The Philippines is exposed to a high risk of recurring disasters, so it is critical that communities are prepared for and supported to reduce risks associated with any future disasters. For women in the Philippines, this risk is compounded by the increase in violence against women during disasters and the low priority the government and other humanitarian actors place on women’s rights in emergencies.
Supported by the Australian Government’s Australian NGO Cooperation Program, ActionAid Australia and PKKK have collaborated since 2015 to work with over 6,000 people across three regions of the Philippines to build the resilience of the most vulnerable women and ensure that women’s rights are protected in emergencies. This support includes reducing the risk of violence against women in emergencies and ensuring communities are better prepared to respond to future disasters and place women’s needs and voices at the centre.
With ongoing support under ANCP, this project is now supporting PKKK to work with 30 women’s organisations through the Women in Emergency Network (WENet) to promote women’s rights and build their resilience to disasters and conflict through empowerment, solidarity, and local and national advocacy on women’s rights and resilience.
Through this project, the women’s organisations belonging to WENet will undertake training in women’s rights and protection, and will build their knowledge of preparedness plans and disaster risk reduction strategies. They are also being supported to hold national policy dialogues on prioritising and financing women’s rights and resilience in emergencies.