Webinar series : Human Rights-based approach in Disaster Management: A Latin American Experience with Prof. Miriam Estrada Castillo

[fisip.unsoed.ac.id Sabtu, 16/05/2020] Soedirman Center for Global Studies, Universitas Jenderal Soedirman and Department of International Relations, Universitas Islam Negeri Alauddin Makassar hold a public discussion and invite Prof. Dr. Miriam Estrada-Castillo to share her expertise in human rights issues, with particular focus on the experiences in Latin American region. Prof. Dr. Miriam Estrada-Castillo is a former Minister of Social Welfare of Ecuador. She is also a Gender and International Human Rights Expert. The discussion took place on 15th May 2020 at 10.00 AM (Indonesia).

In #3 webinar series, the topic of the discussion is Human Rights-based approach in Disaster Management.  Disaster management itself is central to a nation-state’s resilience from the possible impacts of disaster events. The task is how to minimize the risk of impacts and by enhancing the state and the people’s capacity to bounce back. With a well-established disaster management, states can prepare the relevant actors to act in normal as well as emergency situations. In the wake of climate change and deep interconnectedness among nations, disaster management is now facing not only natural disasters but also environmental disasters as well as pandemic.

In general, disaster management works in phases; mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. While mainly focusing on the characters of disaster risks in every area and the technology as well as infrastructure that must be developed for risk reduction and effective responses, a human rights approach is required as a framework for these activities. Human rights-based approach aims to ensure that in dealing with disaster and emergency situations, the rights, dignity and freedom of the population remain protected. With the probable collapse of economy and changes in infrastructures, it is important that no human being is left without access to shelter and food and other basic rights. By human beings, we refer to not only citizens, but also the non-citizens, i.e. migrant workers and refugees, or other stateless people. During a discussion, the participants were very enthusiastic.

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