Improving organisational culture
The Federal Government and Ambulance Victoria are in the spotlight for sexist and discriminatory cultures.
One of the first two women to reach Commander level within the Metropolitan Fire Brigade in Melbourne, Commander Donna Wheatley, gives us a way to understand the depth and consequences of hyper-masculine and exclusionary cultures.

Drawing on the Women and Firefighting Australasia 2018 Conference Outcomes Statement, written by Naomi Bailey, and two decades’ experience as a fire-fighter, Commander Wheatley’s presentation to the 2019 AFAC Conference sets out ways to address this endemic problem, and the benefits that will follow a more equal and equitable workplace.  
There is consensus that courage is what makes a great leader, and Donna demonstrates both courage and insight in this presentation. You can watch her by clicking in the image above.

Commander Wheatley concludes with a call to action. We can all start change today by:
  • Staying committed to improving your organisations
  • Reading the WAFA Outcome Statement
  • Showing interest, learning and acting on what you've learnt
  • Listening to women, listening like you don’t know anything
  • Putting down your shield of expertise and expectation that you have, that you stand on authority, or your position or uniform
  • Calling it out – if you see something that directly or indirectly excludes one person or a group, call it out
  • Supporting women, and being conscious of your privilege and power
  • Amplifying - tune your ear to the voices of those you do not hear
  • Giving women credit for their good ideas
  • Paying attention to those who have not had a say and opening the floor to all
  • Celebrating a woman’s success
  • Supporting WAFA!
DVRCV's 2020 Prevent X conference will be online on Tuesday 17 November 10am-12.30pm and Wednesday 18 November 10am-1.10pm. Click the image above to register.

On Tuesday, the GAD Pod will be part of a panel, with Liam and Deb addressing key questions on prevention of violence against women in disaster contexts. We are pleased to join Tania, Karla and Adele and look forward to a great discussion. Hope you can join too.

Prevention in 2020: What have we learned and where do we go from here? 
 Tania Farha in conversation with Karla Mc Grady, Deb Parkinson, Liam Leonard  & Adele Murdolo.
The Guardian gives a 4 star recommendation to this fantastic film on Australian feminist trail-blazers in the 1970s.
  • Read the full review here:
  • Key facts of women's oppression are here:
The film has been acclaimed widely and is in cinemas now!
The GAD Pod's own film-maker, Samantha Dinning, was Production Manager! Congratulations to everyone involved.

An important part of history now documented in film.
"Jump in the passenger seat,
and let us drive for a change"
To celebrate NAIDOC week, we turn to Indigenous fire practitioner Victor Steffensen and urge Australians to pay closer attention to Indigenous land management practices.

Prof. Lori Peek recording available! 

The Annual Claire Zara Memorial Oration was held over zoom this year with speaker Professor Lori Peek, Director of the Natural Hazards Centre from the University of Colorado, for the 2020 Emergency Management Conference.  

Professor Lori is a leading sociologist and expert in the disaster field and shared her lessons from her book, Children of Katrina, a seven-year longitudinal study of children and young people’s experiences in disasters following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, United States.

Professor Lori spoke about the need to engage and consult with children and young people in disaster management to break down systemic barriers and “encourage the next generation leaders who are coming of age in an ever more turbulent world…to continue to contribute in many, many different ways to [disaster] preparedness, response and recovery.”

A children and youth-centred, intersectional and institutional approach in emergency management is needed to amplify the voices of children and young people in disaster settings and better understand their needs, whilst valuing their diversity and numerous strengths in building community resilience to disasters.

Our sincere thanks to Lori, and to Steve O'Malley for his excellent Q&A work! As always, we are indebted to the EMC organisers, particularly Mark Swiney and Tony Pool for their ongoing support.

Click on the image to watch.
We are pleased to have been invited by Women's Health Loddon Mallee to be part of a Q&A Panel to launch the 16 Days of Activism. The GAD Pod's Deb Parkinson, Liam Leonard and Steve O'Malley will join with the CFA's Beth Taylor for a Q&A facilitated by WHIN's CEO, Helen Riseborough.

Our sincere thanks to WHLM CEO Tricia Currie, Genine Hook (Gender Equality - Health Promotion), and our own Jaspreet Kaur.

You can register here:
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