Ms. Lorna Victoria is one of the 15 finalists for the 2022 Women’s International Network for Disaster Risk Reduction Excellence Leadership Award, proudly sponsored by SM Prime. From the 420 nominations received from 24 countries across the Asia Pacific, the stories reflect the diversity of solutions required to meet the converging challenges of accelerating climate change and disasters in the region.
Lorna Victoria - Philippines
“With more women taking active roles in DRR, including in decision-making and leadership, there is more life, colour, even flavour in community based disaster risk management (CBDRM),” says Lorna Victoria. “Women contribute a different lens and perspective; joy and passion radiating, across the many efforts and initiatives by local leaders and women working on the ground.”
Lorna has advanced the cause of CBDRM in the Philippines through her initiatives in capacity building of communities and local governments. She is a connector of communities, civil society organisations and government. Her work laid the ground for the recognition of the importance of community participation and empowerment towards disaster risk reduction from the community to the national to regional and global level.
“Women leaders as responsible actors in their communities can help uplift the voices of the impacted people and provide moral and emotional support,” Lorna says. “Their expertise and capability need to be recognized in prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery. As active advocates, women can champion ways of protecting their communities and lead DRR and climate action initiatives serving as a model and example with which others can emulate and follow suit.”