Disaster Risk Reduction/Response (DRR) is becoming increasingly important in for humanitarian and development practitioners. Environmental disasters are increasing in frequency and severity as a result of climate change: this is a critical issue for all people, especially those living in low-lying environments such as the Pacific. As disasters become more frequent and wreak more havoc on our societies, it is important that DRR planners and responders are able to reach the most marginalised populations.
People with diverse SOGIE are often among the most marginalised in a society: pre-emergency marginalisation, such as lack of access to adequate housing, dignified work, ostracization from family and faith communities, decreases the resilience of diverse SOGIESC people in disasters and increases the likelihood of suffering. People with diverse SOGIESC are often excluded from DRR planning and response because they have reduced access to decision-making spaces, power and authority. Further, a significant lack of evidence around the needs, concerns, and experiences of people and communities with diverse SOGIE perpetuates the invisibility and exclusion of these groups in disaster planning and response.
The resources available in the DRR category cover an array of topics, including: post-disaster relocation and negative economic impacts for third-gender communities; the impacts of relief worker biases on inclusion and access to humanitarian services; the resilience of diverse SOGIE communities in the face of disasters; and the experiences of people with diverse SOGIE following disasters. Some of the resources available in this section contain descriptions of GBV and GBV-supportive attitudes.
These resources have been compiled to enable humanitarian practitioners to better understand the consequences of on-going exclusion of diverse SOGIE people from DRR planning as well as the ways in which to meaningfully include—and learn from—people and communities with diverse SOGIE.