Save the date! International virtual conference May 2021

The long-awaited follow up to Diversity in Disaster !
  • An in-person conference LAUNCH will be held at The Wheeler Centre (TWC):
    Reimagining Gender in Disaster’ on May 4th at 6.30pm.

    Presented by TWC and WHGNE, it will feature Commander Donna Wheatley (Fire Rescue Victoria) moderating a Panel with Niki Vincent, Commissioner for Gender Equality in the Public Sector, Dr Meagan Tyler, Centre for People, Organisation and Work, RMIT and others!

  • The  exciting conference, 'Gender Justice in Disaster: Inspiring Action' will be held on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings in May via zoom.
  • 30-minute lead-in sessions, featuring experts, will be held every Thursday in April and shared on social media
Through the lens of gender – women, men, and LGBTIQ+ people – the ‘Gender Justice in Disaster: Inspiring Action’ conference will:
  • Ask contemporary and compelling questions of decision-makers and affected people
  • Describe the extent of the environmental and social challenges of this decade
  • Provoke, challenge and stimulate individuals, communities and organisations to change
  • Cover topics from Black Summer, sustainable aboriginal land management, post-humanism, climate change activism, impacts for LGBTIQA+ people, systemic change for women in leadership, violence against women, media in disasters (the good and the bad), and sociology, design and disasters.
  • Connect with others’ work in both gender and disaster/emergency management
  • Promote GAD Pod resources as tools to progress gender justice in disaster - important given the Bushfire Royal Commission's Recommendation 22.5.

So, please, save the (many) dates. Registration details available soon.
2.00-3.00pm, 11 March 2021

The new Recovery Matters webinars will get to the heart of key issues that are important in disaster recovery. Join the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience as we invite expert speakers to share what they know and help us move forward with bushfire recovery.

The GAD Pod has been invited to present on "family violence as the ‘hidden disaster’ that can continue to impact communities long after the fire front has passed or floodwaters have receded. So what does research tell us about people's experience of violence after disasters and how do gender dynamics come into play?"

Register on the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience website (click here).

Respect Victoria: Leading social research on the impact of COVID-19 restrictions

Respect Victoria commissioned these three research projects with the GAD Pod, Drummond Street and the National Ageing Research Institute. Find the full reports and summaries on the RV website.

Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams said the Andrews Labor Government was proud to support the research. “It’s vital we understand the impacts of such disasters on different communities so we can better tailor our support and systems in the future,” she said.

Respect Victoria, which commissioned the three reports, highlights the findings:

Keep an eye on the Respect Victoria website for more information.
Apply for the 2021 Mary Fran Myers Award

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.

Applications due March 15, 2021. More info here.

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