Adoption of the Resolution Submitted by Japan ("Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in Natural Disasters") at the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

March 10, 2012
Japanese

  1. On March 9 (local time), the final day of the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which has been held in New York since February 27, the resolution submitted by Japan, "Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in Natural Disasters" was adopted by the consensus of member states.

  2. This is a new resolution that Japan proposed, one year after the Great East Japan Earthquake, with a view to sharing Japan's experiences and lessons learned from the disaster with other states to deepen the international community's understanding on various issues concerning natural disaster and gender, as well as to promote more gender-sensitive disaster risk management.

  3. The resolution promotes women's participation in all phases of disaster risk reduction, response and recovery and also calls for specific attention to be paid to women's needs. It also points out the importance of providing support for employment opportunities for women in the recovery stage as well as building an inclusive society supported by a social bond among people.
    • (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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