“Very often, and particularly in disaster situations, women are perceived as victims, [a] helpless, vulnerable lot. This is how media portrays women, as well as many in disaster management. On the contrary, we see women as a resource. They have great capacities and strengths to manage emergencies, to take care of and manage families in displaced situations and to contribute to the rebuilding of lives and livelihoods. This is a very important factor to consider in tsunami rebuilding.” —Madhavi Ariyabandu, Intermediate Technology Development Group

As the fourth pillar of Women, Peace and Security, gender mainstreaming is critical to the success of humanitarian responses. In light of World Tsunami Day, these tips on disaster management planning from the Canadian International Development Agency are a useful tool for humanitarians hoping to better incorporate gender mainstreaming into their response programming.

*To better understand the role of gender mainstreaming in the Women, Peace and Security agenda, check out our blog series, Back to Basics: The Women, Peace and Security Mandate Has Four Pillars.