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She leads in crisis: women leading in emergencies

Presentation Description

The panel convenes local Pacific voices, to discuss their experiences about gender in emergencies and promoting the role of women responding to disasters. CAREs experience in humanitarian activities has demonstrated the essential role of womens leadership in DRR for reducing the disproportionate death and injury caused to women and children in emergencies and their aftermath. This panel provides a platform for the voices and perspectives of women from three different Pacific nations to talk about their own experiences in disasters, what they have done in their own communities and what their visions are for their people, women and girls. After a short introduction by Peter to set the context, all three panellists will present a case study of their own work. The case studies will be followed by a discussion of the common themes and differences, relevant to local contexts.

Peter Walton, CEO, CARE Australia. Peter has over twenty eight years of international experience seeking better outcomes in both international development and humanitarian activities. He is a strong advocate for humanitarian reform and localisation.

Vanessa Heleta, founder, Talitha project, Tonga. Vanessa has significant experience in changing social norms for women and girls in Tonga.

Elmah Panisi, Live & Learn, Solomon Islands. Elmahwill speak on the importance of DRR and women's inclusion in an urban setting, reflecting on the 2019 Honiara floods and other previous disasters.

Julia Marango, CARE Vanuatu Resilience Manager. Julia has responded to many disasters and was the Acting Response Manager during Tropical Cyclone Harold.

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