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Statement of the Gender and Disaster Network prepared from the World Conference on Disaster Reduction, Kobe, Japan, 2005

Gender and Disaster Network, 2004. 8 pp. Statement prepared for the World Conference on Disaster Reduction, Kobe, Japan, January 2005 on the basis of the 2004 Gender Equality and Disaster Risk Reduction Workshop in Honolulu. Available on the workshop website through the University of Hawaii:

Key words: policy, practice, community, grassroots, men, communication, women's groups, public education, NGO, GO, IGO, INGO, gender equality

Outcomes from the Symposium on Women in Emergencies and Disasters, Queensland AU

9 pp. Summary of gender issues in Queensland and the involvement of the Women’s Policy Unit in gender and disaster issues. This account and a number of the papers presented at this conference were published by the Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Vol. 4, Summer, 1994.

Key words: Conference report, research, gender analysis, policy, practice

Workshop on Gender and Disasters, Multan, Pakistan, 1996

Conference organized by Duryog Nivaran, A South Asian Network for Disaster Mitigation based in Practical Action (formerly Intermediate Technology Group South Asia), and Oxfam. Proceedings include the agenda, contact information for participants, papers and presentations, work group summaries, analysis and very specific practice and policy recommendations. Good participation by regional journalists with analysis of the role of the media in framing gender issues in disasters. A number of the papers were subsequently published elsewhere. Summary of action recommendations available through the University of Hawaii:

Key words: conference report, NGO, grassroots, media, capacity building, gender analysis, all hazard, multi-hazard

Women in Disasters: Exploring the Issues Conference, Vancouver BC, 1998

Proceedings include analytic handouts, background readings, recommendations and short presentations by emergency responders, survivors, antiviolence activists and others in this conference inspired by the impacts of earthquakes in California. Available from the GDN website:

Key words: Conference report, training, gender analysis, gender-based violence, emergency management, Canada

Reaching Women and Children in Disasters

Miami FL, 1999 conference.

Key words: Conference report, practice, policy, all hazard, multi-hazard

European Conference on Gender Approaches to Health in Emergency Situations: Women's Realities

Consequences of ecological disasters and their influence on women’s health: the Russian example.
Alla Perminova. 1995. Report from the December, 1995 conference in San Marino. For more information, contact: European Centre for Disaster Medicine, Republica di San Marino.

Key words: Russia, conference report, health, recovery, vulnerability, practice

Central American Meeting on Women in Disasters

Various documents including country reports and recommendations from this 1990 conference are available in Spanish via the Regional Disaster Information Centre (CRID for its Spanish acronym) an initiative sponsored by six organizations that decided to join efforts to ensure the compilation and dissemination of disaster-related information in Latin America and the Caribbean:

Key words: Costa Rica, conference report, community, cross hazard, policy, practice, Caribbean

International Conference Recommendations 1994-2004

A series of conferences in the past two decades have brought together survivors practitioners, policy-makers and academics to consider common ground between women in disaster contexts as identify significant cultural and regional differences in approach. Each conference has resulted in a number of action-oriented recommendations addressing concerns that are both general and specific.

In preparation for the 2004 Gender Equality and Disaster Risk Reduction Workshop in Honolulu, a set of past recommendations from conferences in Pakistan, British Columbia, Miami, and Ankara were consolidated to help participants avoid ‘recreating the wheel.’ These are available on the workshop webpage through the University of Hawaii:

Key words: Conference report, policy, practice, all hazard, multi-hazard, gender analysis, women's group, emergency management, grassroots

Call to Action: Responding to Violence Against Women in Disaster

Recommendations from the Women in Disasters Conference, Vancouver BC. Available from the GDN website:

Key words: Conference report, all hazard, policy, practice, emergency management, gender-based violence, community planning

Honolulu gender and disaster workshop: Regional commentaries from participants

2004, 39 pp.Participants were asked to develop a one-page set of observations about regional issues and possibilities for gendering the disaster risk reduction agenda. Taken as a whole, they provide an excellent "state of the art" insight into the challenges ahead. Available through the Honolulu workshop website:  

Key words: Practice, policy, conference report, gender analysis, regional perspectives

Promoting gender equality in disaster risk reduction: action recommendations from gender and disaster conferences

Prepared as background for the 2004 Honolulu workshop, this document draws together action recommendations from conferences conducted in Central America, Pakistan, Australia, Canada and the US.

Key words: All hazard, multi-hazard, policy, practice, emergency management

Gender Notes 1 - Women, Gender and the Hyogo Framework for Action

Author: Elaine Enarson                                                           
Published by: Gender and Disaster Network                                          
Date Published: June 2009

This document serves as a guide in gendering disaster risk reduction through the HFA. It presents challenges and opportunities for each of the HFA's action areas.

Availble for download from the GDN website:

Key words: gender, women, Hyogo Framework for Action, mainstreaming, gdrr