Emergency Service Organisations 2021
Who's in and who's out?
Is it controversial to have four men in uniform and one woman speaking on gender justice in Emergency Service Organisations? Why have a focus on Victoria for this session?

Sparking controversy is what makes a conference vital. This session aims to present the views of key Emergency Services Organisations in the words of their leaders. This was achieved as the panel included the CEO of Ambulance Victoria Assoc. Professor Tony Walker ASM, Assistant Police Commissioner Brett Curran, and Deputy Chief Officer Trevor Owen, SE Region CFA. While Emergency Services are so male-dominated in front-line and leadership roles, there is no choice but to have men speaking on a panel such as this. Visually, the story of gender at top levels in Emergency Management says it all. This is the reality of Emergency Services in Victoria - so far!

Victoria was the focus for this session as Victoria's new Gender Equality Act leads the country in its vision. Dr Niki Vincent is the first Commissioner for Gender Equality in the Public Sector. Her presence on the panel clarified the requirements of public sector organisations and she offered a deep understanding of gender and patriarchy.

This panel discussion is unique in its focus on gender and current initiatives from key emergency organisations. It was heartening to hear words of deep commitment to gender equity strategies from the three leaders, and from the Victorian Government through Dr Vincent's role.

Comments in the Chat function, and in the Q&A extended the discussion. The recorded session is available for two weeks for registered delegates. Contact Lee-Anne Wilson, the conference organiser for your own link.
It's not too late to register and access every conference session!

Clockwise from top left, Steve, Brett, Tony, Trevor and Niki.
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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