Women’s Day celebration highlights disaster risk reduction and climate change

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Womens Day celebration highlights disaster risk reduction and climate change

In response to the Gender Awareness and Development (GAD) program of the national government, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) celebrated women’s month with the theme “Women weathering climate change: Governance and accountability, everyone’s responsibility” on 19 March 2012 at the DOST compound, Bicutan, Taguig City.

The event aimed to build a gender-responsive community for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation, generate commitment and encourage individual particularly women to participate in government programs geared toward disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation measures.

Among the activities highlighted during the event include, aerobic concert, blood pressure monitoring and bone density assessment designed to promote healthy living to all DOST employees.

The womens day celebration highlights seedling production or transferring of seedlings into individual plastic bags as support to the National Greening Program (NGP) of the government to promote environmental stability, biodiversity conservation, and enhance climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Most importantly, a forum was also conducted highlighting the role of women, their indigenous knowledge and experiences as an important asset to disaster preparedness, risk reduction, and climate change adaptation strategies.

Women’s month celebration is supported by proclamation number 224, 227 and 744.

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