Putting women and girls on the map

IDDR 2012 - Putting women and girls on the map

A woman protects her family, her sand-covered hands evidence of the hard-labour she is performing to restore her dwelling, after the devestation of Cyclone Sidr in 2007. (Photo/Belinda Meggitt & Mickey Leung)
By David Singh

GENEVA, 5 October 2012 - On 13 October, the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) will be an occasion to pay tribute to millions of girls and women around the world who are on the frontline making their communities and societies resilient to the impacts of disasters and the effects of climate change.

Driven by the theme Women and Girls: the [in]Visible Force of Resilience, IDDR 2012 draws attention to the fact that their efforts to protect and rebuild their communities before, and after, disasters are often unrecognized.
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