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‘Community Resilience at Scale: Grassroots Women Demonstrating Successful Practices’ shares successful grassroots strategies for building community resilience to disasters and climate change. It showcases women leading sustainable development in their communities, and features scaling up strategies in order to influence global agendas such as the Hyogo Framework for Action 2 and Post 2015 Development Agenda. Download Link

The WomanStats Project - compilation of information on the status of women. It facilitates understanding the linkage between the situation of women and the security of nation-states by searching the literature and conducting expert interviews. It is based on over 350 indicators of women's status in 175 countries.

CARE: 2015 and beyond: Action for a just, gender-equitable and sustainable future. Link. Download.

Resilience in times of food insecurity: Reflecting on the experiences of women's organizations. Oxfam Canada report in Spanish, French and English | Link

Researchers investigate the impacts of bushfires on the Blue Mountains LGBTI community Link

"Don't forget men," first women and climate summit advised. Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 6 Aug 2014 link

UNISDR 2014 Asia-Pacific Input Document for the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (HFA2) FINAL DRAFT: Risk sensitive development as the cornerstone of resilience and sustainability | Link to download | Local copy

SHELTERING DISPLACED PERSONS FROM SEXUAL & GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE This publication presents four reports that examine shelters in Haiti, Kenya, Colombia and the Thailand/Burma border | Link to download


HPN Network Paper 77 - Preventing and responding to gender-based violence in humanitarian crises
by Rebecca Holmes and Dharini Bhuvanendra. Link to download | Video links for launch

'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]

FAO 2013 State of School Feeding Worldwide. Download (5MB)| Link

Oxfam 2013 Minimum Standards for Gender in Emergencies. Link | Download 299KB

'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

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local women and men trained as community nutrition advisors, El Salvador


GDN in Japan - The World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 14-18 March 2015 Sendai, Japan

The Gender and Disaster Network will be at the World Conference World on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan 14-18 March 2015 (see the Conference Website) where we have a booth (find us on the Sixth Floor of Sendai Mediatheque Booth number ), a number of documents, a poster display, and a public event with the Japan Women's Network for Disaster Risk Reduction.

GDN in Japan - View our WCDRR page here


Launching the first of a new GDN series: Doing Gender and Disaster. First issue: Women's Voices

Download the first issue here

This first issue of Doing Gender & Disaster focuses on good practices in New Zealand following the Earthquake Sequence in 2010 and 2011 in Canterbury, New Zealand. Women’s Voices/Ngā Reo O Ngā Wahine was developed by the Christchurch Branch of the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) because media reports focused on earthquake victims and male rescue crews, army officers, police, fire-fighters, local and national politicians. NCWNZ used the efforts of many volunteer interviewers to create a digital archive of women’s earthquake stories and a number of reports and presentations. Policy-related documents are currently being prepared.

Guest Editors: Rosemary Du Plessis, Judith Sutherland, Liz Gordon and Helen Gibson

See the new GDN page for Doing Gender & Disaster

A Japanese Women's Perspective on Disaster Risk Reduction

This document relates the history and some of the experiences of the Japan Women's Network for Disaster Risk Reduction, especially in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. Link here. Download here.

GDN in Geneva at the Preparatory Committee, second session

GDN was part of the Women's Major Group at the Preparatory Committee, second session, in Geneva (17-18 November). The group, some of whom are shown in the photograph below, worked hard to influence the wording of the Zero Draft and to gain support from Member States.

Women's Major Group

You can hear (and see) the Women's Major Group statement here. Official documents from the Preparatory Committee, second session,
17-18 November 2014 are located here

Post-2015 The Latest

GDN will have a booth in at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai in March 2015. Our focus will be on gender indicators. If you would like to join the Indicators Task Group send a message to the GDN list or email Maureen Fordham direct.

UN Women - World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development

UN Women World SurveyClimate change has tremendous social, economic and environmental consequences. Its effects are being felt in floods, droughts, and devastated landscapes and livelihoods. Women and girls are among the most affected by these changes, given the precariousness of their livelihoods, and because they bear the burden of securing shelter, food, water and fuel, while facing constraints on their access to land and natural resources. As the global community grapples with the challenges of charting trajectories to sustainable development and in defining the Sustainable Development Goals, the World Survey 2014 emphasizes the centrality of gender equality to this endeavour. Download | Link to website


Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity from the World Bank

This year the "Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity" World Bank 2014

The key findings of the report include:
• girls with little or no education are far more likely to be married as children, suffer domestic violence, live in poverty, and lack a say over household spending or their own health care than better-educated peers, which harms them, their children, and communities;
• across 18 of the 20 countries with the highest prevalence of child marriage, girls with no education were up to six times more likely to marry than girls with high school education;
• enhanced agency—the ability to make decisions and act on them—is a key reason why children of better educated women are less likely to be stunted: educated mothers have greater autonomy in making decisions and more power to act for their children's benefit.

Klugman, Jeni; Hanmer, Lucia; Twigg, Sarah; Hasan, Tazeen; McCleary-Sills, Jennifer; Santamaria, Julieth. 2014. Voice and Agency : Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity. Washington, DC: World Bank Group. © World Bank. | Link | Download |

World Bank Declines to Adopt a Mandatory Gender Policy - Gender Action Review

Source: Gender Review and Recommendations on the:
World Bank Environmental and Social Framework: Setting Standards for Sustainable Development (First Draft) by Elaine Zuckerman September 2014 | Link |

Gender Action reports that the World Bank's first Draft Environmental and Social Framework updating the Bank's two decades-old Safeguard Policies is disappointing because its proposed Environmental and Social Standards (ESSs) do not include a freestanding mandatory gender standard, and the Draft does not "mainstream" gender issues despite inputs from Civil society promoting these.

Gender Action is dedicated to promoting gender justice and women's rights in all International Financial Institution (IFI) investments such as those of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Gender Action's goal is to ensure that women and men equally participate in and benefit from all IFI investments.

International Day for Disaster Reduction (13 October) ‘Resilience is for life’

Source: UNISDR IDDR 2014 Flickr Page

UNISDR IDDR 2014 Flickr Page

This year the focus of the International Day for Disaster Reduction (13 October) is on older people, including their needs and what they contribute to better planning and understanding of disaster risk in their communities. IDDR 2014 intends to to switch on and amplify this critical issue now and for the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction. Page Link

Ebola's gendered impacts

Source: PassBlue: Ebola's Treacherous Claw Reaches Women the Most by Sierra Ortega on Sep 23, 2014

Ebola, Sierra Leone, pregnant woman

The United Nations has been almost the sole international body to ring any alarm bells about the disproportionate effect of the Ebola disease outbreak on women and children, where it has found that up to 75 percent of reported cases are women and approximately 2.5 million children under 5 years old live in Ebola-affected areas. The disease is centered in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with very low numbers of isolated cases located in Nigeria and Senegal, all in West Africa.

Humanitarian workers attribute the disproportionately high numbers of women affected to their traditional role as caregivers, noting that they are more likely to care for sick family members — cooking and serving food, cleaning the sick and washing their clothes — putting them at heightened risk for infection. More...

Rosemary Du Plessis - 2014 Recipient of the Mary Fran Myers Gender and Disaster Award

Rosemary Du Plessis

Rosemary Du Plessis has been involved in women and gender-focused activities since the mid-1970s. During the last three years she has been research coordinator for Women's Voices: Recording women's stories of the Canterbury earthquakes. Women's Voices was initiated by the Christchurch Branch of the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) after several major earthquakes in 2010-2011 caused death, injury, damage and disruption to Rosemary's home city of Christchurch and the surrounding Canterbury region. The outcome of this community-based project, incorporating the efforts of many women, is a digital archive of women's earthquake stories | More here...

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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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The Gender and Disaster SourcebookGender and Disaster Sourcebook
The GDN hosts and maintains the Gender and Disaster and Disaster Sourcebook, a one-stop user-friendly electronic guide to help answer the question: "What is the link between gender equality and disaster risk?"

The Gender and Disaster Network Knowledgebase
A repository of many resources available to download in the GDN Knowledgebase.

The Mary Fran Myers AwardMary Fran Myers
The Mary Fran Myers Award was so-named in order to recognize her sustained efforts to launch a worldwide network among disaster professionals, for advancing women’s careers and for promoting research on gender issues in disaster research in emergency management and higher education. Go here for the latest awardee.

Go here to nominate someone for the 2014 award.

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