The Gendered Dimensions of Disaster Risk Management and Adaptation to Climate Change – Stories from the Pacific

The gender dimensions of disaster risk management and adaptation to climate change can no longer be ignored. Global virtual networks recognise the fundamental differences in the way women and men are affected by, contribute to, cope with and adapt to these vulnerabilities.1 There are many reasons for the differences, including gender inequalities, the roles women and men play in their communities and the reality that women constitute most of the world’s poor. As such, they are highly dependent on local natural resources for their livelihood and are disproportionately vulnerable to, and affected by, disasters and climate change.