NDMA, UN ink LoA for gen­der equal­ity, women em­pow­er­ment

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - 03:45 01:30 05:30 09:15 STAFF RE­PORTER

Pak­istan Acad­emy of Let­ters (PAL) will or­ga­nize two-day Weekly book bazaar here at premises of Acad­emy from Fri­day. The bazaar would start work­ing from 9:00 am till 7:00 pm. Books on var­i­ous sub­jects would be avail­able at weekly bazaar on dis­counts rates, said an of­fi­cial of PAL. IS­LAM­ABAD—The Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Author­ity (NDMA) has signed a Let­ter of Agree­ment (LoA) with the United Na­tions to help strengthen re­sponses with fo­cus on women and is­sues faced by them dur­ing and post dis­as­ters.

The agree­ment signed by Chair­man NDMA Maj Gen As­ghar Nawaz, and Deputy Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, UN Women, Pak­istan Ms. Sangeeta Thapa, would fo­cus gen­der equal­ity and women em­pow­er­ment through sup­port from United Na­tions Pop­u­la­tion Fund.

Women and other vul­ner­a­ble groups of­ten have fewer re­sources to pro­tect them­selves and, with chil­dren, they fre­quently make up the ma­jor­ity of dis­placed per­sons.

There are ev­i­dences that women are bet­ter placed and en­vis­aged to be re­spon­sive in th­ese sit­u­a­tions. How­ever, their ex­clu­sion lim­its their ac­cess to op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­cover and re­build com­mu­ni­ties.

Within this con­text, it is es­sen­tial to es­tab­lish solid foun­da­tions for sur­vivor-cen­tred re­sponse mech­a­nisms in the Coun­try that can be adapted in both emer­gency and nor­mal set­tings, said a press re­lease.

The Gen­der and Child Cell (GCC) of the NDMA will be play­ing an ac­tive role to­wards this di­rec­tion which in­cludes the de­vel­op­ment of ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor train­ing ma­te­rial, ca­pac­ity build­ing of key stake­hold­ers, pol­icy guid­ance for risk mit­i­ga­tion, pre­ven­tion and re­sponse to Gen­der Based Vi­o­lence (GBV) in hu­man­i­tar­ian pro­gram­ming.

The part­ner­ship will con­trib­ute to­wards build­ing the ca­pac­ity of the NDMA con­sis­tent with its man­date to de­velop guide­lines and stan­dards to safe­guard the rights and in­ter­ests of vul­ner­a­ble groups dur­ing dis­as­ters.

More specif­i­cally the part­ner­ship aims to en­hance the Na­tional ca­pac­ity of the NDMA to for­mu­late, and dis­sem­i­nate the na­tional im­ple­men­ta­tion of multi-sec­toral poli­cies and guide­lines, and to de­velop ap­pro­pri­ate learn­ing re­source pack­ages to guide har­mo­nized im­ple­men­ta­tion of stan­dard op­er­a­tion pro­ce­dures, min­i­mum stan­dards and other re­lated guide­lines as per the aims of the pro­gramme.

24 June Book Bazaar

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