Natural disasters and climate change are increasingly impacting the lives and livelihoods of people in Cambodia, and it is vital that communities are prepared for disasters and climate crises. But due to structural and gender inequalities in Cambodia, women and other marginalised people are often excluded from the decision-making and leadership processes that go into preparing a community for climate crises. This means women’s needs and voices are not included in the processes and planning that could significantly affect them in a disaster.
By supporting women to increase their capacity and knowledge to prepare for and respond to gender-related risks of climate change and related crises; and empowering them to take collective action to influence and engage in policy, planning, and decision-making, we are helping to put those most affected by climate change front and centre of the movement for climate justice.
ActionAid focussed on working with local women, as well as women leaders of local Disaster Management Committees, to strengthen their engagement in disaster risk reduction and policy development. Women were trained on leadership, feminist values, and advocacy to enable them to gain the confidence needed to drive leadership in building community resilience to climate change-related crisis.