MoU signed for women, children protection during disasters

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ISLAMABAD: The Gender and Child Cell (GCC) of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Care International, Pakistan, on “Gender in Emergencies and Building Resilience in Pakistan”

The MoU aims at strengthening efforts towards reducing the vulnerabilities of women and children in times of disasters.

Under the MoU, both the organizations agreed to work in areas of strengthening and institutionalizing gender in emergencies, building resilience with climate adoptive Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), School Safety Framework Scale Up and urban resilience.

The MoU was signed by Lt General Omar Mehmood Hayat, chairman NDMA and Pakistan Country Director CARE International Ayesha Salma.

Speaking at the occasion, the NDMA chairman said that every policy, program and project affected women and men differently, given their varying roles and responsibilities in society in general. “Understanding gender differences during disasters leads to properly targeted assistance, improved effectiveness of preparedness and mitigation measures,” he said.

The Pakistan care international country director stressed that both the organizations needed to collaborate on preparedness and resilience initiatives in the community, with a special focus on empowering women and girls.