14-15th February 2013

Provincial Coordination and Strategic Visioning Workshop by GCC NDMA

Islamabad:

A two day workshop on Provincial Coordination and Strategic Visioning was convened on February 14 and 15, 2013 in NDMA with an objective to develop a long term plan for addressing the concerns of vulnerable groups in all phases of disaster management. Chairman NDMA Dr Zafar Iqbal Qadir delivered the welcome address. Ms. Lena Lindberg (UN- Women) and Ms. Rhonda Gossen- Ehsani (CIDA) were the Chief Guest and Guest of Honor respectively. Ms. Anjum Assad Amin, Head of GCC concluded the workshop. The workshop brought together national and provincial counterparts of NDMAas well as major development partners and civil society organizations (UNICEF, UNFPA, Rahnuma, Focus and Centre for Health and Population Studies). Provincial/Regional GCC presented their views on achievements, effective coordination, strategic planning, management, implementation, resource mobilization, sustainability and capacity development needs to the participants of the workshop. Followed by various presentations, consultative sessions/modules were held.

Moderators included Ms. Nusrat Nasab (CEO –Focus Humanitarian Assistance Pakistan) Ms. Rukhsana Rehman, Mr. SalmanAsif and Dr. Saman Yazdani. These modules helped to identify issues and priorities of the provincial and regional GCC regardingoperating mechanisms and their resource needs. Dr. Farhat Sheikh and Ms. Zeb-un-Nisa presented ‘Objectives and Progress of GCC NDMA’ and ‘Gender and Vulnerable Groups in DRR Policy and DRM Needs Assessments’ respectively. The workshop ended with encouraging remarks by Ms. Lena Lindburg, Head UN Womanand Ms. Rhonda Ehsani Head CIDA who appreciated the efforts of NDMA and GCC. Meeting was concluded by Ms. Anjum Assad Amin, the Head of GCC highlighting the way forward and decisions taken during the meeting. In view of usefulness of the meeting and the wish expressed by the provincial and regional GCC’s, it was decided to convene the ‘Provincial Coordination and Strategic Visioning’ meetings on quarterly basis; once at Federal Capital and thrice at Provincial Capitals.


21st February 2013

Gender Thematic Group MeetingHeld at NDMA

Islamabad:

Core Group of Gender Thematic Group was held on 21 February, 2013 in NDMA. Dr. ZafarIqbalQadirbriefed the participants on GTG and its objectives. He said that GTG is a forum of different international and national NGOs, and UN agencies to provide support to NDMA in coordination with all stakeholders, in policy formulation and implementation, on gender equality for the complete spectrum of disaster management. Chairman NDMA Mr. ZafarIqbalQadir, designated Chairman Maj. Gen. SaeedAleem, Head of GCC/ Member S&S Ms. Anjum Assad Amin, co-Chair GTG/ UN Resident CoordinatorMr. TimoPakkala, representatives from UN Women, CIDA, Pakistan Humanitarian Forum (PHF), National Humanitarian Network (NHN) and officials from NDMA (including, PM GCC Dr. Farhat Sheikh), participated in the meeting.

Nominations were made for the Advisory Group of GTG from UN Agencies, Parliament, government, and civil society organizations. Discussion was held on the appropriate number of advisory members in each category. Two Civil Servants from the government and two members from CSOs were nominated with one member as standby. CIDA and Norwegian Embassy were nominated as observers for the first year.


10th January 2013

Preliminary consultation on Social Protection Policy

Islamabad:

GCC NDMA convened a preliminary consultative meeting on formulation of a Social Protection Policy for Disasters on January 10, 2013 at NDMA, to discuss the concerns of vulnerable groups of the society in the aftermath of disasters. This meeting was aimed at ensuring a consultative and inclusive approach by taking views of all the stakeholders before formulating a draft.

Based on the outputs of this meeting, a series of consultative workshops will be held during February, 2013 at the provincial level. These will culminate in a national level workshop to draw up a comprehensive Social Protection Policy which ensures that the needs and concerns of vulnerable groups including women, children, the elderly and the disabled are integrated in emergency response, early recovery, reconstruction, rehabilitation and preparedness.

The workshop was chaired by Chairman NDMA, Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qadir and Member S&S, Ms. Anjum Assad Amin. Representatives from various NGOs, INGOs, UN Agencies, UN Women, CIDA and officials from NDMA attended the meeting.


2nd January 2013

Establishment of four Gender & Child Cells (GCC) AT Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMAs) during 2012

Islamabad:

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) established “Gender and Child Cell” in August 2010 with the aim to mainstream gender and child issues and vulnerabilities in humanitarian response, crises management and disaster risk reduction initiatives. NDMA made focused efforts to extend support to provinces for establishment GCC at respective PDMA’s with the objective to bring coherence in National, provincial and District policies and actions with regard to gender and child issues in disasters and to be able to work in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.

The four PDMAs having notified GCC during 2012 include: PDMA Baluchistan, PDMA Sind, PDMA Punjab and SDMA (State Disaster Management Authority) Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Notifications:

  • PDMA Punjab
  • PDMA Sindh
  • PDMA Balochistan
  • SDMA Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK)

  • 5th September 2012

    NDMA’s imitatives of Gender Thematic Group (GTG)

    Islamabad:

    Dr. Zafar Qadir, Chairman NDMA presided a meeting of GTG on 5th September, 2012, to deliberate upon Terms of Reference of GTG in the wake of NDMA’s initiative of signing of MOU with UN Women in May, 2012. The aim of signing of this MOU was to establish GTG to protect the vulnerable segments of society in disasters including gender, age, disability and other excluded segments of the society- religious minorities and transgender. Representatives from various UN agencies, Pakistan Humanitarian Forum (PHF), Ministry of Human Rights and NDMA participated.

    The GTG will be a national level forum for policy and advisory support for both humanitarian and risk reduction issues. It will provide a sustainable institutional mechanism on permanent footings under the overall leadership of NDMA and technical guidance of UN Women.

    By considering the cross-sectoral issues and the lessons learnt from the past disasters, it will lead and compliment the role of humanitarian structure currently working in the country. The GTG will analyze vulnerabilities of different groups with gender lens at macro level and address social protection issues by providing policy inputs. The group will also consider cross cutting issues and establish linkages among different forums working in the same areas for close collaborate with clusters to build upon their work (gender markers).

    While addressing the meeting, Chairman informed that GTG will have two tiers, core group and advisory group and will be chaired by Chairman NDMA and co-chaired by UNDRC. The core group will comprise of head of GCC, head of UN Women, chair from PHF and NHN, rep from One UN DRM and GCC NDMA. Meeting was also apprised about the Advisory Members consisting of representative of Parliamentarian, Women Civil Servants, UN and Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s).


    8th June 2012

    GCC-NDMA organizes an “Awareness Hiking/Walk” to support vulnerable people during disaster.

    Islamabad:

    Rana Farooq Saeed Khan, the Federal Minister for Climate Change inaugurated a walk held at Trail-5, Islamabad. The objective of the walk/hiking was to promote a better understanding of the issues of vulnerable segments and to sensitize public about the needs, concerns and rights of these vulnerable groups during disasters. The walk/hiking was organized by the “Gender & Child Cell” of the National Disaster Management Authority (GCC-NDMA) to safeguard and protect the needs and rights of all vulnerable groups i.e. “Elderly People”, “Women”, “Children”, “People with Special Needs” and “Elderly”.

    Major partners of the walk included foreign diplomats, representatives from government, international community, and local CBOs. Moreover, members of blind cricket team-Pakistan, children, women and senior citizens also participated in the awareness hiking/walk.

    A great enthusiasm was observed by the participants of the walk H.E Ms. Cecilie Landsberk, the Ambassador of Royal Norwegian Embassy, Ms. Rhonda Gosssen Ehsan, Head of CIDA, Main Waheed-ud-Din, Member CDA, officers from NDMA, representatives of UNWOMEN, and Helpage.


    7th June 2012

    NDMA Islamabad signs MOU with United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UNWOMEN)

    Islamabad:

    The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan today signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with the “United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women” (UN-WOMEN) Pakistan, to form the "National Thematic Group on Gender Equality in Disaster Management” as part of the UN-Cluster system in Humanitarian Response during disaster. The MOU was signed by the Chairman NDMA Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qadir and Country Program Director of UNWOMEN, Ms. Alice Shakelford and NDMA in the Prime Minister’s Secretariat, Islamabad.

    The event was attended by foreign diplomats, representatives from government and international community. The objective of the MOU is to form the “National Thematic Group on Gender Equality” in Disaster Management at National Disaster Management Authority on permanent basis. This thematic group will provide support to NDMA at policy level for the implementation of gender mainstreaming in whole spectrum of disaster.

    Moreover, the Working Group will provide support to NDMA in coordination with all stakeholders, in policy formulation and implementation along with guidance and inputs for prevention, mitigation, preparedness, humanitarian response, rehabilitation and reconstruction relating to gender concerns and interventions. Providing guidance and inputs for Climate Change adaption and assistance in implementation of the policies at all levels are also some of the terms of reference under the MOU.

    Appraising the activities of the Gender & Child to the stakeholders the Head of GCC-NDMA through a presentation informed the house about the previous performance, ongoing activities and future Plan-of-Action. It was also added that GCC-NDMA in pursuance of its objectives to create awareness and sensitize organizations and community has arranged an Awareness Hiking/Walk from 17:30 hrs to 19:30 hrs tomorrow.


    25th May 2012

    Workshop on the Integrated National Social Protection Policy on Gender

    Karachi

    Minister for Rehabilitation and Disaster Haji Muzaffar Hussain Shujrah inaugurated a workshop on ‘Integrated National Social Protection Policy on Gender’ on May 25, 2012, organized by Provincial Disaster Management Authority Sindh (PDMA) in collaboration with National Disaster Management Authority at a local hotel in Karachi. The Chairman NDMA Dr. Zafar Qadir, Member NDMA, Mrs. Anjum Assad Amin, Director General, PDMA Mr. Danish Saeed and an array of participants from provincial government, INGOs, UN Agencies and Civil Society participated in the event. While presiding an interactive session for endorsement of outcomes of consultative workshops held earlier at Sindh, the Minister who is also the chairman of PDMA Sindh, announced establishment of Gender and Child Cell (GCC) at the PDMA Sindh. The UN Women and UNICEF representative took this opportunity to extend their technical support in the form of one human resource each for gender and child protection for PDMA Sindh.

    The Chairman NDMA Zafar Iqbal Qadir highlighted the purpose of the workshop and briefed the participants about the background of consultations being held during the past one year, to shape up the provincial consultations into integrated policy framework.

    Mrs. Anjum Assad Amin, Head of the GCC NDMA and Mr. Nadeem Ahmad Abro, Deputy Director NDMA presented the findings of the national and provincial consultations respectively.

    Earlier, Mr. Danish Saeed, Director General, PDMA Sindh, while welcoming the participants stated PDMA Sindh is committed to work on gender and child protection issues.


    18th December 2011

    Consultative workshop on (Prevention, Protection & Provision Framework for Action on Disaster Management) held in Hyderabad

    Indus Hotel, Hyderabad:

    Consultative workshop on (Prevention, Protection & Provision Framework for Action on Disaster Management), Disaster Management Response Plan 2010 was conducted by Gender and Child Cell (GCC) in collaboration with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh at Indus hotel, Hyderabad on Sunday, December 18, 2011.

    Main objects of workshop are;
      •  Prevention, Protection & Provision Framework for Action on Disaster Management
      •  Disaster Management Chapter to be included in educational curricula
      •  Child Protection Policy and SOPs for the Separated & Unaccompanied children
      •  To update National Disaster Management Response Plan 2010

    The workshop was the third in a row of which two were held in Karachi while the last one was held in Hyderabad on Sunday. It brought together high-ranking government personnel and local NGOs from development sector working at the grass root level to discuss strategies Actions addressing protection concerns also to chalk out plans for mitigation of future disasters and to discuss how best to continue relief and rehabilitation activities.

    Sunday's workshop focused on the development of the framework for action on 'Prevention, Protection & Provision during disaster situations, Gender related issues, Child Protection Policy and National Disaster Management Response Plan 2010' to ensure that the vulnerable groups, including women, senior citizens, the disabled and children, are provided the support and protection in case of future disasters.

    The Director General (DG) PDMA inaugurated proceedings, followed by Ms Nyghat Siddique, Advisor, Gender & Child Cell, NDMA, who gave a detailed and evocative presentation on the hardships faced by vulnerable groups, and also outlined the activities carried out by NDMA and its partner UN agencies to ensure their protection and participation in disaster risk mitigation. One of the suggestions was the inclusion of disaster management in the educational curriculum.

    Ms Shahnaz of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) introduced the "SOPs for Gender Based Issues", followed by Aftab Ahmed of the Society for Sustainable Development (SSD) shared his findings from the field in a session titled "Guidelines (SOPs) for Separated, Unaccompanied and Missing Children During Disaster".

    Save The Children's Muhammad Ali initiated the dialogue on "Child Protection Policy in Disaster", followed by NDMA's Col Raza Iqbal's presentation on "National Disaster Management Response Plan 2011".

    Each session was followed by a Q&A, with the facilitator engaging the participants and stakeholders, and soliciting inputs, recommendations and suggestions. Session with the first draft of the 'Child Protection Policy' document already prepared, the workshop served as the ideal platform to gain insights from those engaged in child protection, including personnel from the Gender and Child Cell - NDMA, representatives of the Save the Children, SSD and others.

    After lunch there was a group work on Prevention, Protection & Provision Framework for Action on Disaster Management and participants were divided into four groups. Topics related to Gender, People with old age, People with disabilities and Child Protection were given to each group and asked to give their recommendations.

    The chief guest, Sindh Minister for Culture, Ms. Sasui Palijo said that this department for Disaster Management, being in its initial stages, would welcome suggestions from those engaged in development work, while Advisor GCC - Nyghat Siddique concluded the session by giving note of thanks.


    17th December 2011

    Consultative Workshop on Protection, Prevention & Provision Framework for Action on Disaster Management

    Carlton Hotel DHA, Karachi:

    A consultative workshop on "Child Protection Policy & SOPs for Separated & Unaccompanied Children During Emergency" was organized by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in collaboration with the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Food Programme (WFP) at a Carlton Hotel on Saturday.

    The chief guest, Sindh Minister for Rehabilitation Muzzaffar Ali Shujra inaugurated the workshop and stated that his ministry, being in its nascent stage, would welcome suggestions from those engaged in early recovery and DRM in Sindh province.

    The workshop focused on two main issues one on Separated and Unaccompanied Children during the disaster and second was discussion National Disaster Response Plan of NDMA. It brought together high-ranking government personnel and those from the development sector to chalk out plans for mitigation of future disasters and also discuss how best to continue relief and rehabilitation activities. Saturday's workshop focused on the development of the framework for 'Child Protection Policy' to ensure that the vulnerable groups, including women men, elderly the disabled and children, are provided the support and protection in case of future disasters.

    DG PDMA Sindh started the proceedings, followed by Ms Nyghat Siddique, Advisor, Gender & Child Cell, NDMA, who gave a detailed and evocative presentation on the hardships faced by vulnerable groups, and also outlined the activities carried out by NDMA and its partner UN agencies to ensure their protection and participation in disaster risk mitigation. One of the suggestions was the inclusion of disaster management in the educational curricula.

    Ms Shahnaz of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) introduced the "SOPs for Gender Based Issues", followed by Aftab Ahmed of the Society for Sustainable Development (SSD) shared his findings from the field in a session titled "Guidelines (SOPs) for Separated, Unaccompanied and Missing Children During Disaster".

    Save The Children's Muhammad Ali initiated the dialogue on "Child Protection Policy in Disaster", followed by NDMA's Col Raza Iqbal's presentation on "National Disaster Management Response Plan 2011".

    Each session was followed by a Q n A, with the facilitator engaging the participants and stakeholders, and soliciting inputs and suggestions for improvement. With the first draft of the 'Child Protection Policy' document already prepared, the workshop served as the ideal platform to gain insights from those engaged in child protection, including personnel from the Child Protection Cell of the NDMA, representatives of the UNICEF, NRSP, SSD and others.

    Devanna De La Puente, the Child Protection Specialist with UNICEF, said that comparing the situation from last year showed how much progress has been made as the NDMA now has a dedicated team for its Child Support Cell and policy documents has been endorsed and gender now takes priority in the NDMA's agenda.

    At the end Chairman NDMA, Dr Zafar Iqbal Qadir concluded proceedings with another call for input for the finalization of the 'Child Protection Policy' document. He concluded the workshop with vote of thanks to all participants and highly appreciated the UNDP , WFP and UN WOMEN for joining hands with NDMA and PDMA for organizing the workshop.


    25th November 2011

    NDMA, Gender and Child Cell Organized Consultative Workshop

    Islamabad:

    A consultative Workshop was arranged by Gender and Child Cell of NDMA for NGOs and Government departments of AJ&K at Cabinet Hall Muzaffarabad. The Chairman NDMA, Dr Zafar Iqbal Qadir, Directors, Advisor GCC and other NDMA staff also attended this workshop. The main purpose of this consultative workshop was to build the capacity of NGOs and Government departments in Gender perspective & Policy on Protection, Prevention & Provision Framework on Disaster Management. Participants from more than 50 NGOs and line departments extended their effective inputs for integration in the said policy framework.


    24th November 2011

    NDMA, Gender and Child Cell Organized Consultative Session

    Islamabad:

    The Gender & Child Cell of NDMA, in consultation with UNICEF, NGOs & related government departments of AJ&K, organized a consultative session at Pearl Continental Hotel Muzaffarbad. The Chairman NDMA, Dr Zafar Iqbal Qadir, Ministers of AJK Government, Parliamentarians, NDMA Directors, Advisor Gender & Child Cell attended the Session. The purpose of this session was to build the capacities of all the stakeholders to holistically address the gender concerns & facilitate networking of these stakeholders and establish & reinforce synergies among the various players in the development sector and the government. The session also oriented all the partners about the role of curricula in emergencies in addressing violence and the prevention and protection policy framework developed by National Disaster Management Authority that includes gender concerns in emergency.


    24th November 2011

    NDMA, Gender and Child Cell Organized Consultative Session for Boys Scouts & Girls Guide

    Islamabad:

    A session was organized by Gender & Child Cell of NDMA for boys scouts & Girls guide of Muzaffarabad AJK at Pearl Continental Muzaffarabad. The Chairman NDMA, Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qadir & Advisor GCC were also presented on the occasion. The main objective of this session was the Revival of National Volunteer Movement.


    21st November 2011

    Gender Sensitization Session at NDMA

    Islamabad:

    A Gender Sensitization Session was arranged by Gender and Child Cell for all the staff members of NDMA at the lobby of Banquet Hall PM Secretariat Islamabad. Dr Zafar Iqbal Qadir, Chairman NDMA; Ahmed Kamal, Member DRR; Brig Sajid Naeem, Member (Ops) along with Directors, Deputy Directors and support staff together with representatives from all projects running under NDMA attended the session. The main purpose of the session was to sensitize NDMA staff regarding Gender perspective to Disaster Management.


    17th October 2011

    Consultative Session on Policy Dialogue on Gender in Humanitarian Response

    Islamabad:

    Special Advisor to Prime Minister on Social Sector Shahnaz Wazir Ali stressed on the need of UC and village level data for appropriate disaster management and smooth relief operations. She said that government institutions such as Federal Bureau of Statistics should take the lead in the process; however the NDMA should also play an active role in coordinating with government and non government organizations that have data available with them such as National Commission on Human Development, Benezir Income Support Program among others. She was speaking at a consultative session on Gender Policy for Disaster Management organized by Gender and Child Cell of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Monday in Karachi.

    Chairman NDMA Zafar Iqbal Qadir said that being part of this interactive dialogue was a learning experience for him. He said that NDMA is a regulatory institution at federal level and provides support to the relevant institutions and departments for disaster management and the physical implementation is the mandate of provincial level. He said that immediately after emergency was declared on October 12th, the NDMA officials reached in flood hit areas and started providing food and shelter; however distribution at the local level is the responsibility of district governments.

    Responding to a comment about engaging armed forces in the rescue and relief operation, chairman NDMA said that during the previous years armed forces were heavily engaged in rescue, relief and food distribution but this year the government decided to engage civil institutions and these institutions took a couple of days to move where as the Army and Navy sent their boats on a single phone call.

    He agreed to the comments made by one of the participants and said that so far disaster risk reduction side has been ignored as the disaster management authorities have been formed only three years ago and since then these institutes are continuously facing disasters and didn’t find enough time to work on the prevention. Secondly, preparedness is for the expected things but the disasters Pakistan has been facing during the past few years are unexpected and unpredicted. Never in the history of Sindh, it has received this magnitude of rain and the forecast only predicted medium to heavy rains. He added that developing countries have their own dilemma of resources constraints. Unfortunately, we have to limit ourselves to reactive mode due to resource constraints.

    Mr Qadir said that early warning system has to give additional attention to women and make structural changes in the policies so that women, who are the main mobilizing forces when it comes to evacuation, are better able to take decisions for themselves and their families. He noted that toilet facilities for women has been consistently raised in the consultative process and needs to given appropriate attention in relief and rehabilitation process. He said that all the newly constructed shelters will be allotted to women members of the household and he will recommend that ownership of livestock should also be given to women members.

    He appreciated Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum for their role in the relief operation and said that NDMA would like to coordinate with them to better utilize their 500 boats in rescue and relief. Responding to a query about government’s announcement of discouraging cash for choice, he said that “we don’t want our people to become habitual of asking for money”. Another concern is security risk associated with intentions of international organizations as Pakistan has experienced in the past, particularly in some areas of Punjab.

    He said that NDMA is working in vulnerability mapping of districts and relief coordination is part of that mapping process. He stressed on the need of promoting volunteerism in relief process and said that this year they didn’t seem to be as active as in previous years due to devolvement of ministry responsible for them. Single Reporting Framework (SRF) of all the disaster and post disaster activities has also been prepared so that a strong database is available showing all the activities of national and international NGOs. He said that the NDMA has requested to Prime Minister to give permission for a study of all the waterways in collaboration with WAPDA and Irrigation systems to help legislate regulation of waterways. Its high time that all the illegal occupations along the waterways should be demolished.

    Provincial Minister for Women Development, Sindh Tauqeer Fatima Bhutto thanked NDMA, Shahnaz Wazir Ali and other participants from government al and non-governmental organizations who came for the consultative session. She gave detailed information about Women Complex built in Shaheed Benazirabad that has day care centre, working women hostel, vocational training centre and complaint cell. She said that Provincial Women Development Department plans to open these complexes in all 23 districts. She also requested the NDMA chairman to propose increasing the women quota across the board from 10 percent to 20 percent and women representation in all the districts. She also requested the NGOs and media to portray a positive role of women. Ms Bhutto also thanked NDMA for its prompt response on Women Development Department’s request for rescue and relief in Sanghar.

    The meeting was also attended by Chairperson National Commission on the Status of Women Anis Haroon, Director Aurat Foundation Mehnaz Rehman, Dr Tabinda Sarosh from ShirkatGah, Dr Shahnaz Shalani from UNFPA, among other representatives of the government and non-governmental organizations.


    07th October 2011

    NDMA Promotes Gender Equality in its Ranks

    Islamabad:

    In order to integrate Gender Equality and build capacity of the NDMA to institutionally mainstream Gender Perspective in management of various phases of disaster management, the Gender Child Cell of the NDMA is preparing a draft Gender Equality in Disaster Management Policy for adoption by the Government of Pakistan. To incorporate views of all the stakeholders in the proposed policy document, NDMA has initiated a consultative process which will include discussions with an array of stakeholders including various civil society organizations, public sector organizations involved in disaster management and experts in the field. For initiating the consultative process, NDMA arranged an interactive dialogue. The inaugural session of the dialogue was held in NDMA headquarters in Prime Minister’s Secretariat, Chairman of Parliamentary Flood Relief Committee, Senator Nayyar Bukhari, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Shahnaz Wazir Ali &, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General on Disaster Risk Reduction Ms. Margareta Wahlstrom & the Chairman NDMA, Zafar Qadir attended the session.

    Addressing the meeting, Senator Nayyar Bukhari highlighted government’s resolve to mainstream women and child concerns in disaster management. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali, while addressing the meeting, gave Government’s vision on gendering policies to benefit women as much as men. She also highlighted special measures that should be focused while preparing gender policy in disaster management.

    Ms. Margareta Wahlstrom shared international best practices and experiences with the participants of the meeting. The Chairman NDMA, Dr. Zafar Qadir, also shared achievements of the NDMA in mainstreaming gender concerns within disaster management processes.


    29th and 30th September 2011

    NDMA & Save the Children finalize Child Protection policy for separated, unaccompanied & missing children in emergencies

    Islamabad:

    A two-day consultative workshop is being held in collaboration with the Gender and Child Cell (GCC) of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Save the Children. The participants of the workshop discussed the Child Protection policy drafted by GCC and Save the Children.

    NDMA Chairman, Mr. Zafar Iqbal Qadir while inaugurating the Work Shop said, “NDMA is committed on providing support to the GCC and is keen on developing a concrete mechanism for Child Protection in the aftermath of disasters. As NDMA is mandated with the management of pre- and post-disaster situations, there is a pertinent need to institutionalize Child Protection and ensure smooth service delivery.” The Chairman lauded the efforts of GCC, Save the Children and UNICEF in drafting the Child Protection Policy and standard operating procedures aimed at supporting separated, missing and unaccompanied children in emergencies.

    Save the Children Country Director, David Wright said, “The absence of a clearly defined child protection policy and mechanism was direly felt while responding to last year’s floods. This culminated in unnecessary delays in responding to children’s needs”.

    Over 10 million children were affected by the 2010 floods and a number of children were separated and unaccompanied. Save the Children and UNICEF, in collaboration with the NDMA, jointly devised a standardized policy for Child Protection and a reunification mechanism for separated children.

    UNICEF Deputy Country Director, Karen Allen said, “These guidelines should be disseminated at the provincial and district levels to make the policy operational. If implemented in its true essence, the policy can bring about positive change in the lives of millions of children in Pakistan”.

    The two-day consultative workshop will incorporate feedback on the draft Child Protection policy with officials of Provincial Disaster Management Authorities, Social Welfare Departments and humanitarian agencies. The workshop aims to reach a consensus on a Child Protection Policy for helping children in emergency situations.



EVENTS – FEBRUARY TO MARCH 2013

S.No

Event

Date

Venue

1 Provincial Coordination and Strategic Visioning Workshop 14-15 February 2013 E-220 NDMA
2 Gender Thematic Group (GTG)Meeting End February 2013 E-220 NDMA
3 Awareness Raising Walk 5th March 2013 Trail-6 Margalla Hills
4 Exhibition of handicrafts by women artisans of the affected regions 6th March, 2013 Islamabad Club
5 Provincial Consultations on the Social Protection Policy March, 2013 All provincial /regional capitals

For further details please contact at gcc@ndma.gov.pk

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