A new focus: Preparing Denotified and Nomadic Tribes in India for disaster risk
The RISK Award 2015 has a new focus. Our partners from AIILSG now include one of the most vulnerable populations: Nomadic tribes in India.
The most vulnerable – The most at risk?
Especially women and young girls are at risk. Their vulnerability is exacerbated by the patriarchic structures characterizing these population groups. Women have to face many atrocities including domestic violence and exploitation – child marriage is very common.
India hosts around 650 types of nomadic tribes accounting for an estimated total of 110 million people. To illustrate this: If DNTs represented the total population of a country, it would be the 12th biggest state worldwide! Still, so far DNTs have not been considered in capacity building efforts to reduce disaster risk.
AIILSG embarks on a mission: Preparing DNTs for disaster
In December 2016 a Capacity Building Program for DNTs, with a special focus on women, was held in Ahmednagar, a town located 120km from Pune. The community members were familiarized with the risks posed by natural hazards through a street play, performed by DNT women. To solidify the newly acquired knowledge some technical sessions were held and then put to the test in mock drills.
But that is not all. In the long term the team’s goal is to reach as many DNTs as possible – first throughout the whole of India - and hopefully even beyond.
20 April 2017