• You are invited to an online panel discussion on Pacific women’s leadership in inclusive disaster risk reduction (DRR).
  • The panel will be on 26 January 2022, noon to 1:30 p.m. (Japan Standard Time). It is free and open to the public. Please register to get the link.
  • Panellists will be from Samoa Red Cross Society, Fiji National Disaster Management Office, and Welfare and Disaster Prevention Community Association.
From left, Ms. Maualaivao Namulauulu Tautala MAUALA; Ms. Vasiti SOKO; Ms. Emiko NUKUI; and Dr. Richard CRICHTON

23 December, 2021, Hiroshima, Japan – UNITAR Division for Prosperity will convene an online panel discussion to explore women’s leadership in disaster risk reduction (DRR) to promote inclusion and equality. The panel will be held on 26 January 2022, noon to 1:30 p.m. (Japan Standard Time), and is free and open to the public (registration required).

Around the world, disasters strike the more vulnerable communities and people including women, children, older persons and people with disabilities. To better anticipate and mitigate such disaster risks, leadership from among those most affected is essential.

Women in particular are often primary caregivers to others. Empowering them to take part in decision-making processes will help vulnerable populations learn how to prepare for and support themselves in emergencies.

The following experts will discuss how we can better integrate gender perspectives into DRR policies and practices:

  • Ms. Maualaivao Namulauulu Tautala MAUALA, Secretary-General, Samoa Red Cross Society
  • Ms. Vasiti SOKO, Director, Fiji National Disaster Management Office, Government of Fiji
  • Ms. Emiko NUKUI, Certified Disaster Prevention Officer, Welfare and Disaster Prevention Community Association

Dr. Richard CRICHTON, Training Officer at Division for Prosperity, will moderate the session.

The public is invited to join for free.

Please register at: https://unitar-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dZMHuAXEQc2tuGvzC2mAwA

This webinar concludes the 2021 round of the UNITAR Women’s Leadership in Tsunami-based Disaster Risk Reduction Programme. The programme trains women from the Pacific small island developing states and was supported by the Government of Japan.

For more information: No more people will have to go through what Anzonetta and Jared had to – building resilience by having inclusive DRR plan


The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) provides innovative learning solutions to individuals, organizations and institutions to enhance global and country-level action for a better future. Located in Hiroshima, the Division for Prosperity trains present and future change-makers from developing countries, particularly youth and women, so they may shape a more inclusive, sustainable, and prosperous world.

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