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"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

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

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

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

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

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

'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

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


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International Women's Day 2014

Women There were many events around the world. below are just a couple of them from our GDN members.

Oxfam have a special page for IWD here and a map to show what Oxfam staff and partners have been doing.

Helen Keller International (HKI) and WorldFish held a joint event to celebrate International Women's Day. Below are some slideshows for sharing:

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


A familiar story for GDN members: Women and girls in areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan face an increased risk of violence, sexual exploitation and trafficking

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
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...

There is a backlash against equality for women says new Head of UN Women

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.

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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