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The Mary Fran Myers Award, 2005

Elaine Enarson

Elaine Enarson
2005 Recipient of the Mary Fran Myers Award

Elaine Enarson is a professor in applied disaster and emergency studies at Brandon University in Canada. For more than a decade, Enarson has dedicated her time and efforts to better understanding and reducing the disaster vulnerability of women and girls. Her scholarship and advocacy work have fundamentally changed the way scholars conduct gendered research and the way practitioners respond to extreme events. She has served as a mentor and role model to a new generation of students and emergency responders. Her contributions to gender and disaster research include:

Conducting research and developing courses and publications examining women's work in disasters and their housing and evacuation experiences, the uses of feminist theory for disaster sociology, disaster prevention and sustainable development, women's cultural responses to disaster, violence against women in disaster contexts, grassroots women's efforts to mitigate natural hazards, and international trends in the gender and disaster literature.
Consulting on these issues with the International Labour Organization, the United Nation’s Division for the Advancement of Women, and the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.
Serving as convener, grant writer, and planner for conferences on Gender Equality and Disaster Risk Reduction, Reaching Women and Children in Disasters, and Women in Disaster: Exploring the Issues.
Cofounding the Gender and Disaster Network in 1997.
Acting as project manager for the Gender and Disaster Sourcebook, an online compilation developed by an international writing team.

2004 Mary Fran Myers Awardee - Madhavi Malalgoda Aribayandu

Madhavi is a program manager in disaster mitigation at the Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG) in Sri Lanka. The disaster mitigation program works in five South Asian countries and collaborates with governments and international nongovernmental agencies. Read more

Call for Nominations

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

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