Gender equality and inclusion are placed at the core of all NDRMF operations. NDRMF is committed to achieving gender equality and inclusiveness by ensuring the promotion and protection of the human rights of women, girls, boys, men, and PWDs in risk and risk-free environments. All genders, irrespective of their religious and ethnic affiliation, cast and creed, and/or any disability, they equally participate in project cycle management as well as, equally benefit from projects financed through NDRMF.
Gender, DRR, and Climate Change Policy Statement
Promoting gender equality is a shared mandate and responsibility of NDRMF and all its Fund Implementing Partners (FIPs). Policy commitment of the Fund is to strengthen mechanisms for achieving gender equality at the organization level and through the projects financed by NDRMF. To achieve this goal, mainstreaming gender into DRR and climate adaptation projects is mandatory for NDRMF and FIPs to comply with. By adopting this strategy, NDRMF and its FIPs will be in a position to integrate gender equality concerns into the programme/project management cycle through the systematic application of gender analysis. This facilitates both the parties to better understand how and why disasters affect different genders differently as well as, informs about mechanisms to address gender disparity in disasters. The broader policy objectives of the Fund are to:
- Promote gender-sensitive measures within the organization to facilitate both women and men staff members to work in an inclusive and gender-fair environment;
- Ensure that by adopting a gender mainstreaming approach both internally and externally, NDRMF achieves greater, sustainable, and equitable climate change and disaster risk resilience results; Build equally women and men’s resilience and ability to address disasters, and to ensure that women and men equally contribute to, and benefit from activities supported by NDRMF;
- Contribute to reducing the gender gap in climate change and disaster exacerbated social, economic, and environmental vulnerabilities; and
- Encourage the process of gender learning and cooperation with external partners.
DRR Focused Interventions
During Phase-I Projects Management Cycle, NDRMF anticipates to accomplish the following gender-responsive interventions:
- MHVRA inclusive of gender and climate change vulnerabilities.
- Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) is developed and implemented to reduce disaster risks of people living in or at-risk.
- Retrofitting of social sector buildings (education and health sector public sector buildings) are made safe against disasters and resistant to multiple hazards aiming to enhance gender-inclusive protection through maximizing access to these services.
- Gender-responsive National and Sub-National Emergency Response Plans (gender-responsive) and Early Warning System are established and operationalized.
- Capacity building of Public and Non-Public Sector FIPs on gender and DRR in general and developing gender-sensitive disaster response plans in specific.
- Engendering and sharing best practices and knowledge products for building the resilience of men, women boys, girls, and persons with disabilities (PWDs).
- Introducing participatory accountability mechanisms aiming at gender-inclusive decision-making processes at the community and policy levels through programs and projects implemented in collaboration with FIPs.
- Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)
- World Conference on Human Rights (1993)
- UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007)
- 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Gender mainstreaming is fundamental to NDRMF’S objectives and guiding principles, including through engaging women and men of all ages as stakeholders in the design, development and implementation of strategies and activities to be financed. The first Gender Toolkit prepared by National Disaster Risk Management Fund (NDRMF) was aimed to ensure gender integration through programming and projects financed by NDRMF.
This toolkit includes guidance on how to undertake a gender analysis, what needs to be done to ensure gender is mainstreamed at different stages of project cycle, how gender can be integrated into the Results Framework, data collection, and usage for enhanced impacts, and effective performance measurement mechanisms contributing to overall improved compliance monitoring.