The Gender and Child Cell, PDMA Punjab has been functional since end 2011 and was formally notified in March 2012. The GCC aims to ensure that the needs of the most marginalised and vulnerable segments of disaster affected populations are prioritized and integrated into disaster relief and response measures. At present, the GCC is composed of two teams working on
a. Child Protection during Disasters
b. Gender Mainstreaming in Disaster Management and Response.
Child Protection during Disasters (CPD)
The Child Protection during Disasters program of PDMA Punjab has been functional since 2011 in collaboration with UNICEF and seeks to ensure that child protection concerns are mainstreamed across disaster management and response. In this regard, PDMA Punjab has compiled standard operating procedures (SOPs) on child protection during disasters and has been working to strengthen mechanisms for the implementation of these SOPs. A CPD Management and Information system is also being developed to enhance data collection and service delivery in this area. The CPD Program also focuses on building capacities of various stakeholders to raise awareness on CPD issues and advocate for child friendly disaster relief and response.
Gender Mainstreaming in Disaster Management and Response
The Gender Mainstreaming initiative of PDMA Punjab is supported by UN Women and aims to ensure that disaster response and rehabilitation is gender sensitive and inclusive of vulnerable groups. The project is three pronged focusing on 1, Strategic Planning 2, Capacity Building and 3, Gender Disaggregated Management and Information Systems GD MIS).
Under this project, PDMA Punjab and UN Women are conducting workshops on Gender Mainstreaming in humanitarian assistance to raise awareness on problems faced by women in particular in post disaster scenarios and viable strategies to counter these issues. The Gender Disaggregated MIS is a unique initiative of PDMA Punjab focusing on providing gender disaggregated statistics to policy makers to ensure gender sensitive relief efforts.