Disaster Management Standard Operating Procedures should become Standard Operating Accessible Procedures say members of the Shifting the Power Coalition in a training session that discussed how to ensure Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery takes into account the specific needs of women and girls with disabilities.
"Disability inclusion is both a process and an outcome" said Nelly Caleb
This starts with having disaggregated disability data in line with the Washington Principles as well as ensuring that access to information and communication systems are also addresses.
It also means ensuring safety and protection measures and messages are linked to the early warning stage of disaster preparedness particularly as early evacuation is vital, rather than being the last group to be evacuated.
The training is convened with support from the DFAT Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development programme is being led by the Shifting the Power Coalition (StPC) a network of 10 women-led organisations and networks working together across the Pacific region to reshape the humanitarian agenda by embedding feminist practice, women’s rights and leadership in humanitarian coordination efforts.