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Knowledgebase - Key Resources

This page contains key resources on gender and disaster risk reduction translated in several languages to benefit a wider audience. Visit the Gender and Disaster Sourcebook for a more comprehensive list (2005 and earlier).

We need volunteers to help us translate some of our key resources, if interested please email us: gdn@gdnonline.org.

1st Thoughts

Gender Equality in Disasters: Six Principles for Engendered Relief and Reconstruction. Gender and Disaster Network.Gender Equality in Disasters PDF file (53KB) Hard Lessons Learned word document (54KB).
This document is available in:
Spanish (148KB)

Highlighting the needs and capacities of women and girls, men and boys in disaster risk reduction. GDN Oral Statement at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, First Session. Geneva, Switzerland. June 2007. PDF file (35KB) Hard Lessons Learned word document

GENDERING DISASTER RISK REDUCTION: A Working Glossary in Support of the GDN Gender Note Series (90KB)

GDN Gender Notes series

1. Women, Gender and the Hyogo Framework for Action (310KB). Gender is a cross-cutting concern requiring attention throughout planning, implementation and evaluation

2. Women, Gender and Disaster: Hazards and Hazard Mitigation (956KB). Mitigation is women's work, too. Around the world, women strive to reduce disaster risk by reducing the hazards to which they and their families are exposed, using both local and specialist knowledge.

3. Women, Gender and Disaster: Men and Masculinities (1.02MB) Gender shapes men's interactions with men as well as women during crises, and differently in different contexts.

4. Women, Gender & Disaster: Abilities & Disabilities (1.86MB)

5. Women, Gender & Disaster Risk Communication (1.47MB)

Doing Gender & Disaster

Download the first issue: Women's Voices here

Download the second issue: Arts-based Recovery Methods here


Training Materials

Training Materials for Gender Mainstreaming in Disaster Risk Reduction
This set of materials was designed and collated by Maureen Fordham (with help from colleagues in UNDP, UNISDR, Oxfam, AIDMI) for a Training of Trainers for UNDP. It was first delivered in Colombo, Sri Lanka in December 2007.

Chaman Pincha 2008 Gender Sensitive Disaster Management: A Toolkit for Practitioners. Mumbai: Earthworm Books for Oxfam America and NANBAN Trust


Gender Sensitive Disaster Management: A Toolkit for Practitioners. This Toolkit authored by Chaman Pincha is the outcome of a research study undertaken to understand gender mainstreaming strategies used by NGOs and the Government in the context of their responses to and management of the Tsunami aftermath in Tamil Nadu. Download the toolkit here or from Think Beyond Boundaries website.

PDF file Working with Women at Risk: Practical Guidelines for Assessing Local Disaster Risk.This is a workbook for training community women to conduct hazard assessments and plan mitigation for their local neighborhoods. The model was developed and tested in communities in the Dominican Republic,  El Salvador, St. Lucia and Dominica. June 2003. English (1.0MB) español (643KB)

Policy Papers

UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security: 82 Translations downloadable from PeaceWomen's website.

Position Paper, UNFCCC COP 13, Gender cc, GDN, and other women's organisations. Bali, Indonesia, December 2007. PDF file (167KB)

General Documents

Hard Lessons Learned: Gender Notes for Tsunami Responders. Elaine Enarson, Gender and Disaster Network. PDF file (53KB) Hard Lessons Learned word document (54KB). This document in available in Tamil(55KB).

WOMEN, DISASTER, AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Planning Guidelines for Programs, Coalitions, and Disaster Practitioners. Elaine Enarson. Planning Guidelines Women, Disaster, and Domestic Violence word document (48KB)

Issues Facing Women after Disasters. Elaine Enarson. Issues facing women after Disasters word document (25KB)

Women, Gender and Disaster: Abilities and Disabilities (1.86MB) Mobilizing the
capacities, insights and life experience of women and men who live with disabilities
builds stronger, more resilient families, workplaces and communities.

Women, Gender and Disaster Risk Communication (1.47MB) Disaster communication must be creative, sensitive to culture and context, and also gender-targeted, based on knowledge of how particular groups of women and men create, receive, interpret and exchange knowledge about hazards and disasters.


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Knowledgebase Links

Click on the Links below to access GDN Resources

G&D Sourcebook Annotated bibliography of gender and disaster resources until 2005.

Recently added materials

from 2006 to date.

Why women? Why gender? Key resources on gender equality in disaster risk reduction

Archive of GDN newsletters

Includes published and unpublished reports, papers, and conference proceedings

Guidelines, manuals and checklists

Regional or country-specific case studies/research on gender and disaster

Contains materials on gender and DRR in other languages (Spanish, Tamil, Japanese, Swahili, etc)

Relevant external sites, posters, powerpoint presentations on gender and disaster.