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May 26, 2016

JICA's GESI Perspective in Disaster Risk Reduction

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) together with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare organized a seminar on "Thinking together: Way forward to integrate GESI perspectives in DRR –Experience from Nepal and Japan-" on 26th May, 2016 at Hotel Yak and Yeti.

The objective of the seminar is to share the lessons gained from the earthquakes in Nepal and Japan with the focus on gender and social inclusion (GESI) perspective in disaster risk reduction (DRR). The government and civil societies of both Nepal and Japan shared their experiences and discuss about the measures to promote GESI and their leadership in the DRR and ways how to cooperate among the related institutions. The outcome of the seminar will be reflected to Gorkha district and Sindhupalchowk district, the targets of JICA's reconstruction projects.

In the program, Mr. Chandra Prakash Mainali, Honorable Deputy Prime Minister; Minister of MoWCSW stressed on the necessity of giving priority to women in the reconstruction and mentioned that as Japan has more experience in disaster management, Nepal can learn integrating GESI perspective from Japanese experience. Mr. Jun Sakuma, Chief Representative, JICA Nepal ensured JICA's continuous assistance for the recovery and reconstruction.

In the presentation session, Mr. Kishore Thapa, Former Secretary of Nepal Government and Member of Steering Committee, National Reconstruction Authority, Mr. Rameshor Dangal, Joint Secretary, Ms. Radhika Aryal Lamicchane, Joint Secretary, MoWCSW, Mr. Arun Dhoj Adhikary, Participant of JICA Invitation Program and Dr. Renu Rajbhandari, Founder Chairperson, Women's Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC) presented their experiences from Nepali side. Ms. Manosh Ghale, community women leader from Barpak VDC, Gorkha District also shared her story during and after the disaster.

From Japanese side, Mr. Kunihiko Saito, Senior Management Director, Sendai Equal Opportunity Foundation, Ms. Megumi Ishimoto, Founder and Executive Director, Women's Eye presented their experiences about how they integrated GESI perspective in DRR after the Great East Japan Earthquake that attacked in 2011. Panel discussion was also conducted on "Gender in DRR: issues and challenges from grassroots to policy". lead by Dr. Bimala Rai Paudyal, JICA GESI expert / former member of NPC and Dr. Yumiko Tanaka, JICA Senior Advisor on Gender and Development.

A total of 150 participants from government, development partners and I/NGOs participated in this Seminar and exchanged their views.

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