology exchange.

 

Story By: josefa.babitu@fijisun.com.fj



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