Towards disaster resilient and flexible communities
In cooperation with the Huairou Commission, the International Grassroots Women’s Academy in Tohoku will take place in Minamisanriku Town in Miyagi prefecture for 2 days as a two-day pre-event for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which will be held in March 2015, at Sendai in Miyagi prefecture.
In order to create more disaster-resilient and flexible community structures, the Academy brings together women engaged in post-disaster reconstruction and disaster-prevention activities to share their experiences and expertise, as well as develop proposals for future action in line with the post-Hyogo Framework for Action.
The event focuses on the next generation of young women leaders, with 30 oversea participants from Asia, Africa, and South America supported by the Huairou Commission, and 40 domestic participants from the 3 prefectures affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
For community leaders from overseas, it will provide the opportunity to visit disaster-afflicted coastal areas and learn from their experiences; for young female leaders in these areas, it offers both a global perspective and the chance to acquire leadership skills relevant to ongoing reconstruction and recovery efforts.
At the end of the final day, an Open Forum will be held with residents of the town. During this forum, we will present the results of the Academy, after which a session will be held called ‘I Commit’, in which all participants are invited to make a written declaration of their commitment to protecting their families, their communities, and themselves. Through both the Academy and the Open Forum, we aim for many people to become engines of post-disaster recovery along the Tohoku coast.