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Women are key in tackling disaster: UN officials


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) administrator Helen Clark of New Zealand delivers a speech during the "Institutionalization of Women's Leadership in Disaster Risk Reduction" meeting on the sidelines of the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai on March 15, 2015. - AFP

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) administrator Helen Clark of New Zealand delivers a speech during the "Institutionalization of Women's Leadership in Disaster Risk Reduction" meeting on the sidelines of the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai on March 15, 2015. - AFP

SENDAI, Japan, March 16, 2015 (AFP) - Women are far more exposed to disasters than men given their frontline roles in the home and in healthcare, the UN says, arguing that improving gender equality is key to saving lives.

Globally, women and children are up to 14 times more likely than men to die in a disaster, according to UN Population Fund account executive Lamar Dawson.

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