Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
SDG Goal 13
Indigenous communities around the world have been rallying around Goals 11 and 13, yet indigenous persons with disabilities are being left behind in these dialogues around disaster risk reduction. In our last newsletter, we highlighted the urgency of in
cluding persons with disabilities in these efforts. Here are two stories of why these efforts are also releva
nt for indigenous persons with disabilities.
Ipul Powaseu - an indigenous woman with disability from Papua New Guinea and member of a DRAF grantee organization - participated in th
Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh at the invi
ion of the
Women's Environment and Development Organizati
limate change impacts women and girls differently than me
n and boys; Ipul said, "A lot of times when there are discussions about gender, women with disabilities are left behind." During her statement at the closing of the conference, Ipul reminded delegates that, "We are not here to be
mainstreamed into a polluted stream. It is within your p
ower, all our power, to meet this crisis with the ambition and urgency it deserves. Let us work together."
Pratima Gurung, an indigenous woman with disab
ility and a
DRF Global Advisor
, has been a tireless campaigner at the global level and in her home country of Nepal on the rights of indigenous persons with disabilities. Pratima shares the challenges for rural indigenous persons with disabilities of the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Reducing disaster risks and fostering resilience are core aspects of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.