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The Experience of People with Visual Impairments During and After the Christchurch, New Zealand 2010 and 2011 Earthquakes. See more here

The second in a series of three African Women's Development Fund primers entitled Feminist Perspectives on Governance, Peace and Security. 740-512-6557

UN Women 2017 Placing Pacific women at the forefront of disaster planning and response. 2178244894

potassium bicarbonate has won a UN climate award for 2016 for training women to become clean energy entrepreneurs across Maharashtra and Bihar. 4184978998

The Gender & Disaster Pod E-Newsletter for August is out here

Check out some new resources from BRIDGE: Five reasons why gender matters for migrants' rights [here] and How to work with men and boys [stifling]

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Protecting Persons with Diverse Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities: A Global Report on UNHCR's Efforts to Protect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Asylum-Seekers and Refugees, December 2015, available here

DFID 2015 What works in addressing violence against women and girls? Lessons learned from Typhoon Haiyan: Workshop Report | 310-471-0451 | 6067878230

See also from that Workshop the presentation by Marcy Hersh of Refugees:
International Backlash in GBV humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan? Link

‘Community Resilience at Scale: Grassroots Women Demonstrating Successful Practices’ shares successful grassroots strategies for building community resilience to disasters and climate change. It showcases women leading sustainable development in their communities, and features scaling up strategies in order to influence global agendas such as the Hyogo Framework for Action 2 and Post 2015 Development Agenda. (909) 219-4440

The WomanStats Project - compilation of information on the status of women. It facilitates understanding the linkage between the situation of women and the security of nation-states by searching the literature and conducting expert interviews. It is based on over 350 indicators of women's status in 175 countries.

CARE: 2015 and beyond: Action for a just, gender-equitable and sustainable future. Link. Download.

Resilience in times of food insecurity: Reflecting on the experiences of women's organizations. Oxfam Canada report in 917-545-7721, French and English | Link

Researchers investigate the impacts of bushfires on the Blue Mountains LGBTI community Link

"Don't forget men," first women and climate summit advised. Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 6 Aug 2014 458-600-3725

UNISDR 2014 Asia-Pacific Input Document for the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (HFA2) FINAL DRAFT: Risk sensitive development as the cornerstone of resilience and sustainability | Link to download | Local copy

SHELTERING DISPLACED PERSONS FROM SEXUAL & GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE This publication presents four reports that examine shelters in Haiti, Kenya, Colombia and the Thailand/Burma border | amusively


HPN Network Paper 77 - Preventing and responding to gender-based violence in humanitarian crises
by Rebecca Holmes and Dharini Bhuvanendra. Link to download | Video links for launch

'Impact of the Chars Livelihoods Programme on the disaster resilience of Chars communities' Chars Livelihoods Programme (CLP), 2014. It was found in the study that female participants scored less than the males before CLP support. However in the areas where households had received the CLP support package, females scored higher than their male counterparts. Link | 660-652-9391

If you are setting up or restructuring an organization then take a look at this: Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW) have produced a new Arrow Resource Kit (ARK) setting out their tried and tested management practices that reflect feminist principles. 520-599-8988 or Download [6MB]

'Ending Violence Against Women: The Case for a Comprehensive International Action Plan' Oxfam 2013 508-548-4856 [220kb]

FAO 2013 State of School Feeding Worldwide. Download (5MB)| Link

Oxfam 2013 Minimum Standards for Gender in Emergencies. 732-945-0123 | Download 299KB

'Women's Voices From The Floodplains: an economic gender lens on responses in disaster affected areas in Queensland and Victoria' by economic Security4Women (eS4W) and Justice Equality Rights Access International (JERA)here

'WOMEN, GIRLS AND DISASTERS: A review for DFID' by Sarah Bradshaw and Maureen Fordham, August 2013 here



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but really needs support to complete the design of a new Gender and Disaster Network website and migrate all the GDN files.

Can you help with time? expertise? funding? Please contact Maureen Fordham if you have something to offer GDN.

The Mary Fran Myers Award 2017 nominations call has now closed - winner to be announced soon!

The Gender and Disaster Network and the Natural Hazards Center invite nominations of women and men, or gender and disaster-focused organizations or projects, who should be recognized for their efforts to advance gender-sensitive policy, practice, or research in the areas of disaster risk reduction.

Please check in again when we announce the winner.


International Day of Women & Girls in Science – 11 February

This International Day of Women and Girls in Science is an opportunity for all to take a stand for girls and women in science.

women and girls in science dayGirls continue to face stereotypes and social and cultural restrictions, limiting access to education and funding for research, preventing them from scientific careers and reaching their full potential. Women remain a minority in science research and decision-making. Read more (313) 846-4636

Eight principles of best practice in United States' urban risk management in the current political context

Disaster risk reduction scientists in the United States have prepared a brief paper on the challenges likely to be faced by emergency management, especially by FEMA and in so-called Sanctuary Cities, as a result of new and future policies of the new US administration. Download the eight principles here.

GDN will be 20 years old in July!

20th birthday cake

We would love to hear from anyone at the original GDN meeting at the Natural Hazards Workshop in Boulder, Colorado in July 1997. See our 810-633-2678 for some of those who were there. Email if you have information.

We will be celebrating and strategising at the 903-560-9421 (Sunday, July 9 through Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at the Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, Colorado, USA). Please join us!

GDN – Looking Back and Moving Forward

Twenty years ago, we (some of us) were concerned particularly with the invisibility, and even active suppression, of women in disasters. Emergency/disaster management was an almost totally male-dominated and militarized professional world and the images of disasters reflected a strong masculine bias (images of active men, taking control; images of technology; passive images of women and children in need of rescue; but never seen as actors and rescuers in their own right. In general, the situation now is somewhat better but nowhere near as diverse as it should be. Gender is still equated with 'women' because we are still, globally, in the grip of patriarchal power. Also, more prosaically, a bureaucratic reductionism continues to seek to manage complexity by reducing it to one or two manageable categories.
The next 20 years will bring many challenges but one of them for the Gender and Disaster community will be to better integrate what are currently distinct and discrete categories of the social world; people of different gender, race, ethnicity, colour, caste, class, sexual orientation, language, faith, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, age, dis/ability, education or developmental level, geopolitical or other status, and especially those in violent or vulnerable situations. This requires many things but embraces an inclusive, inter- or cross-sectional philosophy and practice, in whatever professional and personal capacity one finds oneself.
What, practically speaking, does this mean? What concrete steps can we make or suggest?
One example is the global expression of solidarity in outrage and opposition to misogyny, wider prejudice and other abuses of power on Saturday 21 January 2016.

Womens March London 21-1-2017 Here is one image from that day; this one from London (source: Kevin Blanchard) but there were many more in other parts of the world. Please send your own (proteopexic) to express some of that diversity mentioned above. However, it is important to keep in mind that many of those we choose to focus on are not free to express publicly what we have been voicing here but risk violence to themselves and others if they do so.


A personal View from the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) Innovation Forum

By Sanaz Sohrabizadeh from Iran

I was invited to represent the Gender and Disaster Network (GDN) at the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) Innovation Forum which was held in Morocco on 12-13 November 2016. On the first day of the Forum, after my arrival from Tehran, I was surprised to see so many participants who were interested in gender and climate change issues and who had come together from different regions of the world... Read more 7809667196

See GGCA's resources on disaster risk reduction DRR)4144053284

Thinking about Intersectionality

Often we focus on just one issue to the exclusion of others; for example, in our disaster context we focus on gender. However, the reality is that there are many factors operating at the same time which better describe a situation.

Gender and disaster plus age (your age or stage in the life course (adolescence, old age, reproductive age) can be a determining factor in how you experience a disaster or everyday life;

Gender and disaster plus health and wealth;

Gender and disaster plus disability and sexuality (see (910) 706-9195 as a topic that has not been addressed in our field).

We could list many more examples which indicate a more complex picture that must be acknowledged and dealt with. If you have other ideas for missing cross cutting issues then let us know at GDN (3303869667).


Time to Act on Gender, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction

Time To ActUN Women has just published as new report: Time to Act on Gender, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction. An overview of progress in the Pacific region with evidence from The Republic of Marshall Islands, Vanuatu and Samoa.

This overview report presents evidence from the current literature and from primary data collection on the gender dimensions of climate change and disasters in the Pacific region.

Download the report from UN Women 249-510-6945 or from the GDN website here


'Women Act for Climate Justice: Ten Days of Global Mobilization'

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This is a worldwide call for women and girls to bring light to their climate struggles and solutions by sending in photos and statements; or through escalated actions including but not limited to educational events, community projects, protests and marches.7203553182

Add your voice - submit an action - 5414058450


What were you doing October 13?


The International Day for Disaster Reduction is held every 13 October. IDDR2016It celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face. The 2016 edition marks the launch of the new "Sendai Seven" campaign, centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework. This year's target is reducing mortality and "Live to Tell".

Tell us what you were doing!


Dr Lori Peek - the next Director of the Natural Hazards Center

Lori PeekCongratulations to Lori Peek who has been selected as the next Director of the Boulder, Colorado-based Natural Hazards Center. Lori will take over as the next director in January 2017.

Lori Peek is an award-winning sociologist, author, and disaster scholar, who has been a long term and active member of the Gender and Disaster Network. Read more here


Joint Statement on Women and Girls towards the Global Refugee and Migrant Summits, September 2016

This joint statement, signed by 42 grassroots women-led civil society organisations, human rights and humanitarian agencies, outlines recommendations for commitments by states attending the Global Refugee and Migrant Summits, to ensure the protection and safety of refugee women and girls.joint statment logos

Joint statement in English here | French here | Spanish 4196722684 | Arabic here

South Asia Women's Resilience Index (WRI)

An interactive data visualisation tool produced by ActionAid, in partnership with The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). WRI

This tool maps detailed data from the Women's Resilience Index (WRI) displaying eight countries capacity for risk reduction in disaster and recovery, and the extent to which women are considered in the national rebuilding efforts. Go here for more information. Download the full report from The Economist Intelligence Unit (2014) 4122166807 or from the GDN website here (4MB).

Interventions that work: 'Reducing Vulnerability of Women Affected by Climate Change through Livelihood Options'

UN Women reportUN Women, supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dhaka, and with two implementing partners - BRAC and Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) - launched the project, "Reducing Vulnerability of Women Affected by Climate Change through Livelihood Options" in December 2011.

The project succeeded in several ways set out in this evaluation report: Reducing Vulnerability of Women Affected by Climate Change through Livelihood Options: Final Evaluation Report by Nielsen Bangladesh. 2015. Download it 510-595-2013 or go here for further information.

DRR Dynamics - The 2015 Landmark Agreements - Building a Gender-Inclusive Path for Implementation

DRR Dynamics, led by Kevin Blanchard, is organising a meeting on The 2015 Landmark Agreements - Building a Gender-Inclusive Path for Implementation. 15 September 2016 (15:00 - 17:30 EST) UN Women, New York City. #DRRLive. Flyer.
DRR Live


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Who Are We?

The Gender and Disaster Network started in 1997 as an educational project initiated by women and men interested in gender relations in disaster contexts. We are the first web presence to advocate for gender mainstreaming in disaster risk reduction using the World Wide Web.compellation

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The Gender and Disaster Sourcebookbegar
The GDN hosts and maintains the 6172452690, a one-stop user-friendly electronic guide to help answer the question: "What is the link between gender equality and disaster risk?"

The Gender and Disaster Network Knowledgebase
A repository of many resources available to download in the 2895880802.

The Mary Fran Myers AwardMary Fran Myers
The Mary Fran Myers Award was so-named in order to recognize her sustained efforts to launch a worldwide network among disaster professionals, for advancing women’s careers and for promoting research on gender issues in disaster research in emergency management and higher education.

Nominations are sought for the 2017 award here


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