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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.

1. 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

2. Download the second issue: Arts-based Recovery Methods here

The second issue of Doing Gender & Disaster, October 2017, examines good practices for incorporating arts-based recovery methods into disaster response drawing on research conducted in Aceh, Indonesia. Dr. Kimberly Clair conducted this research during her doctoral studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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. Kimberly interviewed psychologists, artists, NGO staff, and participants in various performance-healing programs for this research. In this issue, she shares insights, findings, and good practices to inform the design and implementation of arts-based recovery practices for disaster recovery.

Guest Editors for Arts-based Recovery Methods: Kimberly Clair and Cheney Shreve

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

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