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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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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...

'Make women agents for resilience'

Source: 16 Sep 2014. Source:United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Arab States (UNISDR ROAS). By Denis McClean

2nd Arab Conference on Disaster Risk ReductionSharm El Sheikh - There were calls for gender to be mainstreamed into the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction in a major debate on the role of women as change agents for resilience at the 2nd Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Moderator, Dr. Haifa Abu Ghazaleh, Assistant Secretary-General, League of Arab States, said she hoped the participating Arab countries would take the discussion into account. Women need to have greater involvement in decision-making and disaster mitigation.

"There are things known only by women and should be taken into account developing policies for disaster risk mitigation," she said.

Dr. Wadid A. Rahman, from the first all-women's college in the region, Sudan's Ahfad University for Women, said: "women and their role as change agents in their societies is often overlooked in the disaster context where they are often categorized as vulnerable and helpless."

Gender and Climate Change: PNG woman leads relocation of island community hit by climate change

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation: 8 Aug 2014. Author: Thin Lei Win.

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Ursula Rakova of Han (part of the Carteret Atoll in the southwest Pacific) is leading the permanent resettlement of some 2,000 climate refugees from the atoll to mainland Bougainville, a three-hour boat ride away.

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...

Post-2015 Looking Ahead

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 (

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.

Call for UN action to end violence against women and girls

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...

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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.

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