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The Gender and Disaster Network is an educational and advocacy project initiated by women and men interested in gender relations in disaster contexts. It emerged from an early morning meeting during the July 1997 Natural Hazards Research and Applications Center workshop in Boulder, Colorado. GDN became the major outcome of the ‘Women’s Disaster Research Caucus’ meeting convened by Barbara Vogt, between 7 and 8.30 am on 17 July 1997. The Agenda items included: 1) How to network more effectively; 2) How to promote young women professionals; 3) How to promote women and gender issues as legitimate research topics; and 4) Using web-based resources for communication. We have come a long way since then!

Below is a list of all those 36 attendees who recorded their names and contact details:

Linda Bourke
Kim Carsell
Cheryl Childers
Ann Close
Susan Cutter
Niki Dash
Elaine Enarson
Maureen Fordham
Alice Fothergill
Suzanne Frew
Roni Gordon
Janet Workman Gorman
Eve Gruntfest
Jan Horton
Dick Krajeski
Karen Kristiansson
Greta Lyung
Avagene Moore
Betty Morrow
Mary Fran Myers
Sarah Nathe
Joanne Nigg
Eve Passerini
Pam Pate
Ann Patton
Kristina Peterson
Lisa Russell
Kim Shoaf
John Sorenson
Sandra Sutphen
Martha Tyler
Barb Vogt
Burt Wallrich
Jennifer Wilson
David Wingard
Ben Wisner

Elaine Enarson Maureen Fordham
Anggienetta Johnson
Avagene Moore Betty Hearn Morrow Kristina Peterson
Brenda Phillips Richard Krajeski Burt Wallrich
Suzanne Frew Ben Wisner who is missing? were you there in 1997?


"..natural disasters lower the life expectancy of women more than that of men... natural disasters on average kill more women than men or kill women at an earlier age than men...for most countries natural disasters narrow the gender gap in life expectancy." Read The Gendered Nature of Natural Disasters by Neumayer and Plumper, LSE, 2007.

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