The key purpose of the Gender Working Group is to provide a mechanism by which regional gender experts can support CDM implementation.

The CDM CHC Gender Working Group is intended to be a pool of expertise from across the Caribbean region whose role is to provide policy and technical guidance on and promote the mainstreaming of gender considerations in disaster risk management initiatives conducted by CDM Stakeholders.

The specific roles and responsibilities of the gender working group;

  • To be a regional think tank on mainstreaming gender in disaster risk management (DRM)
  • Provide policy guidance to the CDM CHC on gender mainstreaming
  • Identify regional targets for mainstreaming gender in DRM
  • Provide technical guidance and support to monitoring, evaluation and reporting systems related to gender mainstreaming in DRM
  • Advocate and support the mainstreaming of gender within sector, national and regional disaster risk management initiatives
  • Promote and support gender studies and research in DRR in the region
  • Report at the CDM CHC meetings, progress on gender mainstreaming in CDM

Representatives from the following agencies will comprise the core membership of the Gender Working Group:

  1. Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
  2. UN Women
  3. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  4. United National Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN ECLAC)
  5. Centre for Gender and Development Studies, University of West Indies (UWI)
  6. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  7. La Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO)
  8. National Level Representation (TBD)
  9. Red Cross
  10. Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO)
  11. Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) – to be confirmed
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