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Welcome Amanda!
AIDR's new  Executive Director

Congratulations to Amanda Leck on her appointment as the new Executive Director of the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience.
Amanda has 20 years’ experience in the emergency management and community sectors, and led the community development and community engagement programs for CFA, Victoria.  In 2009, Amanda joined AFAC, and in 2013 was appointed Director Community Safety, where she led the community safety function and provided strategic advice in relation to risk, community safety and warnings. In 2017 Amanda was appointed as Director of Resilience for AIDR.
 During her career Amanda has developed extensive partnerships with all levels of government, the business sectors, not-for-profits and recovery agencies. She has 30 years’ experience in media and communications, skills that she has been able to bring to the emergency management and disaster resilience sectors to enhance public safety.
The GAD Pod is also very pleased to note that Amanda will join the Advisory Group for our Postcard Project on Fire Planning with a Gendered Lens.

Building awareness and capacity regarding gender and emergency management

Join Women’s Health Grampians and partners at the Leading Change Lunch at the Horsham Town Hall!
Acting Women’s Health Grampians CEO Rose Durey said “The Wimmera and larger Grampians region regularly experience natural disasters such as fires, floods, and heatwaves. Our aim with the Leading Change Lunch is to bring together speakers that will provide examples and information and applying a gender lens to see how this can contribute to better planning and emergency recovery and help build community resilience”.

The event has three speakers, beginning with Stephen O’Malley, who will speak on the work of the GAD POD and how having a gender lens in fire planning will increase community preparedness, survival and resilience. Steve is a Leading Fire fighter and the Fairness and Inclusion Officer with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade’s Culture and Transformation Department. He is a foundation member of the Emergency Management Victoria ‘Gender and Disaster’ Taskforce and trainer/facilitator of the GAD Pod’s Gendered Violence and Lessons in Disaster training package. (Steve and Naomi Bailey will offer this training the following day.)

The event is supported by Women’s Health Grampians, Horsham Rural City Council, Grampians Community Health, Wimmera Catchment Management Authority, Sexual Assault and Family Violence Centre, Office for Women, and the GAD Pod.  

Tickets for the event can be purchased at Horsham Town Hall – www.horshamtownhall.com.au or by contacting the Box Office on 5382 9555.

Don't Get Mad, Get Elected!

Ruth McGowan - former Mayor of Baw Baw Shire and campaign co-ordinator for independent MP Cathy McGowan - has written a step-by-step guide on how to run for public office (pictured L-R, Cathy & Ruth). 𝙂𝙚𝙩 𝙀𝙡𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙚𝙙 - 𝙖 𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙥 𝙗𝙮 𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙥 𝙘𝙖𝙢𝙥𝙖𝙞𝙜𝙣 𝙜𝙪𝙞𝙙𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙬𝙞𝙣𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙥𝙪𝙗𝙡𝙞𝙘 𝙤𝙛𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙚 is the ultimate Australian guide on how to run for politics at all levels of public office. Launched in April, it sold out in six weeks!
Following the May 2019 Federal election, it's now revised and in its 2nd Edition! Ruth writes:
"Are you contemplating standing for election for your local council? Perhaps you have the ambition to become a Member of Parliament at a Federal, State or Territory level? Or do you know someone who is keen to run for office? 𝙂𝙚𝙩 𝙀𝙡𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙚𝙙 will help you start, run and win!"

Facing Patriarchy challenges current thinking about men’s violence against women. With critical acclaim by (other) leading masculinity theorists, Jeff Hearn, Walter S. Dekeseredy and Robert Jensen, this is essential reading.

Over the past decade, Bob has considered the emergency management sector, and climate change as sites for consideration of masculinity and violence. He is an important critical friend to the work of the GAD Pod, having been a founding member of the Gender and Disaster Taskforce, a keynote speaker at conferences, mentor and subject expert.

Zed Publishers write that, in his new book:
"Pease shows that men’s violence against women needs to be understood in the context of other forms of men’s violence, including violence against boys and other men, in the involvement of men in wars and conflicts between nations and men’s ecologically destructive practices which constitute a form of slow violence. With crucial implications for priorities in violence prevention, gender equality promotion and in strategies for engaging men in this work, Facing Patriarchy offers new hope for the elimination of men’s violence."

Buy it here
Buying directly from Zed helps independence and the publication of alternative analysis and marginalised voices.

Commissioner Georgeina Whelan

The GAD Pod joins the emergency sector in congratulating the ACT Emergency Services Agency's first female Commissioner, Georgeina Whelan.  She is the fifth ACT Commissioner to lead the ACT ESA and began a five-year term on 21st August.

'Going, going ...!'
Last chance to order Postcards to help with fire planning and community engagement.
20,000 sent out all around Victoria!
Conflict between couples frequently prevents fire-planning discussions. This Postcard Project encourages men and women to discuss their roles in a potential fire.
  • Postcard 1: ‘Questions’ prompts the reader to think about the underlying factors and reasons for their decisions.
  • Postcard 2: The ‘Facts’ provides evidence of the risk to life and wellbeing of socially constructed roles on evacuation and fire planning
  • Postcard 3:  ‘'Disaster is no excuse for family violence', offers a simple 4-step process to acknowledge family violence, and provides referral information.
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