The Mary Fran Myers Award, 2018


May Maloney

2018 Recipient of the Mary Fran Myers Gender and Disaster Award

May Maloney

May's selection acknowledges her leadership in promoting gender-sensitive and socially-inclusive humanitarian operations, especially her efforts in bringing greater visibility to sexual and gender-based violence during disasters and increasing participation of community members through community-based research. The establishment of Gender and Diversity in Disaster Response Networks in the Asia Pacific Region further illustrates the positive impacts she has made in the field of gender and disasters.

May is from Melbourne Australia and has worked with UNHCR, the Centre for Refugee Research at the University of New South Wales, the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture, Save the Children, and the IFRC. May holds a Bachelor of International Relations from La Trobe University, a Master of European Studies (Law) and International Studies from Monash University.

Previously: 2017 Mary Fran Myers Awardees - Debra Parkinson and the late Claire Zara

Debra Parkinson and the late Claire Zara were joint awardees in partnership with the Victorian Gender in Disaster Collaboration, Susie Reid WHGNE, Helen Riseborough WHIN, Frank Archer MUDRI, Craig Lapsley EMV and Carmel Flynn DHHS for making significant and sustained contributions to the body of knowledge on gender and disasters, advancing gender-sensitive policy and practice and contributing to a worldwide network promoting women’s opportunities in disaster-related professions.


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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