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Debra Parkinson receives the 2017 Mary Fran Myers Award

Lori Peek, new Director of the Natural Hazards Center, Boulder, Colorado, and Maureen Fordham of GDN with Debra Parkinson receiving the MAry Fran Myers award on behalf of herself and her colleagues. Read more here about this year's winners.

GDN at the Global Platform 2017

GDN had a busy week in Cancun, Mexico at the 2017 UNISDR Global Platform on DRR. The GDN booth was a hive of activity.

The GP2017 was a great chance to meet more LAC members!

The posters were successful in engaging participants in thinking how our ideas have changed - or not! - over the decades since GDN began.

See the posters full size on this page

Also the timeline poster attracted a number of additions

See the posters full size on this page

2017 Mary Fran Myers Award

The 2017 Mary Fran Myers award has been awarded jointly to Debra Parkinson and the late Claire Zara, and the Victorian Gender in Disaster Collaboration, Susie Reid WHGNE, Helen Riseborough WHIN, Frank Archer MUDRI, Craig Lapsley EMV and Carmel Flynn DHHS

The group has made significant and sustained contributions to the body of knowledge on gender and disasters and has advanced gender-sensitive policy and practice, contributing to a worldwide network promoting women’s opportunities in disaster-related professions. Read more here.


Oxfam's new (May 2017) 'how to' guide is based on experiences from their impact evaluations. It presents a useful framework to guide measurement of women's empowerment.

Changes at the personal level take place within the person - changes in how a woman sees herself, how she considers her role in society and that of other women, how she sees her economic role, and her confidence in deciding and taking actions that concern herself and other women.

Changes at the relational level take place in the relationships and power relations within the woman’s surrounding network - changes both within the household and within the community, and encompasses markets, local authorities and decision makers.

Finally, changes at the environmental level take place in the broader context - can be informal changes, such as in social norms and attitudes and the beliefs of wider society, or they can be formal changes in the political and legislative framework.

Link here or download it here

International Day of Women & Girls in Science – 11 February

This International Day of Women and Girls in Science is an opportunity for all to take a stand for girls and women in science.

women and girls in science dayGirls continue to face stereotypes and social and cultural restrictions, limiting access to education and funding for research, preventing them from scientific careers and reaching their full potential. Women remain a minority in science research and decision-making. Read more here

Eight principles of best practice in United States' urban risk management in the current political context

Disaster risk reduction scientists in the United States have prepared a brief paper on the challenges likely to be faced by emergency management, especially by FEMA and in so-called Sanctuary Cities, as a result of new and future policies of the new US administration. Download the eight principles here.

GDN will be 20 years old in July!

20th birthday cake

We would love to hear from anyone at the original GDN meeting at the Natural Hazards Workshop in Boulder, Colorado in July 1997. See our Founders' page for some of those who were there. Email gdn@gdnonline.org if you have information.

We will be celebrating and strategising at the 42nd Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop (Sunday, July 9 through Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at the Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, Colorado, USA). Please join us!

GDN – Looking Back and Moving Forward

Twenty years ago, we (some of us) were concerned particularly with the invisibility, and even active suppression, of women in disasters. Emergency/disaster management was an almost totally male-dominated and militarized professional world and the images of disasters reflected a strong masculine bias (images of active men, taking control; images of technology; passive images of women and children in need of rescue; but never seen as actors and rescuers in their own right. In general, the situation now is somewhat better but nowhere near as diverse as it should be. Gender is still equated with 'women' because we are still, globally, in the grip of patriarchal power. Also, more prosaically, a bureaucratic reductionism continues to seek to manage complexity by reducing it to one or two manageable categories.
The next 20 years will bring many challenges but one of them for the Gender and Disaster community will be to better integrate what are currently distinct and discrete categories of the social world; people of different gender, race, ethnicity, colour, caste, class, sexual orientation, language, faith, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, age, dis/ability, education or developmental level, geopolitical or other status, and especially those in violent or vulnerable situations. This requires many things but embraces an inclusive, inter- or cross-sectional philosophy and practice, in whatever professional and personal capacity one finds oneself.
What, practically speaking, does this mean? What concrete steps can we make or suggest?
One example is the global expression of solidarity in outrage and opposition to misogyny, wider prejudice and other abuses of power on Saturday 21 January 2016.

Womens March London 21-1-2017 Here is one image from that day; this one from London (source: Kevin Blanchard) but there were many more in other parts of the world. Please send your own (gdn@gdnonline.org) to express some of that diversity mentioned above. However, it is important to keep in mind that many of those we choose to focus on are not free to express publicly what we have been voicing here but risk violence to themselves and others if they do so.


A personal View from the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) Innovation Forum

By Sanaz Sohrabizadeh from Iran

I was invited to represent the Gender and Disaster Network (GDN) at the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) Innovation Forum which was held in Morocco on 12-13 November 2016. On the first day of the Forum, after my arrival from Tehran, I was surprised to see so many participants who were interested in gender and climate change issues and who had come together from different regions of the world... Read more here

See GGCA's resources on disaster risk reduction DRR) here

Thinking about Intersectionality

Often we focus on just one issue to the exclusion of others; for example, in our disaster context we focus on gender. However, the reality is that there are many factors operating at the same time which better describe a situation.

Gender and disaster plus age (your age or stage in the life course (adolescence, old age, reproductive age) can be a determining factor in how you experience a disaster or everyday life;

Gender and disaster plus health and wealth;

Gender and disaster plus disability and sexuality (see Cerebral Palsy and LGBT as a topic that has not been addressed in our field).

We could list many more examples which indicate a more complex picture that must be acknowledged and dealt with. If you have other ideas for missing cross cutting issues then let us know at GDN (gdn@gdnonline.org).


Time to Act on Gender, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction

Time To ActUN Women has just published as new report: Time to Act on Gender, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction. An overview of progress in the Pacific region with evidence from The Republic of Marshall Islands, Vanuatu and Samoa.

This overview report presents evidence from the current literature and from primary data collection on the gender dimensions of climate change and disasters in the Pacific region.

Download the report from UN Women here or from the GDN website here


'Women Act for Climate Justice: Ten Days of Global Mobilization'

climate action

This is a worldwide call for women and girls to bring light to their climate struggles and solutions by sending in photos and statements; or through escalated actions including but not limited to educational events, community projects, protests and marches. Go here for more.

Add your voice - submit an action - here


What were you doing October 13?

"Live to Tell" - International Day for Disaster Reduction 2016

The International Day for Disaster Reduction is held every 13 October. IDDR2016It celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face. The 2016 edition marks the launch of the new "Sendai Seven" campaign, centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework. This year's target is reducing mortality and "Live to Tell".

Tell us what you were doing!


Dr Lori Peek - the next Director of the Natural Hazards Center

Lori PeekCongratulations to Lori Peek who has been selected as the next Director of the Boulder, Colorado-based Natural Hazards Center. Lori will take over as the next director in January 2017.

Lori Peek is an award-winning sociologist, author, and disaster scholar, who has been a long term and active member of the Gender and Disaster Network. Read more here


Joint Statement on Women and Girls towards the Global Refugee and Migrant Summits, September 2016

This joint statement, signed by 42 grassroots women-led civil society organisations, human rights and humanitarian agencies, outlines recommendations for commitments by states attending the Global Refugee and Migrant Summits, to ensure the protection and safety of refugee women and girls.joint statment logos

Joint statement in English here | French here | Spanish here | Arabic here

South Asia Women's Resilience Index (WRI)

An interactive data visualisation tool produced by ActionAid, in partnership with The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). WRI

This tool maps detailed data from the Women's Resilience Index (WRI) displaying eight countries capacity for risk reduction in disaster and recovery, and the extent to which women are considered in the national rebuilding efforts. Go here for more information. Download the full report from The Economist Intelligence Unit (2014) here or from the GDN website here (4MB).

Interventions that work: 'Reducing Vulnerability of Women Affected by Climate Change through Livelihood Options'

UN Women reportUN Women, supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dhaka, and with two implementing partners - BRAC and Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) - launched the project, "Reducing Vulnerability of Women Affected by Climate Change through Livelihood Options" in December 2011.

The project succeeded in several ways set out in this evaluation report: Reducing Vulnerability of Women Affected by Climate Change through Livelihood Options: Final Evaluation Report by Nielsen Bangladesh. 2015. Download it here or go here for further information.



DRR Dynamics - The 2015 Landmark Agreements - Building a Gender-Inclusive Path for Implementation

DRR Dynamics, led by Kevin Blanchard, is organising a meeting on The 2015 Landmark Agreements - Building a Gender-Inclusive Path for Implementation. 15 September 2016 (15:00 - 17:30 EST) UN Women, New York City. #DRRLive. Flyer.
DRR Live

The full 2016 Global Gender and Environment Outlook (GGEO) is now available online

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) made a commitment at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in 2012 to undertake this Global Gender and Environment Outlook (GGEO), recognizing the importance of highlighting gender from an environmental perspective and in response to a call from the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders for the Environment. The purpose of the GGEO is to review links between gender and the environment, and to inform policy decisions aimed at increasing gender equality.

GGEOThe Global Gender and Environment Outlook is a collaborative project between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Strategic Partners to bring gender issues to the heart of environmental assessment and decision-making.

Coordinating and Lead Author Joni Seager said about the process of researching and writing the report:

"What we were doing was setting a benchmark, establishing the centrality of gender analysis for environmental assessment, and giving voice and visibility to the work done by hundreds -- thousands? -- of feminist, women's, and allied groups to ensure that women's as well as men's lives are visible in environmental work."

Download the report!

You can download the full report (this is a very large report of 77 MB) from the GDN website here

Or from UNEP here

Or you can download the Summary Report (3 MB) from the GDN website here

Or from UNEP here

There is more information on the UNEP GGEO website here

The Global Gender and Environment Outlook (GGEO) 2016: The Critical Issues - launched at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA)

The GGEO (download the report here) provides an overview of existing knowledge to generate insights and propose some answers to the following key policy-relevant questions:

• What social forces are producing the changes seen in the environment, and are they gender dependent?
• What are the large-scale consequences of ongoing ecological changes for social systems and human security, and are the impacts gender-differentiated?
• What do future projections and outlooks look like, are they gender-differentiated, and will there be different outcomes for women and men?
• What actions could be taken for a more sustainable future that will position women and men as equal agents in taking such actions, and which socio-economic factors will shape different outcomes and responses for women and men?

GGE) 2016

The GGEO has been developed and written by a global team of almost 50 experts, with inputs from major groups and international organizations.

GGEO The Critical Issues is an abridged version of the comprehensive GGEO, prepared specifically for United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi in May 2016. The full report will be available later in 2016.

Download the report here


Asia and Pacific Regional Conference on Gender and DRR. Hanoi, Viet Nam, 16-18 May 2016

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was adopted at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan in March 2015 with the key objective of preventing new risks, reducing existing risks and building resilience. The Sendai Framework further stresses the need to integrate gender perspectives in all policies and practices, as well to promote women's leadership. In light of the new framework on disaster risk reduction and changing contexts of the post-2015 development agenda, UN Women and Government of Viet Nam, in collaboration with UNISDR and UNDP, and with support from the Government of Japan is organizing a Regional Asia-Pacific Conference on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction to mark one year of the adaptation of the Sendai Framework.


The aim of the regional conference is to provide a forum for Governments, the civil society, the academia and UN agencies and other development partners to discuss how gender equality and women's participation can be integrated into targets, indicators and actions when developing implementation plans at regional, national and local levels. See more

Wallowa Mountain Wildfire - Patricia Turner


Visit the Disaster Quilting Project

The new Disaster Quilting Project showcases the work of quilters from around the world who have worked with a disaster theme to share feelings and experiences.

Wallowa Mountain Wildfire – Patricia Turner




What do you think are the latest discourses in gender and DRR?

GDN members recently discussed what they thought were some of the newer ideas about gender and DRR. What we noted was how far we have come since the early days of addressing gender and disasters, when it was very much about just making women visible at all.

Here are GDN's (ongoing) suggestions:

1. A shift away from only considering women as vulnerable and towards recognising their capacities; from seeing women as born vulnerable to realizing their strength of resilience which is key to disaster recovery and risk reduction
2. A greater emphasis on rights-based approaches instead of needs-based approaches
3. The inclusion of girls and not just women
4. A focus on violence against women and girls (VAWG)
5. Emphasise that CHILDREN are affected by violence. We do a disservice to boy children by excluding them, as if they are not vulnerable or even more so in the aftermath of a disaster
6. A focus on broadening the concept of gender to include, in addition to women and girls:
a. men and masculinities;
b. LGBTI and those who do not identify with western-based categories of sexual identity
c. other social categories (age, race/ethnicity, etc)
7. A shift away from a gender/women and single hazard approach towards risk reduction and development concerns
8. The beginnings of a collaboration between those who work mostly on disaster risk reduction and those whose emphasis is more on climate change (DRR and CCA) including climate linked coping mechanisms in conjunction with the traditional modes of survival that women and other householders use in times of emergency
9. Human Trafficking and Violence against Women and Children in the aftermath of a disaster
10. Gendered disaster vulnerabilities across the age spectrum, especially for older persons
11. Strengthening resilience and knowledge about how the body releases trauma and restores health and wellbeing. Developing a "Trauma Risk Reduction" integrative approach based on psychobiological knowledge, information and wisdom.
12. Women's Health in Emergency Care and the establishment of educational and research endeavors that promote sex- and gender-specific medicine and women's health as it relates to the practice of emergency medicine
13. Increasing focus on the unique health and hygiene needs of women and girls, particularly menstrual health
14. Action on sexual reproductive health and rights more broadly
15. NGOs' and grassroots groups' exploitation of media platforms to preserve & claim women's rights, and legal measures to prevent violence against women as well girls
16. Shifting from just physical assessments to the inclusion of the social and the household in damage assessments
17. Greater awareness of how ground realities do and should shape DRR work at higher levels
18. The impact the discourse on the participation of women, children, LGBT etc. in community-based DRR has had on participation more broadly (ie trickle down of inclusivity)
19. Interest in the role of women in sustainability in DRR, development and recovery
20. Beginnings of a shifting from vulnerability reduction and aid, to economic opportunities and investments to support gendered DRR and recovery
21. Investing in capacity building for women and children in early warning systems
22. Leadership and communication
23. Inclusion of adolescent girls and boys and establishment of friendly spaces, services and information
24. And a cautionary note:
There is a concern that singling out particular groups may lead to exclusiveness rather than inclusiveness, which may be problematic. Addressing unequal power relations underpinning disaster risk requires dialogue rather than a silo approach, i.e. those with power need to recognise that gender affects others' vulnerability and capacities. Therefore, it is suggested to clarify up front that, by nature, gender in DRR is about girls and women, boys and men, LGBTIs, and all those who do not identify within the Western male-female binary nor within LGBTI 'categories', and that all these identities intersect with age, race/ethnicity, physical ability, etc. However, sometimes exclusiveness is necessary to bring focus and understanding of needs, capacities, vulnerabilities of a specific group until they get included.

If there is a volunteer (or volunteers) out there willing to do some literature searching to back up these suggestions with evidence thenplease contact Maureen Fordham at gdn@gdnonline.org

A new network in Austria - we4DRR

Between 2 to 4 March 2016 the network, Women Exchange 4 Disaster Risk Reduction, was launched at a Symposium in Hittisau, Austria. International female experts met to set the basis for a network in Europe.

The symposium was organised by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU). The network aims to enable professional and personal exchanges of knowledge on an international level. The major topics will be gender issues in the context of disaster risk reduction and increasing the visibility of female experts in the field.

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Sendai meeting agrees new platform

UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. 27-29 January 2016 Geneva, Switzerland

Report by Kevin Blanchard

Gender featured heavily in the UNISDR Science and Technology Conference. Discussions ranged from the Opening Plenary session where Stella Gama (Assistant Director of Forestry, Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining in Malawi) argued for inclusion of gender equality in both application of DRR but also within the scientific and technical communities developing the solutions to humanitarian emergencies, to a side event entitled 'Science & Tech for Addressing Gender Inequality of Disaster Risk' where Daniel Seymour (Deputy Director of UN Women) moderated a wide ranging discussion on the important issue of a change of discourse. One that sees women and girls as agents for change and active participants in DRR policy and practice and doesn't reduce women and girls to the stereotype of victims.

Breaking News: A new platform

As a direct outcome of the Side Event: Science and Technology for Addressing Gender Inequality of Disaster Risk, and the hard work put in by many colleagues from GDN, Public Health England, UN Women, UNISDR, UNESCO and the University of Geneva (see full list below), agreement was reached to launch a platform tasked with the promotion of women and girls in DRR science, technology and practice. The platform will be supported and developed in conjunction with UNISDR, UNESCO and UN Women and will seek to partner with networks such as GDN and others.

We are anxious to begin the process of making the idea of the platform, a reality. If anyone has any comments, questions or offers of help with this exciting development, please contact Kevin directly on Kevin@drrd.org.uk. He will then share with the rest of the Platform organising team and report back to GDN.

See the Concept Note: Science and Technology for Addressing Gender Inequality of Disaster Risk

Members of the organising team:
• Blerta Aliko - UN Women
• Danielle Bicknell - UNESCO
• Kevin Blanchard - Public Health England / GDN
• Jennifer Breslin - UN Women
• Saniye Gulser Corat - UNESCO
• Maureen Fordham - GDN
• Leah Kimber - University of Geneva
• Alexandros Makarigakis - UNESCO
• Marianne Olesen - UN Women
• Cheney Shreve - GDN
• Virginia Murray - Public Health England
• Chadia Wannous - UNISDR

New Gender and Disaster Taskforce website in Australia

In 2015, the first Australian 'Gender and Disaster Taskforce' was established. It is Co-Chaired by the Emergency Management Commissioner, Craig Lapsley and the Executive Officer of Women's Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE), Susie Reid, and has representatives from Women's Health In the North and all major Victorian ESOs, the community, government and academic sectors. The taskforce has the purpose of 'providing state-wide strategic direction and leadership to reduce the compounding effects of gender on disaster impacts' and has seven specific objectives.

This work is bringing a gender-focus to disaster policy, planning, training and practice, in order to improve the support that men and women receive before and after disaster, mitigate risks to men and women's health and wellbeing post-disaster, and build awareness of the critical need for attention to gender in disaster planning and community recovery.
Find the website here: http://www.whealth.com.au/environmentaljustice/gender-disaster-taskforce.html

And look out for the Gender & Disaster Pod

Climate change is about much more than climate change
Climate change is about...women

Democracy Center

Promotional video for the Democracy Center photo project 'Climate Change is About...Women'. Includes testimonies from representatives of the Departmental Association of Women Farmers (ADEMUC), Peru https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtsalyhQOjQ

GDN in Japan - The World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 14-18 March 2015 Sendai, Japan

The Gender and Disaster Network was at the World Conference World on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan 14-18 March 2015 (see the Conference Website) where we had a booth, a poster display, and a public event with the Japan Women's Network for Disaster Risk Reduction.

GDN in Japan - View our WCDRR page here


Launching the first of a new GDN series: Doing Gender and Disaster. First issue: Women's Voices

Download the first issue here

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: Rosemary Du Plessis, Judith Sutherland, Liz Gordon and Helen Gibson

See the new GDN page for Doing Gender & Disaster

A Japanese Women's Perspective on Disaster Risk Reduction

This document relates the history and some of the experiences of the Japan Women's Network for Disaster Risk Reduction, especially in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. Link here. Download here.

18 December 2015 - International Migrants Day

Start with the UN page [here] and then look back at the BRIDGE Five reasons why gender matters for migrants' rights [here]

Congratulations to all our colleagues, partners and members who have been working tirelessly for a gendered and just climate change agreement in Paris

Go to 'Women and Gender Constituency Position Paper on the 2015 New Climate Agreement'

or download
'a Gender Responsive National Communications Toolkit developed by UNDP'

like the FaceBook page of Climate Wise Women


read 'A Reality Check on the Paris Agreement from the Women and Gender Constituency (WGC) 12 December 2015'


GDN in Geneva at the Preparatory Committee, second session

GDN was part of the Women's Major Group at the Preparatory Committee, second session, in Geneva (17-18 November 2014). The group, some of whom are shown in the photograph below, worked hard to influence the wording of the Zero Draft and to gain support from Member States.

Women's Major Group

You can hear (and see) the Women's Major Group statement here. Official documents from the Preparatory Committee, second session,
17-18 November 2014 are located here

UN Women - World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development

UN Women World SurveyClimate change has tremendous social, economic and environmental consequences. Its effects are being felt in floods, droughts, and devastated landscapes and livelihoods. Women and girls are among the most affected by these changes, given the precariousness of their livelihoods, and because they bear the burden of securing shelter, food, water and fuel, while facing constraints on their access to land and natural resources. As the global community grapples with the challenges of charting trajectories to sustainable development and in defining the Sustainable Development Goals, the World Survey 2014 emphasizes the centrality of gender equality to this endeavour. Download | Link to website


Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity from the World Bank

World Bank

"Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity" World Bank 2014

The key findings of the report include:
• girls with little or no education are far more likely to be married as children, suffer domestic violence, live in poverty, and lack a say over household spending or their own health care than better-educated peers, which harms them, their children, and communities;
• across 18 of the 20 countries with the highest prevalence of child marriage, girls with no education were up to six times more likely to marry than girls with high school education;
• enhanced agency—the ability to make decisions and act on them—is a key reason why children of better educated women are less likely to be stunted: educated mothers have greater autonomy in making decisions and more power to act for their children's benefit.

Klugman, Jeni; Hanmer, Lucia; Twigg, Sarah; Hasan, Tazeen; McCleary-Sills, Jennifer; Santamaria, Julieth. 2014. Voice and Agency : Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity. Washington, DC: World Bank Group. © World Bank. | Link | Download |

World Bank Declines to Adopt a Mandatory Gender Policy - Gender Action Review

Source: Gender Review and Recommendations on the:
World Bank Environmental and Social Framework: Setting Standards for Sustainable Development (First Draft) by Elaine Zuckerman September 2014 | Link |

Gender Action reports that the World Bank's first Draft Environmental and Social Framework updating the Bank's two decades-old Safeguard Policies is disappointing because its proposed Environmental and Social Standards (ESSs) do not include a freestanding mandatory gender standard, and the Draft does not "mainstream" gender issues despite inputs from Civil society promoting these.

Gender Action http://www.genderaction.org is dedicated to promoting gender justice and women's rights in all International Financial Institution (IFI) investments such as those of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Gender Action's goal is to ensure that women and men equally participate in and benefit from all IFI investments.

Ebola's gendered impacts

Source: PassBlue: Ebola's Treacherous Claw Reaches Women the Most by Sierra Ortega on Sep 23, 2014

Ebola, Sierra Leone, pregnant woman

The United Nations has been almost the sole international body to ring any alarm bells about the disproportionate effect of the Ebola disease outbreak on women and children, where it has found that up to 75 percent of reported cases are women and approximately 2.5 million children under 5 years old live in Ebola-affected areas. The disease is centered in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with very low numbers of isolated cases located in Nigeria and Senegal, all in West Africa.

Humanitarian workers attribute the disproportionately high numbers of women affected to their traditional role as caregivers, noting that they are more likely to care for sick family members — cooking and serving food, cleaning the sick and washing their clothes — putting them at heightened risk for infection. More...


Post-2015 Looking Ahead

International Women's Day!

March 8th 2015

make it happen

International Women's Day 2015 Theme: MAKE IT HAPPEN

All around the world, International Women's Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.

Make It Happen is the 2015 theme, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women.

Each year International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women's Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.

We are getting closer to 2015 when a number of international plans and agreements come to an end. What should we plan for, post-2015? If you are interested in adding to the discussion, send your ideas to the GDN email list (you need to register with GDN first) or email Maureen Fordham (maureen.fordham@northumbria.ac.uk).

The GDN email list has been discussing, amongst oither things, strategies for engaging men and boys as allies of and partners with women and girls. This page has some resources from Men's Resources International - please let us know of more.

Call for UN action to end violence against women and girls

The United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign aims to raise public awareness and increase political will and resources for preventing and ending all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.

One in three women will be a victim of violence – being raped, beaten or abused in her lifetime. In some parts of the world a girl is more likely to be raped than learn how to read. More...

Gender and Climate Change: PNG woman leads relocation of island community hit by climate change

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation: 8 Aug 2014. Author: Thin Lei Win.

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Ursula Rakova of Han (part of the Carteret Atoll in the southwest Pacific) is leading the permanent resettlement of some 2,000 climate refugees from the atoll to mainland Bougainville, a three-hour boat ride away.

The G(irls)20 Summit meets before the leaders of the world's most powerful nations meet at the G20 Leader's Summit in Brisbane, Australia in November 2014. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE GIRLS 20 SUMMIT IS JANUARY 10, 2014. APPLICATION FORM link

Partners for Prevention 2013 WHY DO SOME MEN USE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND HOW CAN WE PREVENT IT? A UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and UNV regional joint programme for gender-based violence prevention in Asia and the Pacific. Quantitative Findings from the United Nations Multi-Country Study on Men and Violence in Asia and the Pacific. Bangkok. Link

The latest report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of the Republic of the Philippines regarding Typhoon Yolanda
forwarded by Marlon de Luna Era Download (5.6MB)

See also the Official Gazette - the official journal of the Republic of the Philippines link

'Make women agents for resilience'

Source: 16 Sep 2014. Source:United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Arab States (UNISDR ROAS). By Denis McClean

2nd Arab Conference on Disaster Risk ReductionSharm El Sheikh - There were calls for gender to be mainstreamed into the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction in a major debate on the role of women as change agents for resilience at the 2nd Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Moderator, Dr. Haifa Abu Ghazaleh, Assistant Secretary-General, League of Arab States, said she hoped the participating Arab countries would take the discussion into account. Women need to have greater involvement in decision-making and disaster mitigation.

"There are things known only by women and should be taken into account developing policies for disaster risk mitigation," she said.

Dr. Wadid A. Rahman, from the first all-women's college in the region, Sudan's Ahfad University for Women, said: "women and their role as change agents in their societies is often overlooked in the disaster context where they are often categorized as vulnerable and helpless."

Research undertaken in Victoria warns that the effects of large scale bushfire on men reach far into the future, with consequences such as increased aggression, suicide, alcohol consumption and mental health issues, often hidden from view. Just Ask Conference, Melbourne, Australia. Brochure. Media Release.

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is looking for a consultant to Develop a Gender Analysis Tool for Responses to Disaster Scenario's. Deadline for expression of interest: November 15, 2013. More

The Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies invites authors to submit papers for a Special Issue of the journal on Gender and Disasters. More

Different Needs - Equal Opportunities: Increasing Effectiveness of Humanitarian Action for Women, Girls, Boys and Men e-learning platform provided by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Sub-Working Group on Gender and Humanitarian Action link

Disaster Prevention and Reconstruction from a Gender Equal Society Perspective - Lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake. From the "White Paper on Gender Equality 2012". Summary. Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, June 2012. Link

International Women's Day 2014

Women There were many events around the world. below are just a couple of them from our GDN members.

Oxfam have a special page for IWD here and a map to show what Oxfam staff and partners have been doing.


Helen Keller International (HKI) and WorldFish held a joint event to celebrate International Women's Day. Below are some slideshows for sharing:

HKI approach to gender in Bangladesh - here

Equality for women is progress for all - here

Gender transformative approaches in nutrition and aquatic agricultural interventions - here

Fish for nutrition and gender - here



A familiar story for GDN members: Women and girls in areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan face an increased risk of violence, sexual exploitation and trafficking

Women and girls in areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan face an increased risk of violence, sexual exploitation and trafficking, say experts, since the storm struck the central Philippines, leaving over 6,000 dead and more than 4 million displaced. (EASTERN SAMAR, 16 December 2013 (IRIN))

A young woman sifts through the wreckage of her home
A young woman sifts through the wreckage of her home
Photo: David Swanson/IRIN

But read the whole story to see how the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and others have made interventions to reduce the risk. More...

There is a backlash against equality for women says new Head of UN Women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the new Head of UN Women, said there is "a definite backlash against equality for women" and that we need to win over men to crack this issue. Read more from the Associated Press.

CGIAR Research Program On Climate Change, Agriculture And Food Security (CCAFS) and Food And Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations (FAO) 2012 Training Guide: Gender And Climate Change Research In Agriculture And Food Security For Rural Development. Link Here | Download Here

Women and Disaster Information Sheets from Women's Health Goulburn North East, Australia here. See also this page for more information and resources.

Gender and Vulnerability to Cholera in Sierra Leone: Gender analysis of the 2012 cholera outbreak and an assessment of Oxfam's response. Report here and Oxfam link here

"Japan-Canada Policy Dialogue on Democracy, Diversity, and Disasters: From Ottawa to Tokyo" - event organised by the Embassy of Canada, with the Japan-Canada Interdisciplinary Research Network on Gender, Diversity and Tohoku Reconstruction. Friday, March 14, 2014 from 15:00-17:00. Embassy of Canada, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Flyer [745kb] in English, French and Japanese

Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs in Humanitarian Settings: An In-depth Look at Family Planning Services by Women's Refugee Commission and Save the Children (2013). this link provides the report in Arabic, French and Spanish as well as English

RACHEL E. LUFT 2008 Looking for Common Ground: Relief Work in Post-Katrina New Orleans as an American Parable of Race and Gender Violence, NWSA Journal, Vol. 20 No. 3 (Fall) here

Global Thematic Consultatation on the Post-2015 Development Agenda: ADDRESSING INEQUALITIES: Synthesis Report of Global Public Consultation
Co-led by UNICEF and UN Women. Link

Oxfam 2012 Post-2015 Development Goals: Oxfam International Position Paper here


'Climate Extreme: How young people can respond to disasters in a changing world' by Plan on behalf of the Children in a Changing Climate coalition. More... | Download

UNDP 2012 Integrating Gender in Disaster Management in Small Island Developing States: A Guide, CRMI Caribbean Risk Management Initiative, More...

Disaster Risk Reduction in Liberia – How do international humanitarian organizations involve and promote local capacities in Disaster Risk Reduction in Liberia; and what is the local women's role? Masters thesis by Teea Emilia Holmgren & Anne Katrine Moe 2012. Download here (1 MB).

Step Up for Disaster Risk Reduction: Appreciate, Encourage and Empower the Female Voice, The Better India. More...

Climate Change, Gender and Development in Africa, AfDB, More...

Please see this flyer on the manual "Gender, Conflict and Disasters in South Asia" (2012) published by Visthar, Bangalore, authored by Mercy Kappen and Ranjani Murthy. Download flyer

Women and Girls on the Map go to our crowdmap and submit your own report of women and girls working actively for DRR! More...

LGBTQ Disaster Assistance - supporting the resilience of sexual minorities and gender diverse individuals, households, and communities in disaster and emergency management across the globe.

'Japan quake took toll on women and elderly' Brigitte Leoni. More...

"Men care about families" - Rifka Annisa men’s program by Rachmad Hidayat More...

Gender brief for the Pacific delegates attending Rio +20 more...

This year's Mary Fran Myers Award winner - Damairia Pakpahan - congratulations! More...

USAID Women in Development - Frontlines. Link

Girls in Risk Reduction Leadership (GIRRL) Project. Project link | video

Women's Health Goulburn North East 2011 Beating the Flames: Women escaping and surviving Black Saturday. Edited by Debra Parkinson and Claire Zara

Women's Health Goulburn North East 2011 The way he tells it: Relationships after Black Saturday Written by Debra Parkinson, and based on interviews by Debra Parkinson and Claire Zara

Rural Women & Migration – International Organization for Migration 2012 link download

NIDM Ecosystem Approach to Disaster Risk Reduction download

"We Deserve Better" LGBTQ YOUTH DELIVER TRAINING VIDEO TO THE New Orleans Police Department. Youth Breakout

National Center for Transgender Equality"Making Shelters Safe for Transgender Evacuees"download


Devaki Jain and Diane Elson 2011 Harvesting Feminist Knowledge for Public Policy: Rebuilding Progress, Sage India and International Development Research Centre. Download

Women Confronting Natural Disaster: From Vulnerability to Resilience by ELAINE ENARSON. More

Gender & disaster risk reduction
Consolidated recommendations, 1996-2009. More

Third Workshop On Gender And Disasters Kocaeli, Turkey, 2007. More

Isis International - Women in Action Publication - Women in a Weary World - Climate Change and Women in the Global South. More


Gender Equity Index 2012: The gap has not reached an “acceptable” level in any country. More

Head of UN Gender Entity Expresses ‘Deep Regret’ as Commission on Status of Women Concludes without Adopting Agreed Conclusions. More

Capire, the music of the World March of Women, in 24 languages. For more, go here

BRIDGE Cutting Edge Pack on Gender and Climate Change Bridge - Gender and Climate Change

"World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development" World Bank link (on GDN) and a critique here: Shahra Razavi "World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development
An Opportunity Both Welcome and Missed (An Extended Commentary)" UNITED NATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT link (on GDN)

Practical Action: Coping with Disasters 2010 (photos and notes on reducing vulnerability and natural resource management) more...
plus video: Turning compost into food, DW-TV broadcast more...

"The Women of Katrina: How Gender, Race, and Class Matter in an American Disaster" edited by Emmanuel David and Elaine Enarson - more...

Resources on children and DRR: Plan International Child-Centred DRR Toolkit; Plan Child-Centred DRR: Building Resilience Through Participation; List of Plan videos on children and DRR

Video: GIRRL (Girls in Risk Reduction Leadership) Project of the African Centre for Disaster Studies more...

The International Recovery Platform and UNDP-India Guidance Note on Recovery: Gender

National Rural Women’s Coalition and Network project: Weather the Storm – Women Prepare Contact Kate Lawrence


"Don't bother us with GENDER now, this is an emergency!" Statement from GDN members on the famine in the Horn of Africa

Gender and famine: Resources for researchers and practitioners. Gender and Disaster Network.

UNIFEM urges serious international attention to drought in Horn of Africa- gender needs and risks

Weathering the Storm: Adolescent Girls and Climate Change. Plan International. Click the title to download the report.

Making Women's Voices Count in Disaster Risk Reduction Programs. Tokyo Learning Development Center. Click the title to watch recording.

Gender-Responsive Strategies on Climate Change: Recent Progress and Ways Forward for Donors. Agnes Otzelberger. BRIDGE/IDS. Click the title to download report.

Congratulations to Mirta Rodriguez Calderon recipient of the 2011 Mary Fran Myers Gender and Disaster Award. Read Mirta's profile here.

Gender-responsive disaster management seminar. 20-29 October, 2011. Japan. Organised by the National Women's Education Center of Japan (NWEC). Click this link to download flyer.

2011 GDN Oral Statement presented by Rosa Sanchez del Valle at the 3rd Session of the Global Platform on DRR. Watch the video from Preventionweb. Download the statement in English | Spanish.

Download the GDN posters and flyer.

Women Building Their Future: Gender Breakthroughs in Post-Tsunami Aceh, UNIFEM 2009

Information on response and recovery from the women of Japan

Christchurch earthquake: Report from the frontlines. Click the title to access report by Ros Houghton.

Gender Action's Essential Gender Analysis Checklist

Estampas: la Ayiti que se levanta (Images: Haiti that Rises upon the Occasion) written by Maria Suarez, Feminist International Radio Endeavour. Press release in English | Spanish.

International Network of Women in Emergency Management (INWEM) data on gender and diversity. Available at www.inwem.org and downloadable here.

GenderCC Summary Recommendations for gendered research in the context of Climate Change. Link. Download

Two documents discusssed 9 September 2010 on GDN:
Making Disaster Risk Reduction Gender-Sensitive: Policy and Practical Guidelines


New Orleans, Louisiana, August 31, 2010: Who is listening to the women of the Gulf Coast? The silence about their concerns is deafening. Read more...

Gendering DRR -- Resources for emergency responders, humanitarian workers. Read more...

Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres con Enfoque de Género. Recursos Claves. Read more...

Resources on inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in conflict and post-conflict discourse. Stephanie Ortoleva, Esq. From WUNRN Listserv.

Disaster risk reduction, gender and youth. Soroptimist International.

A K M Mamunur Rashid and Hasan Al Shafie (Developers) and Mohammad Mohiuddin (Editor). 2009 PRACTICING GENDER & SOCIAL INCLUSION in DISASTER RISK REDUCTION. Facilitators Guidebook. Directorate of Relief and Rehabilitation, Ministry of Food and Disaster Management, GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF BANGLADESH. Download here

GenderCC Summary Recommendations for gendered research in the context of Climate Change. Link. Download

Making Disaster Risk Reduction Gender-Sensitive: Policy and Practical Guidelines: Policy and Practical Guidelines. http://www.preventionweb.net/files/9922_MakingDisasterRiskReductionGenderSe.pdf or stored on GDN here

USAID/India. Submitted by: Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) and Chemonics International Inc. Authors: Mary Hope Schwoebel and Geeta Menon, June 2004 http://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/Pnade337.pdf or stored on GDN here

Gendering DRR -- Resources for emergency responders, humanitarian workers. Read more...

Brenda Phillips - 2010 Mary Fran Myers Award winner. Read more...

GDN reaching out in Haiti -- how can we help? Read more...

Tens of thousands of pregnant women at risk.

Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres con Enfoque de Género. Recursos Claves. Read more...

HARD-WON LESSONS: RESPONDING TO WOMEN’S INTERESTS AND NEEDS IN THE GULF COAST OIL SPILL. From the US Gender and Disaster Resilience Alliance http://www.usgdra.org/. The GDRA offers these considerations for shaping a national response that respects and builds on women’s past experience. Much has already been learned in the US about how the lives of women and men, boys and girls are transformed by disasters of all kinds. The GDRA stands ready to help put this knowledge to use through dialogue, communications networks, local subject experts, bibliographies, case studies from past US disasters, public awareness materials, a consultant roster, good practice guides and more. Download here (51kb)

"Integrating Gender into Community Based Disaster Risk Management. Training Manual". CBDRM Training and Learning Circle-Philippines; Center for Disaster Preparedness; All India Disaster Mitigation Institute; Asian Disaster Preparedness Center; ProVention Consortium; Special Unit for South - South Cooperation in UNDP. Please acknowledge the Center for Disaster Preparedness 2010. download here (7MB)

17 May 2010 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Christiana Figueres of Costa Rica to lead United Nations efforts to combat climate change. Read more

"Gender and Climate Change Research: Gaps and Questions" | Symposium organized by GenderCC, in collaboration with Bread for the World, BRIDGE (Institute of Development Studies), EED (Church Development Service) and GDN (Gender & Disaster Network) | Monday 7 June 2010 | 09:00 – 17:00. Gustav-Stresemann-Institute, Bonn / Germany (Langer Grabenweg 68). | Download invitation | Further information: m.rolle@gendercc.netwww.gendercc.net

Where are the women of Haiti? To amplify Haitian women's voices, a collective effort of more than 100 international women's organizations and networks held a press conference and parallel event across the street from the Donors' Conference ...Read more

Response to the Chilean earthquake - message from GDN (Respuesta al terremoto en Chile - mensaje desde GDN)

Gendering DRR -- Resources for emergency responders, humanitarian workers, etc

Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres con Enfoque de Género. Recursos Claves.

Responding to the Haitian earthquake

Asia-Pacific disasters - calling for a gendered approach in DRR

Gender Mainstreaming In Emergency Management: A TRAINING MODULE FOR EMERGENCY PLANNERS. Elaine Enarson for Women and Health Care Reform download here
Gender Mainstreaming In Emergency Management: Facilitator Notes. Elaine Enarson for Women and Health Care Reform download here

Gender, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Climate Change Adaptation: A Learning Companion. Oxfam Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Resources. Oxfam 2010 download here

Two new documents from Women’s Environmental Network (WEN): GENDER AND THE CLIMATE CHANGE AGENDA. The impacts of climate change on women and public policy. Women’s Environmental Network 2010 (4MB) download; and the 4-page (1MB) briefing document: Why Women and Climate Change download. Both can also be found on WEN's website http://www.wen.org.uk/resources/

GDN has a baby!
Our Web Coordinator, Kristinne Sanz, gave birth to Aiden Connor Machet on 2 April 2010. Congratulations Kristinne (and partner Dan)! Welcome to GDN Aiden!

Call for nominations. The Mary Fran Myers Gender and Disaster award 2010. Deadline for submission of nominations: 16 April 2010. Click here to read more about submission guidelines.

Different Needs, Equal Opportunities: Increasing Effectiveness of Humanitarian Action for Women, Girls, Boys and Men. A New IASC online course. This three-hour, self-paced online course provides the basic steps a humanitarian worker must take to ensure gender equality in programming. The course includes information on the core issues of gender and how it relates to other aspects of humanitarian response. To register click here: http://www.interaction.org/iasc-gender-elearning

GDN eResources No 16. Click the title to download pdf.

Women’s World 2011. Call for participation. A global feminist conference to be held in Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada, July 2011. For more information, visit http://www.womensworlds.ca/call-participation

Social Media and Crisis Mapping. Using technology for crisis mapping in disaster areas, experiences in Haiti and Chile. Listen to the podcast: http://www.educationandtransition.org/resources/podcasts/technology- brings-aid-to-school-children-in-disaster-areas/

Understanding the Gender Dimensions of Emergency Management Resources and Strategies for Change. Elaine Enarson, Ph. D. Please click here to access the recording, http://www.emforum.org/pub/eiip/lm100310.wmv. The presentation Slides, Ratings and Reviews are available from the Background Page  http://www.emforum.org/vforum/100310.htm.

SIS PRINSIP POU PRAN KESYON POZISYON FANM AK GASON AN KONSIDERASYON NAN ALEMYE E REKONSTWIKSYON (Six Principles for Engendered Relief and Reconstruction in Creole). Translated by Kathy Lynn and Sebastien Raphael for the GDN. Click the title to download document in pdf.

Women working with Women for Equitable Relief & Sustainable Recovery in Haiti. (Updated) The Gender and Disaster Network urges all actors responding to the Haitian earthquake to adopt a gender-responsive approach that builds on women’s capacities and resources while reflecting the gender-specific needs of women and men, boys and girls. We offer these resources for planning and advocacy and a better understanding of the need for gender-aware approaches to disaster risk management. Download document.

Gender Note Series. Authored by Elaine Enarson for the GDN. November 2009.

Gender Note #2 Women, Gender and Disaster: Hazards & Hazard Mitigation

Gender Note #3 Women, Gender and Disaster: Men & Masculinities

Gender Note #4 Women, Gender and Disaster: Abilities and Disabilities

Gender Note #5 Women, Gender and Disaster Risk Communication

Gendering Disaster Risk Reduction A Working Glossary

Women, Gender and Disaster. Global Issues and Initiatives. Edited by Elaine Enarson and P G Dhar Chakrabarti. Sage Publications. Contributors to this volume examine gender within the context of disaster management. They argue for gender mainstreaming as an effective strategy towards mitigating post-disaster gender disparity and achieving disaster risk reduction. Highlighting that gender inequalities pervade all aspects of life including health, income, education, welfare, political voice and violence in public and domestic spheres, the collection emphasizes that women's knowledge capabilities and their role in community resource management are also frequently overlooked in post-disaster rehabilitation programmes. Available for purchase from Sage: http://www.sagepub.com/books.nav, keywords "gender disaster"

Climate Change and Gender Justice. Edited by Geraldine Terry with Caroline Sweetman. Published by Oxfam. Climate Change and Gender Justice considers how gender issues are entwined with people’s vulnerability to the effects of climate change, and how gender identities and roles may affect women’s and men’s perceptions of the changes. Includes case studies on how women and men in developing countries are experiencing climate change and describe their efforts to adapt their ways of making a living to ensure survival, often against extraordinary odds. Click the title to read the publication.

Asia-Pacific 'disasters' - Calling for a gendered approach in disaster risk reduction. Open letter from the GDN Steering Group. Governments must scale up efforts in working with local people at the grassroots level to develop disaster risk reduction plans that are effective, responsive, and gender-sensitive. Click the title to download the full text.

The Influence of caste, class and gender in surviving multiple disasters. A case study from Orissa, India. Nibedita Ray-Bennett. Environmental Hazards 8 (2009) 5-22. The findings of ths study suggest a complex interplay of caste, class and gender in surviving the multiple disasters including structural mutability under the purview of social organization. In doing so, women demonstrated their individual and collective agencies in order to meet their cultural and biological needs under severe crisis. (pdf, 231KB)

Feminists and Rights-based Perspectives: Sexual and Reproductive Health in Disaster Contexts. ARROWS for Change. Vol 14 No. 3. This issue highlights the importance of addressing SRHR of women, adolescents and people of diverse gender and sexual identities in disaster risk reduction, response and recovery. Ranjani K. Murthy serves as gues editor. Click the title to download the pdf, 380KB.

Gender Sensitive Disaster Management: A Toolkit by Chaman Pincha. Translated in Turksih (Toplumsal Cinsiyete Duyarlı Afet Yönetimi, Uyarlama ve Çeviri: Derya Keskin Demirer)

Participation of Women in Community-based Disaster Management Program. Chaman Pincha with support from Shakeb Nabi for CARE India. Click the title to download the pdf (1.6mb).

Lanzamiento de productos de gestion del conocimiento en Reduccion de desastres en Centroamérica. Tenemos el placer de anunciarle el lanzamiento vía on-line en nuestra Plataforma RedDesastres del Paquete de Publicaciones y Materiales producidos teniendo como escenario el istmo centroamericano, y que nos permite conocer algo más de cómo su gente va haciendo “desarrollo” a la par de impulsar estrategias de convivencia con su entorno, e idearse muchas y variadas maneras de mitigar y reducir sus riesgos y desastres. http://www.reddesastres.org/index.php // Announcing the online launch of the RedDesastres platform which includes publications and materials produced within the context of Central American region. These materials allow us to look into how its peoples are creating “development” while simultaneously promoting coexistence strategies in their environments, and to get inspired about the many diverse ways of mitigating and reducing risks and disasters. Visit the website: http://www.reddesastres.org/index.php

Launch of a new "Back on Track" website. Back on Track is an innovative programme designed to support and further international development work on education in emergencies and post-crisis transition countries. Visit the website: www.educationandtransition.org

The publications Gender Sensitive Disaster Management Toolkit (pdf, 9.4mb) and Indian Ocean Tsunami through the gender lens (pdf, 6.9mb) both by Chaman Pincha are now available in Tamil. Click the titles to download the documents.

Mary Fran Myers Award 2009 recipient: Chaman Pincha. Read about Chaman's work here.

Gender and Climate Change in Vietnam- A Desk Review. UNIFEM Viet Nam. 2009.

Women, Gender and the Hyogo Platform for Action. GDN Gender Notes 1. Elaine Enarson, 2009.

Six Principles for Engendered Relief and Reconstruction. pdf, 141kb.
Seis Principios para Transversalizar el Género en la Respuesta
y en la Reconstrucción
. pdf, 147kb.
Les Six Principes pour une Résilience et une Reconstruction Collective. pdf, 124kb.

multimedia icon Oral Statement by the Gender and Disaster Network: Connect and Unite Today for a Fairer Tomorrow. Read by Dr Maureen Fordham at the 2nd Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. 18 June 2009, Geneva. Watch it in Youtube.

Grassroots women share Views from the Frontline: Evaluating Local Implementation of the HFA in India. Disaster Watch shares some reflections and initial findings from the survey.

multimedia icon"When Children’s Worlds are Turned Upside Down…” This UNICEF video is a dynamic animation highlighting key advocacy messages on education in emergencies. Visit this link to find some practical actions to make a difference. http://www.unicef.org/devpro/index.html

Indigenous People's Global Summit on Climate Change. Read the Anchorage Declaration in the website and view the webcasts of the sessions.

Gender Aspects of Natural Disasters. By Rebecca Pearl and Irene Dankelman. Climate Change is increasingly recognized as a major human security issue that poses serious global threats. Read more

Placing Climate Change within Disaster Risk Reduction. By Ilan Kelman and Gaillard J.C. Disaster Advances Vol 1(3) July 2008. Climate change policy and action miss out on the long experience from dealing with disasters including climate-related disasters. Read more

Social Vulnerability to Disasters (2009). Edited by Brenda Phillips, Deborah Thomas, Alice Fothergill and Lynn Blinn-Pike. Download flyer. Available August 2009.

International women's day and the GDN blog. The GDN launches its own blog for members.

Empowering women against disasters. A short advocacy video on empowering women in disaster risk reduction from UNISDR, 2009.


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