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"Japan-Canada Policy Dialogue on Democracy, Diversity, and Disasters: From Ottawa to Tokyo" - event organised by the Embassy of Canada, with the Japan-Canada Interdisciplinary Research Network on Gender, Diversity and Tohoku Reconstruction. Friday, March 14, 2014 from 15:00-17:00. Embassy of Canada, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Flyer [745kb] in English, French and Japanese
'Impact of the Chars Livelihoods Programme on the disaster resilience of Chars communities' Chars Livelihoods Programme (CLP), 2014. It was found in the study that female participants scored less than the males before CLP support. However in the areas where households had received the CLP support package, females scored higher than their male counterparts. Link | Download
If you are setting up or restructuring an organization then take a look at this: Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW) have produced a new Arrow Resource Kit (ARK) setting out their tried and tested management practices that reflect feminist principles. Link or Download [6MB]
'Ending Violence Against Women: The Case for a Comprehensive International Action Plan' Oxfam 2013 Link [220kb]
The G(irls)20 Summit meets before the leaders of the world's most powerful nations meet at the G20 Leader's Summit in Brisbane, Australia in November 2014. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE GIRLS 20 SUMMIT IS JANUARY 10, 2014. APPLICATION FORM link
Partners for Prevention 2013 WHY DO SOME MEN USE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND HOW CAN WE PREVENT IT? A UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and UNV regional joint programme for gender-based violence prevention in Asia and the Pacific. Quantitative Findings from the United Nations Multi-Country Study on Men and Violence in Asia and the Pacific. Bangkok. Link
The latest report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of the Republic of the Philippines regarding Typhoon Yolanda
forwarded by Marlon de Luna Era Download (5.6MB)
See also the Official Gazette - the official journal of the Republic of the Philippines link
Research undertaken in Victoria warns that the effects of large scale bushfire on men reach far into the future, with consequences such as increased aggression, suicide, alcohol consumption and mental health issues, often hidden from view. Just Ask Conference, Melbourne, Australia. Brochure. Media Release.
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is looking for a consultant to Develop a Gender Analysis Tool for Responses to Disaster Scenario's. Deadline for expression of interest: November 15, 2013. More
Duryog Nivaran is calling for case studies empowering women and their livelihoods from risks to disasters, climate change and conflict in the Asia Pacific. Five of the best stories will be awarded $250 each. This feeds into recommendations for HFA2 on 'Women as a Force of Resilience Building, Gender Equity'. Call for case studies | Expression of Interest | Case study format
'Women's Voices From The Floodplains: an economic gender lens on responses in disaster affected areas in Queensland and Victoria' by economic Security4Women (eS4W) and Justice Equality Rights Access International (JERA)here
'WOMEN, GIRLS AND DISASTERS: A review for DFID' by Sarah Bradshaw and Maureen Fordham, August 2013 here
The Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies invites authors to submit papers for a Special Issue of the journal on Gender and Disasters. More
Different Needs - Equal Opportunities: Increasing Effectiveness of Humanitarian Action for Women, Girls, Boys and Men e-learning platform provided by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Sub-Working Group on Gender and Humanitarian Action link
Disaster Prevention and Reconstruction from a Gender Equal Society Perspective - Lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake. From the "White Paper on Gender Equality 2012". Summary. Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, June 2012. Link
International Women's Day 2014 Theme: INSPIRING CHANGE
Women's equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women's Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action. Inspiring Change is the 2014 theme at
Considering the expertise and leadership of the Gender and Disaster Network in the area of gender issues in disaster risk reduction, UNISDR Asia Pacific Office would like to invite GDN members to peer review the HFA2 paper titled "Women as a force in resilience building, gender equity in DRR". Critical review and inputs from the Gender and Disaster Network will help to ensure that the analysis is reflective of the current perspectives and experiences in this area and that the recommendations capture the most relevant priorities and actions for the region.
If you would like to provide comments - by March 7th 2014 - then please send them to Maureen Fordham (Maureen.email@example.com) to collate. UNISDR has provided some questions to prompt you here. The bibliography to the paper is here.
If you are planning something for International Women's Day, let us know firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women and girls in areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan face an increased risk of violence, sexual exploitation and trafficking, say experts, since the storm struck the central Philippines, leaving over 6,000 dead and more than 4 million displaced. (EASTERN SAMAR, 16 December 2013 (IRIN))
A young woman sifts through the wreckage of her home
Photo: David Swanson/IRIN
But read the whole story to see how the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and others have made interventions to reduce the risk. More...
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the new Head of UN Women, said there is "a definite backlash against equality for women" and that we need to win over men to crack this issue. Read more from the Associated Press.
We are getting closer to 2015 when a number of international plans and agreements come to an end. What should we plan for, post-2015? If you are interested in adding to the discussion, send your ideas to the GDN email list (you need to register with GDN first) or email Maureen Fordham (email@example.com).
The GDN email list has been discussing, amongst oither things, stratehies for engaging men and boys as allies of and partners with women and girls. This page has some resources from Men's Resources International - please let us know of more.
The United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign aims to raise public awareness and increase political will and resources for preventing and ending all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.
One in three women will be a victim of violence – being raped, beaten or abused in her lifetime. In some parts of the world a girl is more likely to be raped than learn how to read. More...
The Gender and Disaster Network started in 1997 as an educational project initiated by women and men interested in gender relations in disaster contexts. We are the first web presence to advocate for gender mainstreaming in disaster risk reduction using the World Wide Web.Read more
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