Building Gender into the Pillars of an Effective Early Warning System
CREWS projects strive to be gender responsive, and consider the following questions related to the four pillars of an effective early warning system:
- Disaster risk knowledge: Who is most at risk? How do gender-differentiated roles, vulnerabilities and social norms determine behaviour and vulnerability?
- Monitoring and warning service: Who has access to the information needed to generate early warnings? Do women, men and children interact with their world differently – can this influence their access to different types of information that serves monitoring and warning services?
- Dissemination of meaningful warnings to those at risk: How and to which population groups early warnings are issued? Do women, men and children access, process, interpret and respond to information in different ways? Are different socio-cultural groups connected to different social networks and do they have different communication strategies?
- Preparedness and response capability: How can different groups contribute most effectively in the response and recovery from disasters? Is the whole population presented when collecting information during needs assessments, or only the heads of households? How does this influence on whose needs are being responded to?
gender action across the caribbean
In 2019, CREWS Caribbean supported four consultation workshops on gender and vulnerable groups in early warning systems across the region, with the technical support of UNDRR in: St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, and St Maarten.
Participants included: national emergency management offices, national hydromet offices, national gender bureaux, sectorial ministries, and non-governmental groups including women organizations.