Dr Rob Gordon leads us in to Gender Justice in Disaster!
In this presentation for the Gender Justice in Disaster Conference, Dr Rob Gordon conveys the social and individual impacts of disasters on people across the world. Dr Rob Gordon is well known to disaster-affected communities across Australia. He is a clinical psychologist and trauma expert, and, for more than forty years – from Ash Wednesday in 1983 to COVID-19 – he has studied disaster’s effects and worked with individuals and communities in recovery. He notes that the loss of privacy that accompanies disasters can result in a loss of intimacy. He reflects on gender and the role this plays in disaster experience. He notes that ‘Gender stereotypes undermine our common humanity’.

Long-term disaster resilience with six survivors on film

In this Lead-In Session, Ruth McGowan (above, and top left to bottom), Sharon Bourke, Jodie Thorneycroft, Dianne Simpson, and Lindy & Keith Wrest, speak speak directly on their decade or more of recovery after devastating Australian bushfires and floods.

Their experiences and insight shine through, providing advice - and challenges - for decision makers in disaster recovery. One key message is that building social capacity as well as capital works post-disaster is critically important, and needs to be sustained against a backdrop of community fatigue.

The exhaustion lasts decades, yet there are words of hope. This research was funded by the Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme, launched in 2019 and received the Resilient Australia Award for Victoria.

Click to watch!

The full report is available here 

Two Kinglake residents reflect on recovery after Black Saturday
Join Daryl Taylor and Jodie Thornycroft, two Kinglake residents as they reflect a decade on from Black Saturday and disaster risk and recovery for women, men and children, with Amanda Kelly, CEO of WHGNE.
AIDR's webinar featuring Liam and Steve
on LGBTIQA+ experiences in disaster

Amanda Leck, Executive Director of the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience invited Liam Leonard and Steve O’Malley AFSM from the GAD Pod to present on ‘LGBTIQA+ experiences in Disaster and Recovery’ - during the MidSumma festival - as part of AIDR’s 2021 Webinar series.

A small but growing body of research suggests some LGBTIQA+ people are reluctant to access help in a disaster because of historic and ongoing discrimination and abuse experienced toward them and their communities. Liam and Steve explore how emergency organisations (and others) can work towards inclusive practice and services that meet the needs of LGBTIQA+ communities during and after disasters – including COVID-19.

This series of Lead-In sessions is the prelude to the 2021 International Conference on Gender Justice in Disaster.
Wide-ranging, contemporary and compelling issues are covered.
A zoom panel at the conference will allow delegates to ask questions of the 'Lead-In' speakers.
Register now!
The “Gender Justice in Disaster: Inspiring Action” conference in May is unique in its focus on gender in the very broad context of health, emergencies and climate change.  It will be critical for organisations preparing to meet requirements under the new Victorian
Gender Equality Act (2020)
It is also vital for organisations beyond Victoria due to the increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, heat waves, and of course, COVID-19. The impacts are society-wide.
The panels bring together key CEOs and leaders, researchers and community members in
short and sharp interactive sessions, with your questions answered.
Commissioners, Chief Officers, CEOs and leading researchers join community members to discuss the challenging issues of culture, gender equality, mental health, diversity, design and disaster.
See the speaker profiles and conference program here.
Be part of this vital conversation!
There is a 10% discount for 5 tickets and 20% discount for 10 tickets. (Please note the session recordings will only be available for a limited time, and only to delegates.)

Conference details and registration are here.
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