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Gender and Sand and Dust Storms

When women and men are included equally in disaster risk reduction, their entire communities’ benefit. A comprehensive approach to SDS risk management that integrates gender is better equipped to ensure that the particular needs, capacities and priorities of women, girls, men and boys related to pre-existing gender roles and inequalities, along with the specific impacts of the disaster, are recognized and addressed.

Both men and women bring a range of skills and talents to disaster risk reduction. It is vital to identify and leverage all of these available skills to support the long-term resilience of individuals and communities in affected regions.

For more information Gender and SDS, see Special focus section: Gender and disaster risk reduction in chapter 3 of the SDS compendium.