Gender-mainstreaming in Sustainable Development

WAPCCO recognizes the importance of gender-mainstreaming for sustainable development Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in achieving the three pillars based on environmental sustainability, economic sustainability, and social sustainability. Gender mainstreaming with regard to sustainable management of the environment and natural resources remains imperative as a basis for the achievement of Somalia’s Vision 2030 and compliance with Constitutional requirements. The Government of Somalia has therefore created opportunities for gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment in its development programs and plans.

Gender & Disaster Risk Reduction

Disasters have different and specific impacts on men, women, boys and girls. Gender and other inequalities result in differences in experiences, opportunities, responsibilities, assets, and impacts of disaster. Differences are notable, including in terms of sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender-based violence.

Gender roles and norms limit the capacities and resources of women, girls and gender-diverse people to respond with resilience for themselves and their families, while disruptions to services and the breakdown of protection mechanisms and the rule of law can affect these groups the most.

Women’s participation, leadership and knowledge are central to preventing, preparing for and recovering from disasters. But, women are not simply a resource for DRR efforts (human or economic); women are stakeholders, rights-holders, and decision-makers.

WAPCCO is Calling for :

WAPCCO notes the following gaps in gender-mainstreaming:

  • Weak and Limited Institutional and Human Resource Capacities for gender mainstreaming
  • Knowledge gap on linking the environment, gender equality and sustainable development, and gender mainstreaming in natural resources management and poverty reduction programmes
  • Limited/Insufficient gender responsive and gender disaggregated data and effective use of what is available.
  • Limited and infective partnerships and coordination for gender mainstreaming in development sectors in the public, private and CSOs
  • Limited financial resources for gender mainstreaming in the management of environment and natural resources