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Gender and Population: Climate Change Toolkit

Ensuring women contribute to and benefit from equitable climate solutions

A comprehensive resource kit from UNFPA and WEDO on gender, population and climate change. Learn how gender equality can reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts and how women are uniquely positioned to help curb the harmful consequences of a changing climate.

1. Overview: Women at the Forefront

(English, French)

2. Policy that Supports Gender Equality

(English, French)

3. Common Ground:  In Bangladesh, Ghana, Nepal, Senegal and Trinidad and Tobago

(English, French)

4. Making NAPAs Work for Women

(English, French)

5. Financing that Makes a Difference

(English, French)

6. Educate and Advocate

(English, French)

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Natural disasters from a gender perspective

By Indraswari,  Kuala Lumpur

On Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck West Sumatra, leading to massive destruction in the provincial capital Padang and surrounding areas. More than 800 people are confirmed dead and thousands missing.

Earlier, on Thursday, Sept. 3, a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck West Java. At least 57 people were killed, 116 severely injured and 422 left with minor injuries from the powerful quake centered off the coast of Tasikmalaya that was also felt in Jakarta, Lampung and Bali (The Jakarta Post, Sept. 4, 2009).

The above earthquakes are neither the first nor the last ones in Indonesia, as scientists warn that Indonesians must prepare for strong earthquakes in the future.

In fact, human beings have been at the mercy of natural disasters since the beginning of time.

The last two earthquakes as well as other natural disasters such as floods, wildfires, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, landslides, droughts and famine remind us of how vulnerable we are.

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