(from their official web site – http://6thamcdrr-thailand.net/6thamcdrr)
We, Ramona, Mathi, Actuyut and Vishaka are at the Centara Grand convention centre here in Bangkok since last evening. Despite the political situation in Thailand it looks like the 6AMCDRR (6th Asian Ministerial Conference on DRR) scheduled to start tomorrow is going to be a successful event with good participation. Duryog Nivaran, currently chaired by Practical Action, is the lead organisation of the Asia Pacific stakeholder group (SHG) on Gender and Women’s issues in DRR. The pre conference meeting we organized this morning was well attended by individuals representing diverse groups who gave inputs to final drafts of the documents that we have the responsibility to analyse from a gender and women’s perspective and provide feedback to the governments and UNISDR. Based on these discussions we used the 5 min slot we got at the preconference plenary chaired by Margareta Waltstrom, to highlight continuing gaps in DRR discourse such as low capacity of officials at all levels to address gender issues, issues of women and gender and need for considering these as private sector plans to become an active stakeholder in DRR and media’s role in empowering women for DRR.