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.)
Lead-in Sessions x 3

Join us as Commander Donna Wheatley speaks with four inspiring women, all of whom have faced barriers – and overcome them – to become leaders within their communities and organisations. They discuss the current environment and future opportunities to engage women in fire-fighting. In conversation with Donna are:
  • Alex Johnson - Chief Fire Officer, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue UK, named “Most Influential Woman in Fire” in 2019
  • Becci Bryant QFSM MBA MIFireE Hon DPP - Chief Fire Officer, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service HQ Pirehill Stone, Staffordshire, UK
  • Quinn Cramer - President of Women and Firefighting Australasia
  • Dawn Hartog - Captain, Toolangi Fire Brigade and Senior Program Manager, FFMVic, Culture and Diversity
Pictured below, clockwise from top left, Alex, Becci, Quinn and Dawn.
Thinking relationally about climate for gender justice
This is a short 6-minute lead-in session! Click to watch it! Sydney Environment Institute’s, Dr Blanche Verlie speaks about feminist understandings of climate change and how this can inform approaches to climate activism. The aim is to progress gender justice. Blanche points to several valuable climate change articles by feminist authors, and introduces new intellectual concepts, such as ‘outsourcing’ the emotional experience of climate change. She concludes this introduction by stating that challenging gender norms is a foundation for liveable climates.
Evacuation centres, pregnant and parenting women, and inclusion of children in EM

Susan Davie, Manager of Community Connections with the Victoria State Emergency Services, moderates this session and speaks about her own PHD on the inclusion of children in emergency planning. Click to watch it!

Susan speaks with Jaspreet Kaur, Krissy Nicholson and Karleen Gribble on the new sections being added to the Gender and Emergency Management Guidelines.

The conversation will consider how organisations can use the checklist to improve their service provision. The checklist includes the needs of women, and people of diverse gender and sexual identities in all aspects of disaster planning.

Jaspreet and Krissy talk about their gendered evacuation and relief centre checklist and upcoming action-workshop with the City of Casey. The workshop includes scenario-based sessions to consider the practicalities involved in actioning and implementing the checklists.

Karleen is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University and will present on the new pregnant and breastfeeding mothers’ section of the GEM guidelines, and outlines what she would like to see happen with the checklist once complete.

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!
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