Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lt. Gen Omar Mahmood Hayat has said that sensitization of Humanitarian Worker on Gender Based Violence during emergencies is a major component of preparedness for disasters . He stated this while addressing the participant of a three days National Training Workshop on “Preparedness against Gender Based Violence in Emergencies”.
Lt. Gen Omar said that women were the 49% of the population in Pakistan and their participation in the development was mandatory for the progress of the country. Their interests must a safeguarded in all situations and they must be provided equal opportunities to participate the developmental activities, he said. He observed that such conducive working environment for women workers and their protection during emergencies can only be ensures by sensitizing humanitarian worker and general public at large on the subject.
While speaking at the occasion UNFPA Representative Ms. Anna said that Women’s socio-cultural positioning exposes them to greater risks of GBV during disasters and protracted emergencies. For the humanitarian community, the overarching challenge is to prevent GBV, while standing ready to respond effectively when it occurs, she said. She further urged that responders need to make themselves aware of possible risk factors and become sensitive to GBV across their prevention, preparedness, and response and recovery efforts.