AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


Inclusive & Gender-Sensitive Approach to School-Centered Disaster-Risk Reduction

By Plan International


Online and Singapore

Date & time

14 April 2021



14 April 2021


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As the frequency and intensity of natural hazards rise, children are becoming more vulnerable to disasters. At least 875 million school children live in high seismic-risk zones, and hundreds of millions more face regular floods, landslides, extreme winds and fire hazards.

These children also spend almost 50% of their time in school facilities that are often not disaster-resilient. They face great disruptions to education access, as it is one of the first activities to be abandoned when disasters occur.  Women and girls are disproportionately affected by natural hazard induced disasters. Nonetheless, education is key to unlocking girls’ potential, and is one of the most effective interventions for achieving development goals.

The need to incorporate an inclusive lens in disaster-risk reduction programmes has been increasingly articulated in regional declarations and action plans. Cities like New Delhi and Ulaanbaatar have called for meaningful participation and leadership from women, migrants, children and youth, people with disabilities, and more.

Join us in this webinar series to:

  • Promote and facilitate the exchange of good gender and inclusion practices;
  • Learn how an inclusive, gender-sensitive approach can be integrated into school-centered disaster risk reduction plans;
  • Understand the implications of building community resilience
Sharon Kane
Country Director,
(Interim) Director of Gender Transformation, Policy and Practice
Plan International Vietnam
Prior to joining Plan, Sharon has worked in both the development and humanitarian settings, including 8 years in Afghanistan and Pakistan implementing maternal, child health, nutrition programs and child protection programs. From 2009 – 2012 Sharon worked for the International Red Cross movement, leading the Final Evaluation of the 2005 Tsunami Response in Thailand and being a member of the Red Cross Emergency Response team where she deployed to a number of humanitarian emergencies, such as in Haiti, Libya, and Pakistan. In 2012, Sharon took on a senior leadership role in Laos, as Director of Program Quality for World Vision. Sharon is from Melbourne, Australia. She holds Post Graduate degrees in Health Promotion and in Evaluation, and a Masters of Public Health.
Badrun Nahar
Disaster Risk Management Specialist
Plan International Bangladesh
Badrun is a humanitarian professional with extensive experience on programme management and implementation of emergency response, including child protection, gender & adolescent, education, cash-based programme and food security and livelihoods. In addition, she has experience in school disaster risk reduction (DRR), and climate change, and has managed comprehensive school safety and recovery programmes, with a particular focus on community-based child protection, GBV, SRHR, MHM and women empowerment.
Melina Margaretha
Country Director
ASB in Indonesia and the PhilippinesMelina is a professional development worker with particular expertise in risk management and communication, social inclusion, and community empowerment. Skills include development of capacity building and partnership strategy, and government and community engagement. Currently leading Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB) Office for Indonesia and the Philippines as Country Director to implement the office’s mission “working for a community that is inclusive, empowered and resilient”.
Dr. Avianto Amri
PREDIKT Tangguh Bencana Indonesia
Dr. Amri is an expert on humanitarian response and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), particularly with at-risk groups such as children and women. He has a PhD from Macquarie University in Australia focusing on enabling child-centered household preparedness using innnovative education materials and gamification. He is the co-founder of PREDIKT and has received multiple awards in developing innovative education materials for disaster preparedness. He has an extensive experience in many countries across Asia, a board member of the Indonesian Disaster Management Society (MPBI), and providing regular technical support as consultants for IFRC, UNICEF, UNDP, WFP, IOM, UN OCHA, AHA Centre, Plan International, World Vision, Save the Children, and Oxfam. Dr. Amri also initiated the ASEAN Safe Schools Initiatve and has supported programs in many countries in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific.


Not to be Missed – 25 March 2021

– First Webinar of the Series –

School-Centered Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Japan

Thursday, 25 March
14.30 – 16.00 (GMT +7)

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