The times where women were perceived as the weak and inferior gender are finally behind us! Nowadays, women play a critical role in society and development, especially in communities and key cities which are vulnerable to the effects of climate change. They are the primary collectors, transporters, users, and managers of domestic water and promoters of home and community-based sanitation activities. Women also play a significant part in waste disposal and environmental management. As women bear a primary responsibility in household chores, new or improved housing designs, including lighting and ventilation, should reflect their needs.
One of the countries in quick need of women power is Philippines, a country where almost 50% of the total population are women. Philippines is still reeling from the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated Eastern Visayas in 2013 by leaving 1.9 million people homeless and displacing 6 million others. As a consequence of this natural catastrophe, Philippines and its neighbours have kept on emphasizing the importance of capacity building activities to equip and prepare them for these and other similar disasters that can and may well hit them in the next few years in the region.
In the Southeast Asian context, the Philippines has been well advanced compared to its neighbours in matters of women empowerment and involvement in issues surrounding their homes and communities. The women-led resettlement processes in Visayas region are considered the best practice models which other Southeast Asian cities can learn from. This is why IHS is organizing a refresher course on ‘The role of women’s organizations in climate change induced resettlement’ in Manila, Philippines, between the 5th and 16th September, 2016. The theme is relevant to urban professionals/alumni in the Southeast Asian region and the course itself will be a good opportunity for them to continue their education and learning. Moreover, they will be able to build their capacity and knowledge to address current issues as well as anticipate and plan for future urban problems. We are confident that the expertise and knowledge offered in this course will greatly benefit urban professionals in the Southeast Asian region.
So, IHS invites the NFP alumni and their colleagues to apply for this course, which will include site visits, interviews and case study presentations. This combination of activities will ensure that participants will learn practical solutions to disaster-induced resettlements. Female participation is strongly encouraged! As Kofi Annan said, ‘There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women’. To find out more about the application procedure and requirements, have a look at the following link
We look forward to receiving your applications!
About the author:
Eni Bejko is a Marketing and Communications Intern at IHS, who is passionate about urban development. She has graduated in Economics from Bristol University (UK) and is currently following a masters at Erasmus University. She is currently working with Alumni Relations and hopes to contribute to reinforcing the impact of IHS on urban development, as well as the links of IHS with its alumni and partners.