Gender, Disaster Management and the Private Sector

Lauren Borders • 23 February 2021

new report from the Connecting Business Initiative (CBi) — a joint endeavor from UNDP and OCHA — assesses the intersection of gender, the private sector and disaster management, demonstrating how gender inequalities affect the ways people experience disasters and exacerbate existing issues of poverty and marginalization. Therefore, greater attention must be given to industry gender segregation, gender-based exclusion from decision-making spaces, and the vulnerability of women-led businesses. The study also includes three country case studies that highlight recent efforts to address gender within private sector disaster management, focusing on 1) women-led MSMEs in a double disaster; 2) displacement in fragile contexts; and 3) data and technology; as well as a mapping of nearly 200 resources to guide future work. One of these case studies focuses on Vanuatu, illustrating how the Vanuatu Business Resilience Council (VBRC) — a member of the OCHA-UNDP CBi — and the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce (VCCI) offered targeted support to women-led MSMEs through the Phoenix Project, lifting up business owners with training, network development and cash grants to endure the double disaster of COVID-19 and Cyclone Harold.

Read the report.