In many situations during disaster, girls’ voices are not heard because they are not encouraged, or sometimes not allowed, to participate in discussions even about issues which affect them. Our research this year found that often disaster prevention and response committees are run by men, and women, especially girls, are often excluded. If girls are not present and unable to voice their concerns about their safety, or education or health needs, then how will those in positions of authority be able to respond? It is vital that girls’ needs are communicated and brought to the attention of those who can help make their lives safer, healthier and their futures brighter.
GIRLS’ PARTICIPATION AND DISASTERS