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Gender and Disaster Pod in the US news
The Gender and Disaster Pod's Communique in recent weeks has been delayed due to the pressing demand for our research, both across Australia and internationally.
  • The key message the Gender and Disaster Pod promotes in all our work is that disaster risk, experience and legacy are determined by gender. If gendered expectations of women and men are recognised and eliminated in and after disasters, consequences such as family violence and suicide will be reduced. Alongside these heteronormative expectations, the experiences of people with diverse gender and sexual identities in disasters must also be improved through awareness and changed practices by the emergency management sector.
Other key media articles:

The Guardian article:
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/may/16/victorians-most-at-risk-from-bushfires-believed-emergency-services-could-save-them-cfa-data-shows

Monash University 'A different lens' series:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QADkvYlZsps
 
In all of our presentations, the gist is threefold:
  1. that bushfires are annual in Australia, and an ever-present threat to health, wellbeing and the environment. The effect on people of disaster is long-lasting and harmful. Survivors never forget, and it is unacceptable that people in fire affected regions including in East Gippsland are STILL living in tents, in winter
  2. ‘disaster’ includes pandemics like COVID-19 and the social impacts of coronavirus and bushfires are almost identical
  3. disaster is a window of opportunity for patriarchy to claw back hard-won rights by women and communities with diverse gender and sexual identities. Call out these incursions. Keep our focus on the oppressors.
Dozens of requests for presentations from Steve O’Malley, Liam Leonard and Deb Parkinson have kept the team busy, including:
  • National conferences such as No To Violence’s Working with Men to End Family violence
     
  • a local event led by the women’s health and local government sectors where the gender and disaster pod was reunited in a presentation with Professor Maureen Fordham - after the Dundee presentation this time last year and the gender and disaster seminar in Tokyo with Claire Zara and Elaine Enarson back in 2014! It's been a long and productive collaboration with the US and the UK, mostly through the Gender and Disaster Centre at University College of London where Professor Fordham is Director, and through the Natural Hazards Center in Colorado, USA.
Gender and Disaster Pod Training Update
  • Hot off the press – news that Family Safety Victoria has contracted the Gender and Disaster Pod to offer our training to 200+ Bushfire Case Support Coordinators and Bushfire Recovery Victoria and other staff.
Our next Communique will focus on the online training co-ordinated by the GAD Pod’s Jaspreet Kaur. Although our Lessons in Disaster training has been offered for many years (and more recently the LGBTI-inclusive emergency services training), both lots of training is now available online. Jaspreet has coordinated its delivery to more than 100 people in this short time. Our sincere thanks to Respect Victoria for funding new training pitched at primary prevention workers. We will report more on this in the forthcoming Communique.
Apart from this, the training has all been offered at full Fee for Service rates until we can obtain funding to subsidise the cost. Even at FFS, we are rapt that key bushfire organisations such as the Country Fire Authority, and the national Red Cross have taken up this training for their staff. Part of Jaspreet’s role has been in expanding and coordinating our excellent team of trainers. Steve O’Malley, Liam Leonard and Naomi Bailey have joined our long-term trainers Rachael Mackay and Andrew Wilson-Annan, and have led the adaptation of the training to the online environment. New trainers have joined this illustrious group to expand our reach and meet increasing demand. Look for our next Communique for details, and if you’d like this training for your organisation, please contact Jaspreet.
 
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