Memorandum of Understanding .In Support to“Gender in Emergencies and Building Resilience in Pakistan”
Islamabad 29 November 2017:
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is mandated under the Disaster Management Act of 2010, to develop guidelines and SOPs for adequate response to disasters, with a special focus on vulnerable population. In order to strengthen its efforts towards reducing the vulnerabilities of women and children in times of disasters, Gender and Child Cell (GCC), NDMA, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Care International, Pakistan, on “Gender in Emergencies and Building Resilience in Pakistan” on 29 November, 2017.
Under the MoU, both organizations agreed to work in areas of strengthening and institutionalizing gender in emergencies, building resilience with climate adoptive DRR, School Safety Framework Scale Up and urban resilience.
The MoU was signed by Lt. Gen Omar Mehmood Hayat, Chairman NDMA and Ayesha Salma, Country Director CARE International, Pakistan. Speaking at the occasion, Chairman NDMA said that every policy, program and project affects women and men differently, given their varying roles and responsibilities in society in general. Understanding gender differences during disasters leads to properly targeted assistance and improved effectiveness of preparedness and mitigation measures. Country Director, Care International Pakistan, thanked NDMA for their leadership and support and stressed that both organizations need to collaborate on preparedness and resilience initiatives in the community, with a special focus on empowering women and girls.