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...

Understand the discrimination we face: Celebrating Intersex Awareness Day with Small Luk

Small Luk (she/her) is an intersex activist who founded the organisation Beyond Boundaries – Knowing and Concerns Intersex in Hong Kong.  Small has completed her education, earning degrees in social work, and traditional Chinese medicine, as well...

Not being ‘you’ is just a mask: Celebrating Trans Visibility Week with Mitch

Mitch Yusof (he/him) has over 29 years experience in HIV prevention, care & support with trans communities. In 2014, he co-founded SEED FOUNDATION, the first trans-led community based non-profit organization in Malaysia. Working closely with the transgender...

To Live Free: Interview with Real Life Hero Beth Delaibatiki

One of our diverse SOGIESC #RealLifeHeroes is Beth Delaibatiki (Illi). Illi is an activist with Rainbow Pride Foundation (Fiji) and a member of Edge Effect's Regional Advisory Group. Illi specialises in research, and was one of the...

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Sexual and gender minorities in disaster

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Aravanis: voiceless victims of the tsunami

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Gender identity and disaster response in Nepal

Good Practice Review 9: Disaster Risk Reduction

Beyond Binary: (Re)Defining “Gender” for 21st Centu...

Psychological Resilience and Flooding: The Case of Teen...

More than Women and Men: A Framework for Gender and Int...

Protecting People in Locally Led Disaster Response

Fiji Shelter Handbook: Inclusive and Accessible Shelter...

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Key to build...

Gendering the MDGs Beyond 2015: Understanding Needs and...

Localisation: Opportunities and challenges for protecti...

The Impact of the Earthquake, and Relief and Recovery P...

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

We Don’t Do A Lot For Them Specifically: improving diverse SOGIESC inclusion in cash transfer and social protection programs, during the COVID-19 crisis and...

Many people with diverse SOGIESC had pressing social protection needs prior to the COVID-19 crisis, borne of multi-layered discrimination and systemic marginalization...

Intersecting Exclusions: Displacement and gender-based violence among people with diverse sexualities and gender identities in Kenya

While many gaps remain, a small but growing body of literature has expanded to address the particular experiences of gender-based violence (GBV)...

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...

Practitioner Insight

Why Diverse SOGIESC Inclusion Matters

Why should people with diverse SOGIESC be part of inclusion efforts in humanitarian (and development) sector programs? A better question is: why...

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...