All around the world, International Women's Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.
Make It Happen is the 2015 theme, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women.
Each year International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women's Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.
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, strategies 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...
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation: 8 Aug 2014. Author: Thin Lei Win.
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.
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
Sharm 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."
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
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
Women There were many events around the world. below are just a couple of them from our GDN members.
HKI approach to gender in Bangladesh - here
Equality for women is progress for all - here
Gender transformative approaches in nutrition and aquatic agricultural interventions - here
Fish for nutrition and gender - here
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.
CGIAR Research Program On Climate Change, Agriculture And Food Security (CCAFS) and Food And Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations (FAO) 2012 Training Guide: Gender And Climate Change Research In Agriculture And Food Security For Rural Development. Link Here | Download Here
"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
Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs in Humanitarian Settings: An In-depth Look at Family Planning Services by Women's Refugee Commission and Save the Children (2013). this link provides the report in Arabic, French and Spanish as well as English
RACHEL E. LUFT 2008 Looking for Common Ground: Relief Work in Post-Katrina New Orleans as an American Parable of Race and Gender Violence, NWSA Journal, Vol. 20 No. 3 (Fall) here
Global Thematic Consultatation on the Post-2015 Development Agenda: ADDRESSING INEQUALITIES: Synthesis Report of Global Public Consultation
Co-led by UNICEF and UN Women. Link
Oxfam 2012 Post-2015 Development Goals: Oxfam International Position Paper here
NEW HFA TO ENSURE WOMEN INVOLVED IN DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT SAYS UNISDR here
UNDP 2012 Integrating Gender in Disaster Management in Small Island Developing States: A Guide, CRMI Caribbean Risk Management Initiative, More...
Disaster Risk Reduction in Liberia – How do international humanitarian organizations involve and promote local capacities in Disaster Risk Reduction in Liberia; and what is the local women's role? Masters thesis by Teea Emilia Holmgren & Anne Katrine Moe 2012. Download here (1 MB).
Step Up for Disaster Risk Reduction: Appreciate, Encourage and Empower the Female Voice, The Better India. More...
Climate Change, Gender and Development in Africa, AfDB, More...
Please see this flyer on the manual "Gender, Conflict and Disasters in South Asia" (2012) published by Visthar, Bangalore, authored by Mercy Kappen and Ranjani Murthy. Download flyer
LGBTQ Disaster Assistance - supporting the resilience of sexual minorities and gender diverse individuals, households, and communities in disaster and emergency management across the globe.
'Japan quake took toll on women and elderly' Brigitte Leoni. More...
"Men care about families" - Rifka Annisa men’s program by Rachmad Hidayat More...
Gender brief for the Pacific delegates attending Rio +20 more...
This year's Mary Fran Myers Award winner - Damairia Pakpahan - congratulations! More...
USAID Women in Development - Frontlines. Link
Women's Health Goulburn North East 2011 Beating the Flames: Women escaping and surviving Black Saturday. Edited by Debra Parkinson and Claire Zara
Women's Health Goulburn North East 2011 The way he tells it: Relationships after Black Saturday Written by Debra Parkinson, and based on interviews by Debra Parkinson and Claire Zara
NIDM Ecosystem Approach to Disaster Risk Reduction download
"We Deserve Better" LGBTQ YOUTH DELIVER TRAINING VIDEO TO THE New Orleans Police Department. Youth Breakout
National Center for Transgender Equality"Making Shelters Safe for Transgender Evacuees"download
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS: INFORMATION FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE ON PREPARING FOR A STORM download
Devaki Jain and Diane Elson 2011 Harvesting Feminist Knowledge for Public Policy: Rebuilding Progress, Sage India and International Development Research Centre. Download
Women Confronting Natural Disaster: From Vulnerability to Resilience by ELAINE ENARSON. More
Gender & disaster risk reduction
Consolidated recommendations, 1996-2009. More
Third Workshop On Gender And Disasters Kocaeli, Turkey, 2007. More
Isis International - Women in Action Publication - Women in a Weary World - Climate Change and Women in the Global South. More
Isis International GENDER & CLIMATE CHANGE: TOOLKIT FOR WOMEN download
Gender Equity Index 2012: The gap has not reached an “acceptable” level in any country. More
Head of UN Gender Entity Expresses ‘Deep Regret’ as Commission on Status of Women Concludes without Adopting Agreed Conclusions. More
Capire, the music of the World March of Women, in 24 languages. For more, go here
BRIDGE Cutting Edge Pack on Gender and Climate Change Bridge - Gender and Climate Change
"World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development" World Bank link (on GDN) and a critique here: Shahra Razavi "World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development
An Opportunity Both Welcome and Missed (An Extended Commentary)" UNITED NATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT link (on GDN)
"The Women of Katrina: How Gender, Race, and Class Matter in an American Disaster" edited by Emmanuel David and Elaine Enarson - more...
Resources on children and DRR: Plan International Child-Centred DRR Toolkit; Plan Child-Centred DRR: Building Resilience Through Participation; List of Plan videos on children and DRR
"Don't bother us with GENDER now, this is an emergency!" Statement from GDN members on the famine in the Horn of Africa
Gender and famine: Resources for researchers and practitioners. Gender and Disaster Network.
Weathering the Storm: Adolescent Girls and Climate Change. Plan International. Click the title to download the report.
Making Women's Voices Count in Disaster Risk Reduction Programs. Tokyo Learning Development Center. Click the title to watch recording.
Gender-Responsive Strategies on Climate Change: Recent Progress and Ways Forward for Donors. Agnes Otzelberger. BRIDGE/IDS. Click the title to download report.
Congratulations to Mirta Rodriguez Calderon recipient of the 2011 Mary Fran Myers Gender and Disaster Award. Read Mirta's profile here.
Gender-responsive disaster management seminar. 20-29 October, 2011. Japan. Organised by the National Women's Education Center of Japan (NWEC). Click this link to download flyer.
Christchurch earthquake: Report from the frontlines. Click the title to access report by Ros Houghton.
Gender Action's Essential Gender Analysis Checklist
Two documents discusssed 9 September 2010 on GDN:
Making Disaster Risk Reduction Gender-Sensitive: Policy and Practical Guidelines
New Orleans, Louisiana, August 31, 2010: Who is listening to the women of the Gulf Coast? The silence about their concerns is deafening. Read more...
Gendering DRR -- Resources for emergency responders, humanitarian workers. Read more...
Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres con Enfoque de Género. Recursos Claves. Read more...
Resources on inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in conflict and post-conflict discourse. Stephanie Ortoleva, Esq. From WUNRN Listserv.
Disaster risk reduction, gender and youth. Soroptimist International.
A K M Mamunur Rashid and Hasan Al Shafie (Developers) and Mohammad Mohiuddin (Editor). 2009 PRACTICING GENDER & SOCIAL INCLUSION in DISASTER RISK REDUCTION. Facilitators Guidebook. Directorate of Relief and Rehabilitation, Ministry of Food and Disaster Management, GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF BANGLADESH. Download here
Making Disaster Risk Reduction Gender-Sensitive: Policy and Practical Guidelines: Policy and Practical Guidelines. http://www.preventionweb.net/files/9922_MakingDisasterRiskReductionGenderSe.pdf or stored on GDN here
MAINSTREAMING GENDER IN DISASTER MANAGEMENT SUPPORT. A Report for
USAID/India. Submitted by: Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) and Chemonics International Inc. Authors: Mary Hope Schwoebel and Geeta Menon, June 2004 http://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/Pnade337.pdf or stored on GDN here
Gendering DRR -- Resources for emergency responders, humanitarian workers. Read more...
Brenda Phillips - 2010 Mary Fran Myers Award winner. Read more...
GDN reaching out in Haiti -- how can we help? Read more...
Tens of thousands of pregnant women at risk. Read more...
Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres con Enfoque de Género. Recursos Claves. Read more...
HARD-WON LESSONS: RESPONDING TO WOMEN’S INTERESTS AND NEEDS IN THE GULF COAST OIL SPILL. From the US Gender and Disaster Resilience Alliance http://www.usgdra.org/. The GDRA offers these considerations for shaping a national response that respects and builds on women’s past experience. Much has already been learned in the US about how the lives of women and men, boys and girls are transformed by disasters of all kinds. The GDRA stands ready to help put this knowledge to use through dialogue, communications networks, local subject experts, bibliographies, case studies from past US disasters, public awareness materials, a consultant roster, good practice guides and more. Download here (51kb)
"Integrating Gender into Community Based Disaster Risk Management. Training Manual". CBDRM Training and Learning Circle-Philippines; Center for Disaster Preparedness; All India Disaster Mitigation Institute; Asian Disaster Preparedness Center; ProVention Consortium; Special Unit for South - South Cooperation in UNDP. Please acknowledge the Center for Disaster Preparedness 2010. download here (7MB)
17 May 2010 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Christiana Figueres of Costa Rica to lead United Nations efforts to combat climate change. Read more
"Gender and Climate Change Research: Gaps and Questions" | Symposium organized by GenderCC, in collaboration with Bread for the World, BRIDGE (Institute of Development Studies), EED (Church Development Service) and GDN (Gender & Disaster Network) | Monday 7 June 2010 | 09:00 – 17:00. Gustav-Stresemann-Institute, Bonn / Germany (Langer Grabenweg 68). | Download invitation | Further information: firstname.lastname@example.org — www.gendercc.net
Where are the women of Haiti? To amplify Haitian women's voices, a collective effort of more than 100 international women's organizations and networks held a press conference and parallel event across the street from the Donors' Conference ...Read more
Gender Mainstreaming In Emergency Management: A TRAINING MODULE FOR EMERGENCY PLANNERS.
Elaine Enarson for Women and Health Care Reform download here
Gender Mainstreaming In Emergency Management: Facilitator Notes. Elaine Enarson for Women and Health Care Reform download here
Gender, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Climate Change Adaptation: A Learning Companion. Oxfam Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Resources. Oxfam 2010 download here
Two new documents from Women’s Environmental Network (WEN): GENDER AND THE CLIMATE CHANGE AGENDA. The impacts of climate change on women and public policy. Women’s Environmental Network 2010 (4MB) download; and the 4-page (1MB) briefing document: Why Women and Climate Change download. Both can also be found on WEN's website http://www.wen.org.uk/resources/
GDN has a baby!
Our Web Coordinator, Kristinne Sanz, gave birth to Aiden Connor Machet on 2 April 2010. Congratulations Kristinne (and partner Dan)! Welcome to GDN Aiden!
Call for nominations. The Mary Fran Myers Gender and Disaster award 2010. Deadline for submission of nominations: 16 April 2010. Click here to read more about submission guidelines.
Different Needs, Equal Opportunities: Increasing Effectiveness of Humanitarian Action for Women, Girls, Boys and Men. A New IASC online course. This three-hour, self-paced online course provides the basic steps a humanitarian worker must take to ensure gender equality in programming. The course includes information on the core issues of gender and how it relates to other aspects of humanitarian response. To register click here: http://www.interaction.org/iasc-gender-elearning
GDN eResources No 16. Click the title to download pdf.
Women’s World 2011. Call for participation. A global feminist conference to be held in Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada, July 2011. For more information, visit http://www.womensworlds.ca/call-participation
Social Media and Crisis Mapping. Using technology for crisis mapping in disaster areas, experiences in Haiti and Chile. Listen to the podcast: http://www.educationandtransition.org/resources/podcasts/technology- brings-aid-to-school-children-in-disaster-areas/
Understanding the Gender Dimensions of Emergency Management Resources and Strategies for Change. Elaine Enarson, Ph. D. Please click here to access the recording, http://www.emforum.org/pub/eiip/lm100310.wmv. The presentation Slides, Ratings and Reviews are available from the Background Page http://www.emforum.org/vforum/100310.htm.
SIS PRINSIP POU PRAN KESYON POZISYON FANM AK GASON AN KONSIDERASYON NAN ALEMYE E REKONSTWIKSYON (Six Principles for Engendered Relief and Reconstruction in Creole). Translated by Kathy Lynn and Sebastien Raphael for the GDN. Click the title to download document in pdf.
Women working with Women for Equitable Relief & Sustainable Recovery in Haiti. (Updated) The Gender and Disaster Network urges all actors responding to the Haitian earthquake to adopt a gender-responsive approach that builds on women’s capacities and resources while reflecting the gender-specific needs of women and men, boys and girls. We offer these resources for planning and advocacy and a better understanding of the need for gender-aware approaches to disaster risk management. Download document.
Gender Note Series. Authored by Elaine Enarson for the GDN. November 2009.
Gender Note #2 Women, Gender and Disaster: Hazards & Hazard Mitigation
Gender Note #3 Women, Gender and Disaster: Men & Masculinities
Gender Note #4 Women, Gender and Disaster: Abilities and Disabilities
Gender Note #5 Women, Gender and Disaster Risk Communication
Gendering Disaster Risk Reduction A Working Glossary
Women, Gender and Disaster. Global Issues and Initiatives. Edited by Elaine Enarson and P G Dhar Chakrabarti. Sage Publications. Contributors to this volume examine gender within the context of disaster management. They argue for gender mainstreaming as an effective strategy towards mitigating post-disaster gender disparity and achieving disaster risk reduction. Highlighting that gender inequalities pervade all aspects of life including health, income, education, welfare, political voice and violence in public and domestic spheres, the collection emphasizes that women's knowledge capabilities and their role in community resource management are also frequently overlooked in post-disaster rehabilitation programmes. Available for purchase from Sage: http://www.sagepub.com/books.nav, keywords "gender disaster"
Climate Change and Gender Justice. Edited by Geraldine Terry with Caroline Sweetman. Published by Oxfam. Climate Change and Gender Justice considers how gender issues are entwined with people’s vulnerability to the effects of climate change, and how gender identities and roles may affect women’s and men’s perceptions of the changes. Includes case studies on how women and men in developing countries are experiencing climate change and describe their efforts to adapt their ways of making a living to ensure survival, often against extraordinary odds. Click the title to read the publication.
Asia-Pacific 'disasters' - Calling for a gendered approach in disaster risk reduction. Open letter from the GDN Steering Group. Governments must scale up efforts in working with local people at the grassroots level to develop disaster risk reduction plans that are effective, responsive, and gender-sensitive. Click the title to download the full text.
The Influence of caste, class and gender in surviving multiple disasters. A case study from Orissa, India. Nibedita Ray-Bennett. Environmental Hazards 8 (2009) 5-22. The findings of ths study suggest a complex interplay of caste, class and gender in surviving the multiple disasters including structural mutability under the purview of social organization. In doing so, women demonstrated their individual and collective agencies in order to meet their cultural and biological needs under severe crisis. (pdf, 231KB)
Feminists and Rights-based Perspectives: Sexual and Reproductive Health in Disaster Contexts. ARROWS for Change. Vol 14 No. 3. This issue highlights the importance of addressing SRHR of women, adolescents and people of diverse gender and sexual identities in disaster risk reduction, response and recovery. Ranjani K. Murthy serves as gues editor. Click the title to download the pdf, 380KB.
Gender Sensitive Disaster Management: A Toolkit by Chaman Pincha. Translated in Turksih (Toplumsal Cinsiyete Duyarlı Afet Yönetimi, Uyarlama ve Çeviri: Derya Keskin Demirer)
Participation of Women in Community-based Disaster Management Program. Chaman Pincha with support from Shakeb Nabi for CARE India. Click the title to download the pdf (1.6mb).
Lanzamiento de productos de gestion del conocimiento en Reduccion de desastres en Centroamérica. Tenemos el placer de anunciarle el lanzamiento vía on-line en nuestra Plataforma RedDesastres del Paquete de Publicaciones y Materiales producidos teniendo como escenario el istmo centroamericano, y que nos permite conocer algo más de cómo su gente va haciendo “desarrollo” a la par de impulsar estrategias de convivencia con su entorno, e idearse muchas y variadas maneras de mitigar y reducir sus riesgos y desastres. http://www.reddesastres.org/index.php // Announcing the online launch of the RedDesastres platform which includes publications and materials produced within the context of Central American region. These materials allow us to look into how its peoples are creating “development” while simultaneously promoting coexistence strategies in their environments, and to get inspired about the many diverse ways of mitigating and reducing risks and disasters. Visit the website: http://www.reddesastres.org/index.php
Gender in Crisis: An Anthropological Perspective on Internally-Displaced Persons and Humanitarian Initiatives in Sri Lanka. Butterfield, A. (2009) Thesis (MA). San Diego State University. Department of Anthropology. This study presents an ethnographic and literature-based review of two distinct gendered themes in Sri Lanka as it wrestles with multiple crises: gender role change in crisis and humanitarian gender mainstreaming in crisis. Click the title to download the document.
Launch of a new "Back on Track" website. Back on Track is an innovative programme designed to support and further international development work on education in emergencies and post-crisis transition countries. Visit the website: www.educationandtransition.org
The publications Gender Sensitive Disaster Management Toolkit (pdf, 9.4mb) and Indian Ocean Tsunami through the gender lens (pdf, 6.9mb) both by Chaman Pincha are now available in Tamil. Click the titles to download the documents.
Mary Fran Myers Award 2009 recipient: Chaman Pincha. Read about Chaman's work here.
Gender and Climate Change in Vietnam- A Desk Review. UNIFEM Viet Nam. 2009.
Women, Gender and the Hyogo Platform for Action. GDN Gender Notes 1. Elaine Enarson, 2009.
Six Principles for Engendered Relief and Reconstruction. pdf, 141kb.
Seis Principios para Transversalizar el Género en la Respuesta
y en la Reconstrucción. pdf, 147kb.
Les Six Principes pour une Résilience et une Reconstruction Collective. pdf, 124kb.
Oral Statement by the Gender and Disaster Network: Connect and Unite Today for a Fairer Tomorrow. Read by Dr Maureen Fordham at the 2nd Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. 18 June 2009, Geneva. Watch it in Youtube.
Grassroots women share Views from the Frontline: Evaluating Local Implementation of the HFA in India. Disaster Watch shares some reflections and initial findings from the survey.
"When Children’s Worlds are Turned Upside Down…” This UNICEF video is a dynamic animation highlighting key advocacy messages on education in emergencies. Visit this link to find some practical actions to make a difference. http://www.unicef.org/devpro/index.html
Indigenous People's Global Summit on Climate Change. Read the Anchorage Declaration in the website and view the webcasts of the sessions.
Gender Aspects of Natural Disasters. By Rebecca Pearl and Irene Dankelman. Climate Change is increasingly recognized as a major human security issue that poses serious global threats. Read more
Placing Climate Change within Disaster Risk Reduction. By Ilan Kelman and Gaillard J.C. Disaster Advances Vol 1(3) July 2008. Climate change policy and action miss out on the long experience from dealing with disasters including climate-related disasters. Read more
International women's day and the GDN blog. The GDN launches its own blog for members.
Empowering women against disasters. A short advocacy video on empowering women in disaster risk reduction from UNISDR, 2009.