Disaster Profile - Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is an island situated south of India and separated from the Indian subcontinent by a trip of shallow water, the Palk Strait, which at its narrowest is about 40 km wide. Because of its shape and location it is called the teardrop of India. It has the Gulf of Manner to its west, the Indian Ocean to its south and the Bay of Bengal to its east.With a total land area of 65,525 square kilometers inhabited by 19.5 million people, the country is among the most densely populated in the world, ranking 19th in the order of high density.
Duryog Nivaran Network and Practical Action join hands with UNFPA to share experience and expertise on gender & disasters
Upon the request of UNFPA Practical Action and Duryog Nivaran Network joined to share knowledge and experience on gender and disaster management at the training programme Organized by UNFPA. The training workshop titled protectionneeds of women and girls during emergency situations was held at the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agricultural Research and Training Institute on 30th August 2012 for 40 women community leaders.
The aim of the workshop was to help participants understand the basic terms, concepts in Disaster management, vulnerabilities and capacities of men and women, steps and methodologies required for incorporating gender aspects into disaster management at village and community level. The resource persons Vajira Hettige, Project Manager - Disaster risk reduction from Practical Action and Dhanushi Senanayake a member of the Duryog Nivaran Network joined as resource persons for the training workshop. The participants got an opportunity to learn and understand Basic terms and concepts about Disaster, Hazard, Vulnerability, Capacity, and Disaster Management Cycle, gender aspects during preparedness, emergency response and rehabilitation efforts in the post disaster stage. Participants had an opportunity to engage in group work to understand instances of vulnerabilities and capacities of men and women at the preparedness stage, during a disaster and emergency response and in post disaster situations. Further participants also got an opportunity to express their opinion about gender aspects in relation to disasters situations, further analyze and learn. The video documentary Facing disasters making decisions too was well received by the participants for its learning value.