Briefing Paper: Women’s Leadership in Disaster Preparedness

Project: Learning Project 21st March 2018

Women bring a wealth of knowledge and resources to emergency preparedness, yet their existing capacities as leaders are often not sufficiently recognised. International frameworks emphasise the importance of women’s leadership as a requirement for effective humanitarian action, but women remain underrepresented in decision-making roles.

The forthcoming report, prepared by The DEPP Learning Project and The Research People, examines women’s involvement as leaders and decision-makers within the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) and its networks. It is based on four case studies exploring women’s leadership at the organisational and grassroots levels in Ethiopia, Kenya, Pakistan and the Philippines. The report aims to explore the effects of women’s leadership, identify barriers and enablers, and provide an insight into the reasons why investing in women as leaders is important.



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