Gender & Disaster News & Resources

James Gibb, Luseadra McKerracher, Jessica Fields Queers and pandemics, past, present, and forever: LGBTQ+ health vulnerabilities and public health visibility. Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition published a Working Paper Series: COVID-19: Urgent Responses. Download direct here and from the GDN site here

What We Know About Crises And Domestic Violence — And What That Could Mean For COVID-19 by Jasmine Mithani 4 May 2020, Link here

UNHCR Gender-based violence prevention, risk mitigation and response during COVID-19, Link to original here. Download here.

Feminist Resources on the Pandemic, The Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy

SUSAN PAPP , MARCY HERSH 2020 A Gender Lens for COVID-19. Project Syndicate Mar 27, 2020 Link

Gender and Data Resources Related to COVID-19. Data2X Link

An Intersectional Approach to a Pandemic? Gender Data, Disaggregation, and COVID-19. As the COVID-19 pandemic has spread worldwide, so have calls for more reliable, rapid testing for the virus. Data2X Link

HELEN LEWIS 2020 The Coronavirus Is a Disaster for Feminism: Pandemics affect men and women differently. MARCH 19, 2020 The Atlantic. Link

Bradshaw, S., and M. Fordham. 2013. Women, girls and disaster: A review for DFID. London: Department for International Development. Not a new output but providing a link on GDN now it is withdrawn from DFID. Download here.

Action Against Hunger 2018 Women's Leadership in Disaster 2018. This report explores how women are involved as leaders and decision-makers within the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) and its networks. Download here and here on GDN. More information here.

Debra Parkinson, Liam Leonard, Alyssa Duncan and Judy Jeffrey 2018 Identifying the experiences and needs of LGBTI communities before, during and after emergencies in Victoria. This report documents LGBTI people’s experiences of living through an emergency, their experiences of accessing a range of EM services, and the knowledge and attitudes of EM personnel in working with LGBTI people and communities in Victoria, Australia. Download here and here on GDN. See also the GDN LGBTQI+ page

Chona R. Echavez, SayedMahdi Mosawi and Leah Wilfreda RE Pilongo, January 2016, The Other Side of Gender Inequality: Men and Masculinities in Afghanistan. Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit and Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, Issues Paper here.

'The experiences of refugee and asylum seeking women of maternal healthcare in the UK' Poster by Imogen Horn, Medical Student, St George’s University of London. Presented at the launch of the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster
Recommendations: longer, flexible appointments, continuation of midwife care, improved access to and provision of interpreters and written information in the correct language, more training for health care professionals to allow better understanding, support groups, mentoring from women who understand the maternal care pathways and more accessible clinics. Download the poster here

A toolkit for integrating Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) into humanitarian response. Link here | Direct download here

OXFAM Australia 2018 DOWN BY THE RIVER. The research project team followed Fijian sexual and gender minorities ‘Down By The River’ as they shared stories of everyday life before and after Tropical Cyclone Winston. Authors: Emily Dwyer and Lana Woolf of Edge Effect. Link here | Direct download here | See the LGBT+ Resources page here

'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

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Feminists want system change

Today, July 15, is the last day of the annual High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York. The Women's Major Group have been active throughout and have set out a number of campaign messages.

Feminist, LGBTQI+, Indigenous, women’s & girl-led movements need funding to do their work.

Governments & other actors must commit to financing the feminist movement in #SDGs implementation. #HLPF2021 #FeministsWantSystemChange

"We are the experts on our own lives."

Women, girls, and gender non-conforming people must always be engaged and consulted directly in #SDGs implementation. #FeministsWantSystemChange #HLPF2021


HLPF 2021 position paper:

Infographic Series: the SDGs & Human Rights Mechanisms from a Feminist Perspective:

From The Pandemic to 2030: Feminists Want System Change series:

HLPF Review Position Paper:

Mary Fran Myers Award 2021 - Melinda González

The Gender and Disaster Network and the Natural Hazards Center can now announce this year's Mary Fran Myers Award winner, Dr Melinda González.

Dr. Melinda González, a native of Newark, New Jersey with ancestral home in Moca, Puerto Rico, is an Afro-Indigenous scholar-activist-poet of Puerto Rican descent. She is a socio-cultural anthropologist, focused on environmental anthropology, whose work maps how disaster is differentially distributed across race, class, and gender, and she brings decolonial and indigenous research methods to the study of new media technologies in environmental justice studies.

Melinda believes that decolonizing the academy starts with providing graduate students and contingent faculty with livable wages and access to free medical and mental health care.

For more on Melinda González, go to this page.


How the aid sector marginalises women refugees

Read this article by Shima Bahre, Executive Director of the Sudanese Women for Peace and Development Association (SWPDA), who speaks of her personal challenges which reflect those of many women in similar circumstances. She reports in a strong personal voice how

'the humanitarian system is replicating the inequalities we face in our private lives. As a Sudanese woman leading an organisation, I feel like I am being left behind and marginalised, not because I want to be, but because the humanitarian system doesn’t recognise the additional barriers I face and the responsibilities I carry in my daily life.

‘No one understands the issues women from war zones face better than we do ourselves.’

Read more in: The New Humanitarian

March 8, 2021 International Women's Day

#ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021
A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So let's all choose to challenge.

How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.

See our sister centre Centre for Gender and Disaster page for International Women's Day 2021 here

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020

"An analysis of the indicators in the Global SDG Indicators Database ... reveals that for 4 of the 17 goals, less than half of 194 countries or areas have internationally comparable data. This lack of country-level data is particularly worrisome for Goal 5 (gender equality), where on average only about 4 in 10 countries have data available." (Page 4)

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020 highlights gains and losses evident from the 2020 data. For example, women's political representation is higher but the COVID pandemic has hit women and girls badly. This is most notable in the increase in gender based violence around the world.

Download direct from UN here. Download a local copy here.

3 December 2020UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities

"The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is observed each year on 3 December and has two primary goals. First, to promote the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities. Second, to take action to insure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society and development. The theme for IDPD 2020 is: “Building Back Better: Toward a Disability-Inclusive, Accessible and Sustainable Post-COVID-19 World”"

Women Enabled International's factsheet on the 'Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities in Conflict and Humanitarian Emergencies' ends with several recommendations for realizing the rights of women with disabilities in humanitarian settings:

Women with disabilities must be included in the development, implementation, and monitoring of disasterrelated plans, policies, and protocols. Disaggregated data on women with disabilities in humanitarian settings is essential to informing gender and disability inclusive plans and policies.
Emergency response actors must be trained on gender- and disability-inclusion, including in ensuring appropriate evacuation of women with disabilities and the rights of women with disabilities in the provision of essential services (including those needed to ensure sexual and reproductive health and rights and freedom from genderbased violence).
Women with disabilities must have access to water and sanitation facilities, as well as safe shelters that meet the specific access needs of women with disabilities. Distribution of food, clothing, and other humanitarian relief must also be carried out in a manner accessible to women with disabilities.
Disaster-related information, including early warning systems and information on evacuation protocols, must be available in alternative formats to ensure they are accessible to women with diverse disabilities.

Downloads: International Day page here | Concept Note here | WEI Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities in Conflict and Humanitarian Emergencies here



"Despite increasing scholarship on conflict-related sexual violence against men and boys, knowledge gaps remain regarding the forms, repercussions, and responses to this violence. To help build the evidence base, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) undertook exploratory, qualitative research examining the characteristics and impacts of sexual violence against men and boys, as well as assessing the availability and accessibility of services for male survivors, in three refugee settings."

This is the start of the publication by the Women's Refugee Commission


This is an important contribution to the gender and disaster research and literature. Also of interest are the methods employed:

"WRC’s work with men and boys is feminist in its approach and prioritizes accountability to women and girls. We do this by:
• Exploring the ways in which sexual violence against men and boys impacts the lives of women and girls;
• Exploring the ways in which sexual violence against men and boys intersects with violence against women and girls;
• Advocating for services for and attention to survivors of all genders;
• Working to dispel the myth that sexual violence services are widely available for women and girls but not for men and boys: across humanitarian settings, they need strengthening for survivors of all genders; and
• Including experts on violence against women and girls and persons with diverse SOGIESC on our Global Advisory Committee."

There is much of interest here. It can be downloaded from WRC or here on GDN.

Focus on Gender Data









This Devex/ UN Women page highlights how data is being used to inform policy and advocacy to advance gender equality. Gender data is crucial to make every woman and girl count. Photo: UN Women/Pathumporn Thongking

'Statistics that can and will be used': Pacific Islands devise new gender data plans - by Lisa Cornish here

In Burkina Faso, access to gender data is complicated by conflict - by Sam Mednick here

Has it become too dangerous to measure violence against women? - by Kelli Rogers here

You can find out more on the devex/ UN Women page here

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