United Nations Public Service Award Winners








Initiative: Women Empowerment in Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP) 


Institution: Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief


Problem: By 2006, women’s ratio to men who participated in the Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP) was 1:3 and women received little to no early warning alerts of cyclone disasters compared to men. In disastrous situations, including natural disasters, women are more vulnerable to gender-based and sexual violence.


Solution: The ministry of disaster management and relief recruited and trained female volunteers to empower women and increase their participation to a 1:1 female-to-male ratio. Policy gaps were identified to minimize missed opportunities in engaging women and providing safety mechanisms so that women are protected when they engage with volunteers in shelters.


Impact: The engagement of women volunteers in the Women Empowerment in CPP has greatly contributed to a significant reduction of casualties of women and children in cyclone disasters.



Category 3:

Promoting integrated mechanisms for sustainable development


Related SDGs: 










Asia and Pacific Group


More information: 

Women Empowerment in cyclone preparedness programme
Website: http://www.cpp.gov.bd/

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