Do women really get affected differently in a disaster? People around the world are very different due to their culture and their ecosystem. Within that diversity, you find women are different as well, with different assets, and different possibilities. How women interact with their environment is somewhat dependent on where they are from, and what information and resources they have access to. Disasters affect women differently as well.
In this MYD Global episode we speak with Lorena Aguilar, Regional Coordinator International Cooperation and Research, FLACSO Secretaria General. As a global leader, Lorena is passionate about inclusion and sustainable development issues, with over three decades of experience integrating social and gender considerations across initiatives, providing strategic contributions to national and international policies, and generating knowledge. Until 2018, Lorena was Global Senior Gender Advisor and Global Director of the Governance and Rights Program of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). She was also Vice Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Costa Rica. With extensive experience leading inclusive collaboration with government counterparts, UN agencies, international organizations and civil society, she has led the development of numerous national policies, sustainable development conventions and relevant finance mechanisms to embrace and advance human and women’s rights. Lorena has field experience in more than 50 countries across Latin America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. As vice-minister she has participate in the development of the first Decarbonization Plan for the country and co-organized and lead the UNFCCC "unconventional 25 Pre-COP".
Lorena also defines and carries out Costa Rica's environmental diplomacy. She is responsible for creating and negotiating regional and international legal frameworks -such as the Escazú Agreement (the first binding regional agreement on the environment for the application of Principle 10 of the 1992 Rio Declaration), and by representing her country at some of the most influential alliances such as the NDC Partnership, the Climate Vulnerable Forum, and the Global Commission on Adaptation. She has been a pioneer in the creation of influential international gender networks such as the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders of the Environment and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA). Lorena has been a Board member of numerous reputable organizations including Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management(WOCAN), the 2006 Champion of the Earth laureate Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), and Momentum for Change under the United Nations Climate Change Convention. Lorena has also authored numerous publications on gender, sustainable development, disaster risk reduction, forests, water, health and environment, and is an engaging speaker at international conferences, congresses and other high-level events. In this episode we talk to Lorena about some of the gender challenges, and solutions women can bring to disaster risk reduction in their communities.
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