International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

The 42 Degrees Library is celebrating the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction this 13th of October. The day promotes a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction and celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters, whilst highlighting the importance of working to mitigate and prevent disaster risks. Yet as we know, disasters and disaster risks affect different communities unevenly, with some individuals impacted disproportionately to others. The team behind the 42 Degrees Library owe their existence to a sentence in the 2015 edition of the Disaster Risk Reduction Good Practice Review that states: “Disaster managers do not, at present, consider the needs and capacities of LGBT people in their disaster planning, or identify them as a specific audience for preparedness advice.” This sentence inspired our founders, Emily Dwyer and Lana Woolf, to start Edge Effect to ensure that the needs and capacities of diverse SOGIESC communities are considered. There is still a lot of work to do: DRR planning and response does not adequately include or address the needs of diverse SOGIESC communities and as a result, diverse SOGIESC communities continue to be invisible and ignored in DRR response. We are using the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction to raise awareness about the specific strengths, considerations, and experiences of diverse SOGIESC communities in disaster settings. We do this to empower humanitarian actors with the information you need to be more inclusive in your DRR practice. We ask you to join us in celebrating this day, and in amplifying the voices of diverse SOGIESC individuals in disasters and disaster risk settings so that they may be heard.

ACTIVIST INTERVIEWs

Not only the victims of disasters, but also victims of the system: Celebrating International Day for DRR with Rully Mallay

Rully Mallay (she/her) is a waria who has experience in environmental activism, disaster response, and other areas of diverse SOGIESC inclusion in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Rully became involved in the waria community when she gave up her comfortable life in the city to live and work alongside the waria to learn how best to challenge their marginalisation through activism. Following the 2004 Aceh tsunami, Rully became part of the disaster response team, a roll she continued after the...

What I want is simple and not extravagant: Celebrating Bi-Visibility Day with Riska

Riska (she/her), a bisexual transpuan (another word for waria, akin to transgender woman) works as a property agent on the famous island of Gods, Bali. Apart from a property agent, she is an activist focusing on HIV/AIDS issues...

Organising in the Face of Adversity: Interview with Real Life Hero Ajeng

One of our diverse SOGIESC #RealLifeHeroes is Ajeng Kartika, one of the founders of Esbisquet. Esbisquet, a collective of LBQ & Trans community at Palangkaraya (Central Borneo, Indonesia), was established in respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Esbisquet...

Who can fight our struggles except ourselves? Interview with Mami Lolita

Mami Lolita (she/her) is a member of the waria community in Papua, Indonesia. Mami Lolita spends her days at Jayapura, the capital of Papua. Apart from volleyball and activism, she is writing two books, an autobiography called...

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Contributors

Celebrating Intersex Awareness Day

This Think Piece by Lana Woolf highlights the importance of critical con...

Education for all: Exploring the imperative for in...

This Think Piece is by Edge Effect intern Anna Wiseman explores the nece...

It’s All About Governance: Making Disaster Risk ...

This Think Piece by Elena Robertson, written in honour of International ...

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Most Popular Resources

The Only Way Is Up: Monitoring and Encouraging Diverse SOGIESC Inclusion in the Humanitarian and DRR Sectors

There is clear evidence that people with diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Expressions, and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC – aka LGBTIQ+ people)...

No such thing as neutral: Understanding the implications of COVID-19 for communities with diverse SOGIE in the Global North

This Think Piece is by Kirsty McKellar, one of Edge Effect’s 2020 interns. Kirsty has recently completed her masters of Development Studies...

“Every Day I Live in Fear” – Violence and Discrimination Against LGBT People in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and Obstacles to Asylum in...

This 162-page report looks at the discrimination and violence experienced by LGBT people from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The report examines their experiences...

Developing Actionable Research Priorities for LGBTI Inclusion

This academic article highlights which areas of research should be prioritised to promote LGBTI inclusion. The article notes the distinct lack of data across...

LGBTI Migrants in Immigration Detention: A Global Perspective

This academic article examines the unique challenges faced by LGBTI migrants in detention centres across the globe. The article looks at international law in...

Practitioner Insight

Education for all: Exploring the imperative for inclusive WASH programming for diverse SOGIESC students and SDG 6

This Think Piece is by Anna Wiseman, one of Edge Effect's interns. Anna is completing the final weeks of her Bachelor of...

Beginner's Guide

We deserve human rights: Interview with Emma Yaaka

Emma Yaaka (he/him) is an LGBTIQ+ advocate who has worked to provide medical services and information to LGBTIQ+ refugees in Kenya and...