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.