Biological Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction: Gender Implications

About this video

Prof Shaw explains the work of the Sandai Framework which prioritises national health systems but lately expanded to add to the biological hazards the scope of other types of hazards, e.g. technological, and their cascading effects, to improve emergency and disaster risk management. COVID-19 represents an emerging disease and an emergency. It is important to learn from past disasters what are the sectors most affected how to communicate risk, and measure gender impact. Current indications from COVID-19 include decline in women’s empowerment, exclusion women from leadership, interruptions to women’s health care, broken supply and value chains in which women participate, what actions can ensure gender equality.

About the presenter

Rajib Shaw

Professor in the Graduate School of Media and Governance in Keio University, Japan


Rajib Shaw is a professor in the Graduate School of Media and Governance in Keio University, Japan. He is also the Senior Fellow of Institute of Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Japan, and the Chairperson of SEEDS Asia and CWS Japan, two Japanese NGOs. He is also co-founder of a Delhi (India) based social entrepreneur startup Resilience Innovation Knowledge Academy (RIKA). Earlier, he was the Executive Director of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) and was a Professor in Kyoto University. His expertise includes disaster governance, community-based disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, urban risk management, and disaster and environmental education. Professor Shaw was the Chair of the United Nations Science Technology Advisory Group (STAG) for disaster risk reduction; and also the Co-chair of the Asia Science Technology Academic Advisory Group (ASTAAG). He is also the CLA (Coordinating Lead Author) for Asia chapter of IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report.  He is the editor-in-chief of the Elsevier’s journal “Progress in Disaster Science”, and series editor of a Springer book series on disaster risk reduction. Prof. Shaw has published more than 45 books and over 300 academic papers and book chapters.