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'Transform the current development model that generates risk, violates human rights and creates disasters' Conference held at the Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City. Download note in Spanish and English. Nota en español e inglés

New from Huairou Commission and ADB: 'Accelerating Sustainable Development: Investing in Community-Led Strategies for Climate and Disaster Resilience' download here or go to ADB

'Making It Count: Integrating Gender in Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction' Produced by CARE International in Vietnam, UN Women in Viet Nam and GIZ, ‘Making It Count’ offers practical questions, actions, tools and resources for integrating gender into climate change and disaster risk reduction interventions. Website link or download it from here (large file 25MB)

UNDP gender-responsive adaptation: Concrete examples of what gender-responsive approaches look like Website link

Status of Gender, Vulnerabilities and
Adaptation to Climate Change in the
Hindu Kush Himalaya. ICIMOD 2017. The overarching recognition in all the literature is that climate change will have huge and largely detrimental impacts on vulnerable communities, and that gender will be a defining feature in shaping individuals’ experiences of adverse circumstances. External link or download here.

New resource: Oxfam ‘HOW TO’ GUIDE TO MEASURING WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT Link

MEN AS ALLIES IN PREVENTING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: PRINCIPLES & PRACTICES FOR PROMOTING ACCOUNTABILITY, Bob Pease 2017. Download here

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. More

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

Swayam Shikshan Prayog has won a UN climate award for 2016 for training women to become clean energy entrepreneurs across Maharashtra and Bihar. More here

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 [here]

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 | Link | Download

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. Download Link

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 Spanish, 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 link

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 | Link to download

WOMEN'S UN REPORT NETWORK - WUNRN 2014 WOMEN – FOOD SECURITY - CONFLICT & PEACE Power Point

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 | Download

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. Link or Download [6MB]

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

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

Oxfam 2013 Minimum Standards for Gender in Emergencies. Link | 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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water treatment and community risk management, El Salvador

 

 

16 Days of Activism

From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world.

The UNiTE Campaign will mark 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence under the overarching theme, “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls”— reflecting the core principle of the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Go here for more information.

Violence against women

Interactive– Explore the facts: Violence against women

ZAMBIA NATIONAL MEN’S NETWORK TRAINS COMMMUNITY CHAMPIONS TO DEAL WITH GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

The Zambia National Men‘s Network has trained 74 men and women as anti GBV champions (28 women and 46 men), who will undertake the role of sensitizing communities and reporting GBV cases in Chilanga, Chaisa, Chongwe and Rufunsa to the police.

The men and women were drawn from different CSOs- Churches, community members, traditional leaders including the police service. Source: WUNRN – Women's UN Report Network
www.wunrn.com

 

Tonga demonstrates its efforts for the Centrality of Gender and Protection in Climate Action

"Climate change and disasters threaten core human rights and prioritizing those most impacted by disasters and climate change must be the priority of all decision makers” said the Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa, the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation for the Fijian Government "gender and ‘protection’ must be central to any activity which relates to climate change and/or disasters.”
More information here

Global warming might be especially dangerous for pregnant women

Scientists are concerned that heat waves could be linked to more premature births and stillbirths.

Previous research on heat vulnerability, which mainly focused on cardiovascular problems in the elderly, didn’t capture the full spectrum of potential threats to public health from rising temperatures, e.g. pregnant women. Source: Ellie Kincaid for The Atlantic and PreventionWeb

Read more here.

The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

This year’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on October 13 continued the "Sendai Seven" campaign, centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework. The focus for 2017 was Target B: Reducing the number of affected people by disasters by 2030. Here are just acouple of examples of events.

Mexico - women rescuers - not always the rescued

Conference held at the Universidad Panamericana

 

The International Day of the Girl Child

This year’s International Day of the Girl (IDG) on October 11 marks the beginning of a year-long effort to spur global attention and action to the challenges and opportunities girls face before, during, and after crises.

Check out #GirlsTakeover action worldwide #GirlsTakeover action

Let GDN know what you have been doing on this day gdn@gdnonline.org

'UNLOCK THE POWER OF GIRLS NOW' - The report discusses a study based on qualitative research with a sample of adolescent girls and boys in five communities in Colombia and four in Uganda. The research sought to connect the pathways towards female empowerment and gender equality with a social norms analysis and was designed to examine how gender power relations either drive or impede social change.

“We start telling little girls not to lead at a really young age and we start to tell boys to lead at a very young age. That is a mistake"

Go to Plan to download the report.

Or download the report here.

Arts-based Recovery Methods by Kimberly Clair

The second issue of Doing Gender & Disaster examines good practices for incorporating arts-based recovery methods into disaster response drawing on research conducted in Aceh, Indonesia by Dr. Kimberly Clair.

Arts-based Recovery Methods
Traditional methods for addressing psychosocial impacts of disasters, employed by many aid agencies, may not be culturally appropriate, as they rely on Western medicine and norms. Arts-based recovery methods such as dance have therapeutic benefits, and may assist participants with reestablishing trust and cultural identity, further strengthening resilience. Download DG&D2

If you have comments or suggestions on this issue please contact gdn@gdnonline.org

The Impact of the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies

In 2013, world leaders, convened by the governments of the United Kingdom (UK) and Sweden, came together to launch the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Emergencies. It is a multi-stakeholder initiative aiming to drive change and foster accountability from the humanitarian system to address GBV, particularly against women and girls.

The Call to Action:
Galvanised senior leaders in donor agencies, IOs and NGOs
at a central level to prioritise GBV.
Helped strengthen policy, organisational frameworks and
accountability mechanisms.
Supported a drive for improved and increased programming
on GBV in emergencies.
Promoted collective action and accountability on GBV in emergencies.
Helped increase funding for GBV programmes.

This review identifies important gaps:
1 Although GBV programming has increased, it is not yet enough or to scale to meet the growing need on the ground.
2 There is a need to build the capacity of implementing partners
to prevent and respond to GBV.
3 The Call to Action needs to expand its reach to include southernbased implementing agencies and women’s organisations.
4 There is a need to work with frontline humanitarian workers and emergency response leadership to change norms and attitudes around prioritisation of GBV, and this will take time.

Recommendations
The report makes the following recommendations:
1 Maintain political momentum by identifying critical next steps for the Call to Action and priority areas for the Call to Action lead within these.
2 Identify funding needs and mobilise resources to implement
the Call to Action Road Map through coordinated action.
3 Promote increased accountability for Call to Action commitments and drive implementation of commitments on the ground.
4 Integrate Call to Action commitments into other relevant policy frameworks on women’s and girls’ protection and empowerment.
5 Share knowledge and build capacity and expertise across different Call to Action Stakeholder Working Groups, especially between donors and implementing agencies.

International Rescue Committee JUNE 2017 The Impact of the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies http://gbvresponders.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/The-Impact-of-the-CTA-on-protection-from-GBV-in-emergencies-FULL-WEB.pdf

Men, Masculinities and Disaster

Edited by Elaine Enarson and Bob Pease. Routledge Studies in Hazards, Disaster Risk and Climate Change. More information: www.routledge.com/9781138934177

Download the flyer here and get 20% discount.

 

An integrated approach to gender-based violence and child protection from Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief is committed to ending GBV as part of its wider gender justice framework that seeks to end harmful practices affecting
women and girls. The report is a summary of key findings from a project that aimed to prevent GBV and provide support to survivors in three countries: Mali, Niger and Pakistan. Download it from Islamic Relief here or from GDN's website here.

Debra Parkinson receives the Mary Fran Myers Award

Lori Peek, new Director of the Natural Hazards Center, Boulder, Colorado, and Maureen Fordham of GDN with Debra Parkinson receiving the MAry Fran Myers award on behalf of herself and her colleagues. Read more here about this year's winners.

GDN at the Global Platform 2017

GDN had a busy week in Cancun, Mexico at the 2017 UNISDR Global Platform on DRR. The GDN booth was a hive of activity.

The GP2017 was a great chance to meet more LAC members!

The posters were successful in engaging participants in thinking how our ideas have changed - or not! - over the decades since GDN began.

See the posters full size on this page

Also the timeline poster attracted a number of additions

See the posters full size on this page

2017 Mary Fran Myers Award

The 2017 Mary Fran Myers award has been awarded jointly to Debra Parkinson and the late Claire Zara, and the Victorian Gender in Disaster Collaboration, Susie Reid WHGNE, Helen Riseborough WHIN, Frank Archer MUDRI, Craig Lapsley EMV and Carmel Flynn DHHS

The group has made significant and sustained contributions to the body of knowledge on gender and disasters and has advanced gender-sensitive policy and practice, contributing to a worldwide network promoting women’s opportunities in disaster-related professions. Read more here.


A ‘HOW TO’ GUIDE TO MEASURING WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT by OXFAM

Oxfam's new (May 2017) 'how to' guide is based on experiences from their impact evaluations. It presents a useful framework to guide measurement of women's empowerment.

Changes at the personal level take place within the person - changes in how a woman sees herself, how she considers her role in society and that of other women, how she sees her economic role, and her confidence in deciding and taking actions that concern herself and other women.

Changes at the relational level take place in the relationships and power relations within the woman’s surrounding network - changes both within the household and within the community, and encompasses markets, local authorities and decision makers.

Finally, changes at the environmental level take place in the broader context - can be informal changes, such as in social norms and attitudes and the beliefs of wider society, or they can be formal changes in the political and legislative framework.

Link here or download it here

GDN is planning a new look but needs some help - can you help?

TheGDN has a new logo

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 gdn@gdnonline.org if you have something to offer GDN.

 

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 here

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 Founders' page for some of those who were there. Email gdn@gdnonline.org if you have information.

We will be celebrating and strategising at the 42nd Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop (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 (gdn@gdnonline.org) 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 here

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

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 Cerebral Palsy and LGBT 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 (gdn@gdnonline.org).

 

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 here or from the GDN website here

 

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


climate action

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. Go here for more.

Add your voice - submit an action - here

 

What were you doing October 13?

"Live to Tell" - International Day for Disaster Reduction 2016


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 here | 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) here 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 here 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.Read more

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The GDN hosts and maintains the Gender and Disaster and Disaster Sourcebook, 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 GDN Knowledgebase.

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.

 

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