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An International Winter School in South Africa

An International Winter School was held between 1-5 July 2019, in Cape Town, South Africa. Its focus is: Gender Equality and Resilience to Disasters and Climate Risks: Future Research and Action Agenda(s). It was jointly organised by: the Overseas Development Institute / BRACED Programme; UCL IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster; Gender and Disaster Network; SouthSouthNorth / Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN); and Oxfam Resilience Knowledge Hub.

This Winter School brought together academics, activists, practitioners and research students to reflect collectively on how much and how well gender issues have been addressed in disaster risk reduction projects, resilience programmes and climate adaptation initiatives. This event provided a platform for participants to share their experience, learn from others’ work, confront ideas and map out an agenda of strategic research priorities.

Winter School Objectives:

- Create a dialogue between non-gender specialists and experts from different fields; across disciplines, languages and countries to debate ideas to better tackle gender inequalities;
- Connect people from different spheres of influence (research, grassroot activism, humanitarian project) to ignite synergies;
- Learn new information from other’s work, initiatives and context;
- Learn and share new skills to further one’s own and others’ research and/or practice;
- Understand the work of humanitarian and development practitioners on the ground and how they integrate issues of gender justice;
- Reflect on knowledge gaps in both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ disciplines, and information needed by development practitioners, policy makers and donors to foster equitable sustainability;
- Go beyond a ‘talking shop’ to begin to map out an action agenda.

The Agenda included:

- Making inequalities visible: Gaining information, collecting gender disaggregated data, conducting gender analyses, building and sharing evidence;
- Improving health, safety and wellbeing: Unequal access to basic services and livelihoods, different vulnerabilities to disasters and climate change;
- Re-thinking planning and infrastructures: Gender responsive infrastructure and planning to make cities, towns and villages work for all; before, during and after disasters;
- Advocating for social justice, equality and equity: Inclusion, participation, and leadership of all social categories, including intersecting axes of difference and complex identities;
- Gender and intersectionality in future research and action: Collectively building a strategic research agenda.

GDN Africa is represented at the meeting by Kylah Forbes-Biggs.

Email us if you would like to join the GDN Africa group gdn@gdnonline.org


Gender and security in Africa. African Women's Development Fund (AWDF)

This is the second in a series of three African Women's Development Fund primers entitled Feminist Perspectives on Governance, Peace and Security.

The primers are intended to:
1. Offer a review of the major debates on women, governance, peace and security in Africa.
2. Review and analyse women's movements' interventions in governance,
peace and security.
3. Offer a set of policy and advocacy priorities based on political and practical realities.
4. Benefit women's rights activists, organisations and people in government at the frontline of local and national mobilisation initiatives seeking to enhance women's leadership.
5. Assist in building alliances and structuring support across various institutions working towards enhancing women's political participation.

Source: Okech, Awino 2016 Gender and security in Africa. African Women's Development Fund (AWDF) download it here

GDN Africa Regional Hub

Welcome to the gateway to the GDN Africa Regional Hub page.

This Regional Hub was officially launched at the 1st Biennial Conference of the Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction hosted by the African Centre for Disaster Studies (ACDS) on October 11, 2012 at 9am (Potchefstroom, South Africa). The hub is hosted by the African Centre for Disaster Studies in Potchefstroom South Africa (based at North-West University Potchefstroom Campus, Potchefstroom, North-West Province 2520, South Africa).

The contact person is Kylah Forbes-Biggs. If you want to help in any way the development of the GDN Africa Regional Hub then please get in touch with either Kylah Forbes-Biggs or Maureen Fordham.

this is just the beginning! We hope to soon have GDN Africa Hubs throughout the continent. Join us and make this happen!




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