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
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 Not a new output but providing a link on GDN now it is withdrawn from DFID.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
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
'Making It Count: Integrating Gender in Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction' Produced by CARE International in Vietnam, UN Women in Viet Nam and GIZ, ‘Making It Count’ offers practical questions, actions, tools and resources for integrating gender into climate change and disaster risk reduction interventions. Website link or download it from here (large file 25MB)
UNDP gender-responsive adaptation: Concrete examples of what gender-responsive approaches look like Website link
Status of Gender, Vulnerabilities and
Adaptation to Climate Change in the
Hindu Kush Himalaya. ICIMOD 2017. The overarching recognition in all the literature is that climate change will have huge and largely detrimental impacts on vulnerable communities, and that gender will be a defining feature in shaping individuals’ experiences of adverse circumstances. External link or download here.
New resource: Oxfam ‘HOW TO’ GUIDE TO MEASURING WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT Link
MEN AS ALLIES IN PREVENTING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: PRINCIPLES & PRACTICES FOR PROMOTING ACCOUNTABILITY, Bob Pease 2017. Download here
The Experience of People with Visual Impairments During and After the Christchurch, New Zealand 2010 and 2011 Earthquakes. See more here
The second in a series of three African Women's Development Fund primers entitled Feminist Perspectives on Governance, Peace and Security. More
UN Women 2017 Placing Pacific women at the forefront of disaster planning and response. More
UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Protecting Persons with Diverse Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities: A Global Report on UNHCR's Efforts to Protect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Asylum-Seekers and Refugees, December 2015, available here
See also from that Workshop the presentation by Marcy Hersh of Refugees:
International Backlash in GBV humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan? Link
‘Community Resilience at Scale: Grassroots Women Demonstrating Successful Practices’ shares successful grassroots strategies for building community resilience to disasters and climate change. It showcases women leading sustainable development in their communities, and features scaling up strategies in order to influence global agendas such as the Hyogo Framework for Action 2 and Post 2015 Development Agenda. Download Link
The WomanStats Project - compilation of information on the status of women. It facilitates understanding the linkage between the situation of women and the security of nation-states by searching the literature and conducting expert interviews. It is based on over 350 indicators of women's status in 175 countries.
Researchers investigate the impacts of bushfires on the Blue Mountains LGBTI community Link
"Don't forget men" first women and climate summit advised. Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 6 Aug 2014 link
UNISDR 2014 Asia-Pacific Input Document for the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (HFA2) FINAL DRAFT: Risk sensitive development as the cornerstone of resilience and sustainability | Link to download | Local copy
SHELTERING DISPLACED PERSONS FROM SEXUAL & GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE This publication presents four reports that examine shelters in Haiti, Kenya, Colombia and the Thailand/Burma border | Link to download
WOMEN'S UN REPORT NETWORK - WUNRN 2014 WOMEN – FOOD SECURITY - CONFLICT & PEACE Power Point
'Impact of the Chars Livelihoods Programme on the disaster resilience of Chars communities' Chars Livelihoods Programme (CLP), 2014. It was found in the study that female participants scored less than the males before CLP support. However in the areas where households had received the CLP support package, females scored higher than their male counterparts. Link | Download
If you are setting up or restructuring an organization then take a look at this: Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW) have produced a new Arrow Resource Kit (ARK) setting out their tried and tested management practices that reflect feminist principles. Link or Download [6MB]
'Ending Violence Against Women: The Case for a Comprehensive International Action Plan' Oxfam 2013 Link [220kb]
'Women's Voices From The Floodplains: an economic gender lens on responses in disaster affected areas in Queensland and Victoria' by economic Security4Women (eS4W) and Justice Equality Rights Access International (JERA)here
'WOMEN, GIRLS AND DISASTERS: A review for DFID' by Sarah Bradshaw and Maureen Fordham, August 2013 here
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 https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/
The Gender and Disaster Network and the Natural Hazards Center invite nominations of individuals, or gender and disaster-focused organizations who should be recognized for their efforts to advance gender-sensitive policy, practice, or research in the areas of disaster risk reduction. The Mary Fran Myers Gender and Disaster Award recognizes disaster professionals who continue Mary Fran Myers’ goal of promoting research on gender issues in disasters and emergency management.
As co-director of the Natural Hazards Center, Myers recognized that disaster vulnerability is influenced by social, cultural, and economic structures that marginalize women and girls. The Natural Hazards Center and the Gender and Disaster Network established the award in 2002 to honor women and men whose advocacy, research, or management efforts have had a lasting, positive impact on reducing disaster vulnerability.
Individuals eligible for the award will have added to the body of knowledge on gender and disasters or furthered opportunities for women to succeed in the field. Recognizing that women and men rarely act alone, the award is also now open to gender and disaster-focused organizations which have made similar contributions.
Eligibility and Nomination
Nominations of individuals and disaster-focused organizations that have advanced gender-sensitive policy, practice, or research in the areas of disaster risk reduction will be accepted.
The selection committee is especially interested in nominations from outside the United States. Previously nominated individuals who have not won the Mary Fran Myers award are still eligible.
Award winners are invited to participate in the Workshop and will be acknowledged in the Workshop program. The winner is also invited to serve on the Mary Fran Myers Gender and Disaster Award selection committee.
The nomination period is now open
To make a nomination, tell us how a single nominee's work has furthered knowledge, created opportunities, or otherwise had a lasting impact in the field of gender-related disaster risk reduction.
The nomination form will require the following information:
Your full name, mailing and e-mail addresses, telephone number, and those of the nominee
The nominee’s current resume or curriculum vitae (three-page maximum)
A nomination statement detailing specifically how the nominee’s work fits the award criteria described above
An optional one-page letter of support from another person or organization
Submit a Nomination Now!
Self-nominations are not accepted. Nominations in English are preferred, however nominations in other languages may be accommodated. Please contact the selection committee before submitting an nomination in a language other than English.
Deadline: APRIL 15, 2021
Please submit these materials electronically through this link: https://hazards.colorado.edu/awards/myers-award/application
Our thanks in advance for passing this notice along so that we may recognize people and organizations in varied sectors, regions, networks and contexts whose work on gender equality and disaster risk reduction should be recognized.
Remember: THE DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS APRIL 15, 2021
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
"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.
"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.
"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
'SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST MEN & BOYS IN CONFLICT & DISPLACEMENT: SYNTHESIS REPORT'
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."
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
We can now announce the 2020 winner of the Mary Fran Myers Award: Dr Marina Hamidzada who originates from Afghanistan.
She has recently been awarded a Ph.D. Degree in Urban Management (Human Security Engineering) with her research topic “Afghan Women Involvement in Disaster Risk Management Process in Afghanistan” from Kyoto University, Engineering Graduate School.
Her main focus during the past 19 years has been on gender equality and vulnerabilities of Afghan women in different areas. She conducted a nationwide Training of Trainers on Peace Education for young women of government agencies and NGOs. She has been closely working with IDPs and returnee communities in all regions of Afghanistan.
With numerous countries implementing shelter-at-home policies and billions of people sheltering at home from the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic violence has become an epidemic within an epidemic. Before COVID-19, domestic violence was already a global emergency. The pandemic has exacerbated conditions that too often lead to violence.
Here is a toolkit from MADRE, Media Matters for Women, MenEngage Alliance, Nobel Women’s Initiative, OutRight Action International, Women Enabled International, and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).
Global Coordination to Local Strategies: A Practical Approach to Prevent, Address, and Document Domestic Violence under COVID-19. TOOLKIT.
A woman wearing a protective facemask and gloves, attaching a poster with health information written in Arabic to a wall. Image Credit: Palestinian Medical Relief Society.
If the COVID-19 lockdown continues for 6 months and there are major service disruptions due to COVID-19, an additional 7 million unintended pregnancies are expected to occur
The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to undermine efforts to end gender-based violence through two pathways:
○ Reducing prevention and protection efforts, social services and care
○ Increasing the incidence of violence
If the lockdown continues for 6 months, 31 million additional gender-based violence cases can be expected
For every 3 months the lockdown continues, an additional 15 million additional cases of gender-based violence are expected
Read more here: UNFPA 2020 Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Family Planning and Ending Gender-based Violence, Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage. By UNFPA, with contributions from Avenir Health, Johns Hopkins University (USA) and Victoria University (Australia). Interim Technical Note, Information as of 27 April 2020 [link to report | download report here]
New UNFPA projections predict calamitous impact on women’s health as COVID-19 pandemic continues, 28 April 2020 [Link to UNFPA Press Release]
The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) recently carried out a study looking at gender- and nutrition-sensitivity of climate and food security policies in Uganda.
Most of Uganda’s population relies on rain-fed agriculture for their livelihoods. Agriculture is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change: decreasing soil fertility, rainfall variability, extreme weather events, as well as pests and diseases, are only some of the challenges farmers are facing. Rural women in Uganda are especially vulnerable to these challenges, given their cultural responsibility to provide their families with nutritious food, fuel and safe water–resources that are becoming scarce following weather extremes.
Policy Brief: Climate change, food and nutrition policies in Uganda: Are they gender- and nutrition-sensitive? Link
Blog: Integrating gender and nutrition in Ugandan policy: An assessment Link
This story was originally published on the CCAFS blog.
Find the Policy Brief also on GDN link
Feminist emergency plan in the face of the Coronavirus crisis” was released yesterday by the Coordinadora Feminista 8M in Chile. The Coordinadora has been a central force over the last five months of popular uprisings in Chile and convened millions of women to mobilize around the country on March 8 (8M).
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) have shared Words Into Action on Children & Youth Engagement in DRR and Resilience Building here: https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/67704.
They wish to roll-out and disseminate this guide through a series of events and products throughout the year but they plan to do a first social launch of the guide on 7 April and there will be more information on this later.
UNDRR have provided these support documents:
Words into Action guidelines: Engaging Children and Youth in Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building key draft messages [download here]
Words into Action Children and Youth Case Studies [download here]
WIA on DRR, Children and Youth: Links to COVID-19 [download here]
Practical Action was recently invited onto the Disasters Deconstructed Podcast to talk about their work on gender and disaster risk, sharing perspectives on gender in disasters, on vulnerability, on intersectionality, and talking about work on Gender Transformative Early Warning Systems, and Missing Voices.
The podcast has just come out this week (week beginning 23rd March 2020) and you can access it here.
For further information please see these resources:
Practical Action resources on gender
Gender Transformative Early Warning Systems here
Missing Voices: Experiences of floods and early warning from marginalized women in Nepal and Peru here
Genders, bodies, politics (Opens in Chrome)
This pandemic is the largest public health and disaster management experiment any of us are likely to experience as participant observers. We write as a diverse group of researchers, teachers and practitioners who have spent decades engaged with natural and technological hazards, humanitarian situations, public health, health psychology and communication. Many will be studying responses by international organizations and national governments. Equally important are the everyday responses of individuals, small groups, neighborhoods, civil society and faith organizations, schools, universities, technical institutes and vocational training centers, small and medium enterprises, and local government units.
We invite people to send examples of what we define as “positive” responses. You can find a draft paper with an expanded discussion here which develops the idea of "positive responses". Of course, on GDN we seek to highlight gender issues in disaster and the everyday and so examples that emerge from a gendered analysis are particularly welcome. How are notions of kindness, compassion, care for others and altruism manifesting through a gendered lens? Are stereotypical gender roles and gender identities being reinforced or disrupted in the COVID-19 context?
PLEASE SEND EXAMPLES TO: Ben Wisner at email@example.com with SUBJECT LINE: Positive responses to COVID-19
You can also post to the Gender and Disaster Network email list: firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright Plan International UK
This March (2020) over 150 young people, Congolese refugees in Rwanda, South Sudanese refugees in Northern Uganda and girls living in conflict-affected North East Nigeria, in partnership with Plan International UK, created this Call to Action. This launch took their voices right to the heart of the UK Government, setting out their eight demands for a better future:
* We want gender equality
* We want better support and services for unaccompanied minors
* We want access to a safe and quality education
* We want to be safe from gender-based violence
* We want good health and wellbeing
* We want control of our bodies
* We want fair and decent work
*We want to be involved in creating peaceful and sustainable futures
FInd out more here: https://visionbygirlsincrisis.org/
"Interviews with 30 women in two shires in Victoria, Australia, confirmed that domestic violence increased following the catastrophic Black Saturday bushfires on February 7, 2009..."
Read more in Debra Pakinson's paper: Investigating the Increase in Domestic Violence
Post Disaster: An Australian Case Study by Debra Parkinson, Journal of Interpersonal Violence
2019, Vol. 34(11) 2333–2362. Stored here.
Debra Parkinson said in a post to GDN:
Sadly, the devasting 2020 Australian bushfires have again sparked increased domestic violence. These fires are unprecedented in the world, burning an area the size of England, killing more than a billion animals, destroying 3,500 homes, displacing 6000+ people and killing 34 peoople. The east coast of NSW and Victoria were ablaze, with some fires burning since November and even from June. They were uncontrollable and acknowledged as related to climate change.
Gender is central to understanding the social ramifications of disasters like this 2020 'Black Summer'. Suicides of men emerge, and domestic violence increases - adding to the burden of disaster experience for women and children.
Learnings from the 2009 'Black Saturday' bushfires have informed response to recovery this time around, with the Victorian Government working with the Gender and Disaster (GAD) Pod to train community recovery workers. Read this article to understand this critical issue: 'Investigating the Increase in DV Post disaster: An Australian Case Study' in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
If you have not yet come across Caren Levy's Web of Institutionalisation then I recommend downloading it from here. It was first published as a working paper in 1996 but since then has been widely applied across policy and planning, gender mainstreaming and international development contexts. The picture shows Professor Caren Levy in front of the web of institutionalisation which grew across the white board over a period of 2 hours when she was an invited speaker on Friday 6th March 2020 for the module: Gender, Disaster and Conflict, part of the IRDR MSc Programmes at UCL (look for the module on this page) and coordinated by Dr Punam Yadav and Professor Maureen Fordham at the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster at UCL. The Web of Institutionalisation can be used as an operational tool to guide the direction of the many actions which can be taken to effectively promote the institutionalisation of gender.
Across the UK, girls are saying loud and clear that their rights aren’t being met. From street harassment to stereotyping and feeling unsafe at school and online, they’re facing the daily reality of gender inequality in the UK. Explore Plan's map to discover the issues they have said matter the most to them.
Read the report: Plan International UK: THE STATE OF GIRLS’ RIGHTS IN THE UK 2019-2020
Our The 2020 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR) will be convened by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and hosted by the Australian Government in Brisbane, Australia from 29 June – 2 July.
The theme for this year's conference is:
‘Making a change: Accelerating the transformation to risk-informed development. Enabling local and inclusive disaster resilience.’
That definitely sounds like something GDN members would have an opinion and experience on. Are there any GDN members who will be attending? Can we collaborate with Asia-Pacific colleagues to make the best impact and contribution we can? If anyone would like to be involved in contributing to discussions and strategising then please email email@example.com. You don't have to be present in Brisbane in order to make a contribution. As is usual in GDN, any discussion outputs will be shared for comment by all.
Our sister centre: the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster is leading an innovative new project which starts today. It is called GRRIPP - Gender Responsive Resilience & Intersectionality in Policy and Practice – Networking Plus Partnering for Resilience and it is funded by the UKRI Collective Fund. GRRIPP is a new global network which will disrupt conventional development thinking around “gender” in crisis contexts and - based on decolonial approaches, indigenous knowledge and grassroots experiences - it will offer new ways of thinking about gender equality and inclusion in disasters and conflict.
GRRIPP is a collaboration between UK academics and three regions: Africa - Coordinated in Durban, South Africa; LAC - Coordinated in Lima, Peru; and South Asia - Coordinated in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dr Mahbuba Nasreen, who coordinates the Bangladesh GDN Hub, and Dr Kylah Forbes-Biggs, who coordinates the GDN Africa Hub, are both part of the GRRIPP team. We will be reaching out to all our Hubs and all our members to invite them to get involved in what we do. We have not planned everything out because our activities will be generated from the regions themselves and their selection of what are the key issues to focus on.
1 November 2019 is Day 1 of GRRIPP and we hope to reach out widely in the 4 years of the project to connect to academics, researchers, students, practitioners, government representatives at all scales, and grassroots groups. GDN and the Centre for Gender and Disaster are very closely linked so look out for more information as the project unfolds and please get in touch with us if you have ideas to share or would just like to be more closely connected. You can email any of these addresses:
firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
We are grateful to the ESRC for providing funding.
More about the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster
Read this interesting article by Catie Fowler which calls for a change in the narrative about women which constantly represents them as victims. It provides useful links to various indices, especially to the Women, Peace and Security Index which has some interesting comprative data.
Girls celebrate the opening of a new school and clinic implemented by the African Union–UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur.
Photo by UN Photo/Albert González Farran.
Is there a need for a gender perspective in disasters in the Nordic countries? We believe that there is and would like to invite other interested individuals – researcher, professionals or volunteer – to be part of our journey to explore the potential for creating a GDN Nordic Hub.
We are interested in exploring issues that are related (but not exclusive to) the Nordic region. Some examples of our own work include applying a gendered lens to the refugee situation in 2015, exploring issues or power and norms to disaster management, as well as comparing women’s role in climate change from a Global North and Global South perspective, and investigating the impact of adaptation and disaster risk reduction initiatives by the Global North on women in the Global South.
In the future, we would like to establish a series of workshops, focusing on PhD or early career professionals/academics and explore topics such as data and disasters, theoretical advancements and developing tools for gender mainstreaming. Do you have other ideas and would like to join us?
Please go to the new Nordic page for some initial resource suggestions.
An International Winter School was held between 1-5 July 2019, in Cape Town, South Africa. Its focus was: Gender Equality and Resilience to Disasters and Climate Risks: Future Research and Action Agenda(s). It was jointly organised by: the Overseas Development Institute / BRACED Programme; UCL IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster; Gender and Disaster Network; SouthSouthNorth / Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN); and Oxfam Resilience Knowledge Hub.
This Winter School brought together academics, activists, practitioners and research students to reflect collectively on how much and how well gender issues have been addressed in disaster risk reduction projects, resilience programmes and climate adaptation initiatives. This event provided a platform for participants to share their experience, learn from others’ work, confront ideas and map out an agenda of strategic research priorities.
Winter School Objectives:
- Create a dialogue between non-gender specialists and experts from different fields; across disciplines, languages and countries to debate ideas to better tackle gender inequalities;
- Connect people from different spheres of influence (research, grassroot activism, humanitarian project) to ignite synergies;
- Learn new information from other’s work, initiatives and context;
- Learn and share new skills to further one’s own and others’ research and/or practice;
- Understand the work of humanitarian and development practitioners on the ground and how they integrate issues of gender justice;
- Reflect on knowledge gaps in both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ disciplines, and information needed by development practitioners, policy makers and donors to foster equitable sustainability;
- Go beyond a ‘talking shop’ to begin to map out an action agenda.
The Agenda included:
- Making inequalities visible: Gaining information, collecting gender disaggregated data, conducting gender analyses, building and sharing evidence;
- Improving health, safety and wellbeing: Unequal access to basic services and livelihoods, different vulnerabilities to disasters and climate change;
- Re-thinking planning and infrastructures: Gender responsive infrastructure and planning to make cities, towns and villages work for all; before, during and after disasters;
- Advocating for social justice, equality and equity: Inclusion, participation, and leadership of all social categories, including intersecting axes of difference and complex identities;
- Gender and intersectionality in future research and action: Collectively building a strategic research agenda.
GDN Africa was represented at the meeting by Kylah Forbes-Biggs.
Email us if you would like to join the GDN Africa group email@example.com
See the GDN Africa page - for follow up information
See the dedicated website here: https://www.genderwinterschool.com/
For over twenty years, Bernadette P. Resurrección has researched gender issues in contexts of environmental change. Bernadette has continually been involved in designing and leading regional projects on gender and climate change adaptation and poverty-reducing bio-innovations in Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines. Bernadette established the Gender, Environment & Development (GED) Research Cluster at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Asia Center based in Bangkok where she continues to work.
Bernadette is a prolific and well-known writer on gender and environment. Currently, she is leading the completion of a background paper on gender and climate change adaptation for the Flagship Report of the Global Commission on Adaptation. Together with Rebecca Elmhirst of Brighton University, UK, she is co-authoring a feminist political ecology book (expected in 2020) on the troubling and triumphant times of gender professionals in environment and development knowledge organizations. Find out more here
The 2019 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, 13-17 May 2019, is mainstreaming gender throughout the discussions. Read their concept note on this here or download it here. The Platform Programme is available on the PreventionWeb site here.
Given this positive move by UNISDR to mainstream gender throughout the Platforms proceedings, we're delighted to announce that several of our members will be attending the event and representing GDN's activities throughout the week. Indeed, both Maureen Fordham (co-founder of GDN) and Kevin Blanchard (GDN Communications Coordinator) will be in attendance and are running a side session, along with UN Women and UNICEF entitled Using Gender, Age and Disability-Responsive Data to Empower those Left Furthest Behind: How to do it and why it’s fundamental to effective Disaster Risk Reduction.
Following on from a GDN member survey carried out in April 2019, it was decided that GDN representation would focus primarily on advocating the aims and goals of our organisation to other attendees and organisers (39% of the vote), plus attempt to form alliances with people and organisations who mirror our goal of a more inclusive and representative DRR and DRM process (35% of the vote). Please make sure to follow our Twitter account to keep up to date with thoughts, comments and (hopefully) some video of key sections of the event.
By Chaman Pincha, Social Inclusion Advisor, Afghanistan Resilience Consortium/ActionAid
This technical paper on women’s voices and agencies in community-based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) draws on the Gender-Focused Situation Analysis carried out in project sites of the members of the Afghanistan Resilience Consortium (ARC). This paper brings to the foreground the voices and agency of women as factors that turn gender-based vulnerabilities into capacities. If resiliencies are a function of capacities, then the existence and strength of the agency and voices of women are robust indicators of the degree to which they have attained resilience (in this context, against disasters). The paper focuses on women because, as will be clearly highlighted, they remain most vulnerable to disasters because of their marginalisation in socio-cultural, political, economic and other arenas. Download it here
The theme this year is Balance For Better.
Connect to the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster First Anniversary Event and see the whole evening livestreamed throughTwitter where 'Balance For Better' is analysed critically by Sarah Bradshaw, Kevin Blanchard and Terry Cannon.
The evening was hosted by Maureen Fordham, Director of the Centre, and Punam Yadav, Co-Director of the Centre. Go here for speaker details.
On Wednesday 30th January 2019, the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster kicks off the first of a series of monthly evening seminars (the last Wednesday of the month) at UCL in London.
Our guest speaker is JC Gaillard with a presentation to stimulate discussion: Studying gender in disaster: how far have we got? JC will discuss how much the study of gender in disaster has progressed over the past 40 years. He will argue that, in many ways, we are still reproducing a number of biases that were criticised in the 1970s, hence often pursuing, often unconsciously, an agenda that primarily serves Western researchers at the detriment of those who are most often affected by disasters in the rest of the world.
For those able to get to London, join us at 6pm for a lively discussion. All seminars run from 18:00 pm - 20:00 in the same UCL location: Room 106 Gordon House, Gordon Street: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/maps/gordon-house-106
Contact Maureen Fordham or Punam Yadav for more details.
Other Wednesday dates for your diary in the same location are:
27 February 2019
27 March 2019
24 April 2019
29 May 2019
26 June 2019
More details to follow soon.
It seems that feminism has emerged from the shadows once again. Sweden has a feminist government and a feminist foreign policy. Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom have called for a Feminist Security Council and produced a Guidance Note for Security Council Members.
Oxfam's latest issue of the Gender and Development journal is on 'development and young feminisms'.
"They offer a vision of change that sweeps away the old ways of 'doing development', challenging powerful elites to 'walk the talk' on feminist leadership, women's rights and youth empowerment."
And many more instances.
On November 20th, the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster (see our GDN page on the CGD) hosted the IRDR Network Roundtable Dinner in the Haldane Room at University College London. Our Guest Speaker was Colette Fearon, Oxfam's Director of Humanitarian Programmes and the subject was 'gender rights'. Colette outlined the many advantages that came from taking a feminist stance in programming
It seems that feminism is an important catalyst currently to engage interest on gender issues. We must remember that feminism is a contested term and is associated with transformative change, backlash and as many exclusions as inclusions. It is important that we build - constructively - on the positive gains of the feminist legacy while challenging the exclusionary practices and ideas of the past. An intersectional approach, recognizing difference within the category 'women' and focusing on gender relations, not just women alone, is one way of going forward.
We launched the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster in March 2028 to focus on building the research evidence base in our field. Download our first blog about our first seminar event on 28 June 20128, 'Women’s Economic Empowerment in Post-Disaster Reconstruction: A Study of Tohoku' or go to our new page for News from the Centre.
The lack of awareness, research and discussion around impacts of disasters and emergencies on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI+) community continues to concern a number of our members. In order to build, share and coordinate research and discussion around this marginalised group, our friends Kevin Blanchard and Lesley Gray have set up a group to examine this issue, promote discussion and collaboration and hopefully increase awareness. You can join the group here. If you have any questions, please email Kevin directly.
UN Women Bangladesh and the Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies (IDMVS), University of Dhaka will hold the launching ceremony of the Gender and Disaster Network (GDN) Bangladesh Country Hub at RC Majumdar Arts Auditorium (First floor of Lecture Theatre building), Dhaka University Campus on 11 March, 2018 at 3:00 PM. Through the GDN launching we shall celebrate the International Women’s day, upholding the cause of integrating women’s empowerment aspects in disaster management. More here...
The theme this year is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”
On 8 March, join activists around the world and UN Women to seize the moment, celebrate, take action and transform women’s lives everywhere. The time is NOW. Read more here
The British Library’s Sisterhood and After project describes sixty-six UK feminists alive today who have spent their lives striving for political and social equality, and who struggled for changes that would grant both women and men new freedoms. Lesley Abdela, long time GDN member, is one of them.
Lesley Abdela is a women’s rights campaigner, gender consultant and journalist who has worked for women’s representation in over 40 countries including post-conflict countries: Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nepal and Aceh. In 1980 she founded the all-Party 300 Group to campaign to get more women into local, national and European politics in the UK.
Listen to Lesley Abdela discussing domestic violence, divorce and child support, sex discrimination pre-legislation and women in government - A Democracy for Women.
GDN is partnering with a new research centre to be led by Professor Maureen Fordham at University College London (UCL) Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR). The Centre for Gender and Disaster (website to be online soon) will be launched on 7th March 2018. Go to the IRDR Public Events page for details.
The Centre for Gender and Disaster aims to develop awareness of and responsiveness to gender for risks and disasters, and humanitarian contexts more generally, through excellence in research and teaching. The Centre will:
• Expand upon everyday understandings of ‘gender’ to move beyond simplistic binary categorisations towards a more fluid comprehension of identities, adopting an intersectional approach.
• Define ‘disaster’ broadly to include events and processes triggered by natural hazards, humanitarian crises, as well as internal or cross-border conflicts.
• Combine gender and disaster research with disparate subject strands, in some of which gender is absent, of low perceived salience, or simply inadequate.
The Centre will focus initially on 5 broad subject pillars, some of which align with UCL’s Global Challenges:
1. Social Justice, Equality and Equity
2. Engineering & Infrastructure
3. Transformative Technologies
4. Data (data collection, validation of data, gender analysis, big data)
5. Health & Wellbeing (working with our sister Centre for Gender and Global Health but with a specific focus on the DRR and humanitarian domains).
We will be advertising soon for a 2-year post-doctoral research fellowship so keep watching this space!
GDN is starting a new series called 'What are you reading?'. It invites suggestions from GDN members and friends for interesting items to share. They can be of any kind: books, articles, blogs, websites. Anything that has a connection to and usefulness for those interested in gender and disasters.
Look over to the right for the first two!
From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world.
The UNiTE Campaign will mark 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence under the overarching theme, “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls”— reflecting the core principle of the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Go here for more information.
Interactive– Explore the facts: Violence against women
The Zambia National Men‘s Network has trained 74 men and women as anti GBV champions (28 women and 46 men), who will undertake the role of sensitizing communities and reporting GBV cases in Chilanga, Chaisa, Chongwe and Rufunsa to the police.
The men and women were drawn from different CSOs- Churches, community members, traditional leaders including the police service. Source: WUNRN – Women's UN Report Network
"Climate change and disasters threaten core human rights and prioritizing those most impacted by disasters and climate change must be the priority of all decision makers” said the Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa, the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation for the Fijian Government "gender and ‘protection’ must be central to any activity which relates to climate change and/or disasters.”
More information here
Scientists are concerned that heat waves could be linked to more premature births and stillbirths.
Previous research on heat vulnerability, which mainly focused on cardiovascular problems in the elderly, didn’t capture the full spectrum of potential threats to public health from rising temperatures, e.g. pregnant women. Source: Ellie Kincaid for The Atlantic and PreventionWeb
Read more here.
This year’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on October 13 continued the "Sendai Seven" campaign, centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework. The focus for 2017 was Target B: Reducing the number of affected people by disasters by 2030. Here are just acouple of examples of events.
This year’s International Day of the Girl (IDG) on October 11 marks the beginning of a year-long effort to spur global attention and action to the challenges and opportunities girls face before, during, and after crises.
Check out #GirlsTakeover action worldwide #GirlsTakeover action
Let GDN know what you have been doing on this day firstname.lastname@example.org
'UNLOCK THE POWER OF GIRLS NOW' - The report discusses a study based on qualitative research with a sample of adolescent girls and boys in five communities in Colombia and four in Uganda. The research sought to connect the pathways towards female empowerment and gender equality with a social norms analysis and was designed to examine how gender power relations either drive or impede social change.
“We start telling little girls not to lead at a really young age and we start to tell boys to lead at a very young age. That is a mistake"
The second issue of Doing Gender & Disaster examines good practices for incorporating arts-based recovery methods into disaster response drawing on research conducted in Aceh, Indonesia by Dr. Kimberly Clair.
Arts-based Recovery Methods
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. Download DG&D2
If you have comments or suggestions on this issue please contact email@example.com
In 2013, world leaders, convened by the governments of the United Kingdom (UK) and Sweden, came together to launch the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Emergencies. It is a multi-stakeholder initiative aiming to drive change and foster accountability from the humanitarian system to address GBV, particularly against women and girls.
The Call to Action:
Galvanised senior leaders in donor agencies, IOs and NGOs
at a central level to prioritise GBV.
Helped strengthen policy, organisational frameworks and
Supported a drive for improved and increased programming
on GBV in emergencies.
Promoted collective action and accountability on GBV in emergencies.
Helped increase funding for GBV programmes.
This review identifies important gaps:
1 Although GBV programming has increased, it is not yet enough or to scale to meet the growing need on the ground.
2 There is a need to build the capacity of implementing partners
to prevent and respond to GBV.
3 The Call to Action needs to expand its reach to include southernbased implementing agencies and women’s organisations.
4 There is a need to work with frontline humanitarian workers and emergency response leadership to change norms and attitudes around prioritisation of GBV, and this will take time.
The report makes the following recommendations:
1 Maintain political momentum by identifying critical next steps for the Call to Action and priority areas for the Call to Action lead within these.
2 Identify funding needs and mobilise resources to implement
the Call to Action Road Map through coordinated action.
3 Promote increased accountability for Call to Action commitments and drive implementation of commitments on the ground.
4 Integrate Call to Action commitments into other relevant policy frameworks on women’s and girls’ protection and empowerment.
5 Share knowledge and build capacity and expertise across different Call to Action Stakeholder Working Groups, especially between donors and implementing agencies.
International Rescue Committee JUNE 2017 The Impact of the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies http://gbvresponders.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/The-Impact-of-the-CTA-on-protection-from-GBV-in-emergencies-FULL-WEB.pdf
Edited by Elaine Enarson and Bob Pease. Routledge Studies in Hazards, Disaster Risk and Climate Change. More information: www.routledge.com/9781138934177
Download the flyer here and get 20% discount.
Islamic Relief is committed to ending GBV as part of its wider gender justice framework that seeks to end harmful practices affecting women and girls. The report is a summary of key findings from a project that aimed to prevent GBV and provide support to survivors in three countries: Mali, Niger and Pakistan. Download it from Islamic Relief here or from GDN's website here.
TheGDN has a new logo
but really needs support to complete the design of a new Gender and Disaster Network website and migrate all the GDN files.
Can you help with time? expertise? funding? Please contact Maureen Fordham firstname.lastname@example.org if you have something to offer GDN.
The Gender and Disaster Network started in 1997 as an educational project initiated by women and men interested in gender relations in disaster contexts. We are the first web presence to advocate for gender mainstreaming in disaster risk reduction using the World Wide Web.Read more
The GDN Community Mailing List
GDN members share the latest information and resources on gender, drr and related issues through a mailing list hosted by Preventionweb. To subscribe to the LISTSERV, please register online: https://www.gdnonline.org/profile/register.php
The Gender and Disaster Sourcebook
The GDN hosts and maintains the Gender and Disaster and Disaster Sourcebook, a one-stop user-friendly electronic guide to help answer the question: "What is the link between gender equality and disaster risk?"
The Gender and Disaster Network Knowledgebase
A repository of many resources available to download in the GDN Knowledgebase.
The Mary Fran Myers Award
The Mary Fran Myers Award was so-named in order to recognize her sustained efforts to launch a worldwide network among disaster professionals, for advancing women’s careers and for promoting research on gender issues in disaster research in emergency management and higher education.
The GDN website is a continuing work in progress. Thanks to support from USAID/OFDA, USDA, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), UNISDR PreventionWeb, Northumbria University, Department of Geography and our many volunteers, we are expanding the GDN and making it more dynamic. We have many plans, some of which can be enacted now, others will have to wait for further sponsorship. Please visit In the Pipeline to see a description of some of the ideas we have for the future.
The GDN remains a space populated by its members and welcomes contributions of relevant materials/events/announcements for publication in the website and suggestions to improve the Network.
GDN is seeking partners and supporters to further its advocacy in gendering disaster risk reduction. Please email us at: gdngdnonline.org to explore potential collaborations.
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In July 2020 Maureen Fordham is reading 'Feminist City' by Leslie Kern
In January 2019 Maureen Fordham is reading 'Fortunes of Feminism' by Nancy Fraser
In June 2018, Maureen Fordham is reading 'Adapting the built environment: the role of gender in shaping vulnerability and resilience to climate extremes in Dhaka' by HURAERA JABEEN in Environment & Urbanization Vol 26(1): 1–19 here
In July, Maureen Fordham is reading: UNDP 2011 DISASTER-CONFLICT INTERFACE: Comparative experiences. Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery here
In June 2018, Maureen Fordham is reading 'Adapting the built environment: the role of gender in shaping vulnerability and resilience to climate extremes in Dhaka' by HURAERA JABEEN in Environment & Urbanization Vol 26(1): 1–19 here
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