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Doing Gender and Disaster


The Doing Gender & Disaster series focuses on methods, processes, practices and research aimed at gendered disaster risk reduction (GDRR) because while sharing knowledge is important, only action leads to change.

Download the first issue: Women's Voices here

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This first issue of Doing Gender & Disaster focuses on good practices in New Zealand following the Earthquake Sequence in 2010 and 2011 in Canterbury, New Zealand. Women’s Voices/Ngā Reo O Ngā Wahine was developed by the Christchurch Branch of the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) because media reports focused on earthquake victims and male rescue crews, army officers, police, fire-fighters, local and national politicians. NCWNZ used the efforts of many volunteer interviewers to create a digital archive of women’s earthquake stories and a number of reports and presentations. Policy-related documents are currently being prepared.

Guest Editors for Women's Voices: Rosemary Du Plessis, Judith Sutherland, Liz Gordon and Helen Gibson

Coming soon in Doing Gender & Disaster

The next few months will see new issues of Doing Gender & Disaster (DG&D) being published on the GDN website for free download.

First up will be DG&D on developing indicators for gender and age disaggregated data. These will be tied to the Declaration to be made at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan 14-18 March 2015 (see the Conference Website and the GDN WCDRR page). Once the new global DRR policy framework is agreed at that meeting we will tailor our indicators to be useful to its implementation.

The we will be turning to Guidelines for Gender and Disaster Audits in Organizations (their DRR frameworks, project documents and humanitarian response).

If you have ideas for new practical guides that could be suitable for our Doing Gender & Disaster series then please contact us at

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