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🔎 FOCUS on Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga BSc, PhD, FHEA, FRICS, FRGS, CMgr FCMI (Head of Global Disaster Resilience Centre (The University of Huddersfield - CORE partner)), who will take the floor on "Gender Equality in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)".
📑 ABSTRACT 📑
👉 Disasters don’t discriminate, but people do. Due to existing socio-economic conditions, cultural beliefs and traditional practices, women are more likely to be disproportionately affected by disasters, including loss of life and livelihoods.
👉 Research reveals that disasters reinforce, perpetuate and increase gender inequality, making situations worse for women. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 acknowledges the specific vulnerabilities of women in disasters, and also recognizes the indispensable role of women in risk reduction efforts.
👉 Women’s participation is important at all levels of disaster risk reduction. However, the potential contributions that women can offer to the disaster risk reduction imperative around the world are often overlooked and female leadership in building community resilience to disasters is frequently disregarded.
👉 Women are still too often absent from the development and implementation of disaster risk reduction strategies and decision-making processes. To achieve greater parity in DRR-related actions including that of decision-making, concerted action is needed to provide capacity building and skills-enhancement opportunities to allow women to take an active and leading role in DRR.
👉 We need to reduce the barriers and ensure higher participation and leadership of women in the DRR.
💡 BIOGRAPHY 💡
👉 Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga BSc, PhD, FHEA, FRICS, FRGS, CMgr FCMI. is a leading international expert in disaster rick reduction and management with an extensive academic career.
👉 Currently she is leading The University of Huddersfield, UK’s Global Disaster Resilience Centre (https://lnkd.in/eJFMTsNC).
👉 She is recognised for her career-long impact up until 2020, and is placed among the global top 2% of influential scientists, according to the report of “Composite Citation Metrics” by Elsevier BV Netherlands and Stanford University (USA), released in August 2021.
👉 She has project managed to successful completion a large number of international research projects (over £ 20 million) generating significant research outputs and outcomes. She provides expert advice on disaster resilience to national and local governments and international agencies including the UNDRR.
👉 Among many leadership roles, she is the joint chief editor of the International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment. She is a member of the European Commission and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)’s European Science & Technology Advisory Group (ESTAG) representing the UK, a Steering Committee member of the UK Frontiers of Development programme, a Steering Committee member of the @UK Alliance for Disaster Research, motivation of which is to bring together the UK’s rich and diverse disaster research community to facilitate collaboration and partnership.
👉 She is a Fellow of the ROYAL INSTITUTION OF CHARTERED SURVEYORS' BENEVOLENT FUND LIMITED (RICS), a Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and a Fellow and a Chartered Manager of the Chartered Management Institute, UK
👉 Further details are viable at www.dilanthiamaratunga.net.