International Day highlights the role of women in disaster reductionListen /
Women and girls are being asked to take a leadership role in disaster management.
The call comes from the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, in her message marking the International Day for Disaster Reduction, observed on 13 October.
She says women, who comprise more than half of the 200 million people affected annually, must be more involved before disasters strike.
"We know that when women and young girls are involved in planning and decision making in their communities, they also contribute their fair share in keeping communities safe. Every day you will find many, many examples of women displaying courage, mobilization skills and organizations skills, all with the purpose of ensuring the safety and resilience of their communities."
Many activities have been planned worldwide to commemorate the day, including tsunami drills in Myanmar, community work in Rwanda, and a discussion on seismic risk in Greece.