Disaster Response Radio NGOCSW63

The sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will begin at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on March 11, 2019.

IAWRT is planning a parallel event called Community Media Models for Disaster Preparedness and Risk Management.

IAWRT will showcase its Disaster Response Radio project in the Philippines followed by a gender-based discussion and workshop on the important role of various community media in disaster recovery and preparedness. 


IAWRT will showcase its Disaster Response Radio followed by a gender-based discussion and a workshop on the important role of various community media in disaster recovery and preparedness. The NGO CSW Forum Parallel Event is on March 14 at 12:30pm at the Salvation Army 221 E 52nd Street New York, NY 10022.


It will discuss risk reduction, including pre-disaster communications for warnings, evacuations and preparedness and immediate post-disaster instructions for coping and avoiding further injury from damaged infrastructure, and and recovery, responding to critical community needs.

The session will be an interactive hands-on workshop with community media professionals and other stakeholders.


Link to CSW Priority Theme and the Review Theme


The CSW Priority theme is - Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. The Review theme for CSW 63 is - Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development (agreed conclusions of the sixtieth session).


The IAWRT initiative will highlight the role women play in preparing for any disaster; preparing for damages and loss, rebuilding and peace negotiations. More importantly, the event will show how critical the media is to sustainable development and gender equality.


The discussion/workshop is intended to create awareness of the important role and the effectiveness of community media as an empowering medium for saving lives, restoring individual dignity and community cohesion after a disaster.  It will act as a call for the strengthening of community media infrastructure. 


With government, NGO, and corporate media sector support that will allay the impact of environmental catastrophes on people’s lives in the future, strengthening community media as critical infrastructure for social development.


Case Study


IAWRT will showcase its Disaster Response Radio Project (DRRP), launched in the Philippines in November 2017. This project was created in response to the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Yolanda) in 2013 – the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded.


Despite well-developed media, many communities were cut off from any form of communications. Typhoon Haiyan not only cut off entire villages from the mainland, it also prevented emergency transportation while at the same time contaminating water resources and damaging water supply systems. 


A community radio handbook AMPLIFYING THE PEOPLE’S VOICES: The Philippine Community Radio Experience and Challenges was launched by IAWRT in Uganda in 2018. Click to download.


Panel discussants will include a diverse group of discussants including Jola Diones Mamangun, a project leader in DRRP, and other media professionals with expertise in this area.


Information for IAWRT delegates to CSW63 or NGO CSW63 is available in the member download section under International Board. registrations to the CSW have closed but you can register for the NGO CSW63 Forum and receive email updates: https://www.ngocsw.org/ngo-csw-forum/learn-ngo-csw-forum.