Gender equity in emergency operations leadership (GLOW)
The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement renewed its commitment to gender equity and inclusion in 2020: having a diversity of people in decision-making and generating listening from all the people who are part of an operation is crucial. From the preparation for the emergency there must be inclusion and diversity, thus reducing gender impacts and closing integration gaps in the different sectors of intervention or response to emergencies.
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030) highlights the importance of greater integration of women in all work environments, this integration being fundamental to effectively manage disaster risk, empowering women and developing your resilience.
During the emergency caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, multiple barriers were identified in disaster risk reduction and climate change policies, impacting living conditions, access to water, return to communities and access to health, as there were more women and girls displaced in this emergency.
Due to Hurricanes Eta and Iota in Honduras, groups of women were affected by the devastation of their homes, complicating their access to water and sanitation services, presenting multiple barriers and challenges to vulnerable groups in the country and their return to their communities of origin.
During emergencies, women are mostly affected, having complications in accessing services. These are not included in the same way or at the same level as men in decision-making, thus affecting the preparation and response processes.
In the session on Gender Equity in emergency response, women like Melina Miele, who participated as a leader in the response to Operation Eta / Iota in Central America, told their testimonies of being women in environments where male leadership predominates. During these testimonies, different women shared their experiences and how they can also be part of these spaces. We need more women as Chiefs of Operations, more women as Field Coordinators, we need more Women as Disaster Manager.
Protection, gender and inclusion is a very important aspect of humanitarian response, especially when coordinating, organizing, and implementing it, ensuring that no one is left behind.