Understanding the role gender plays in survivor responses to natural disaster: Evaluating the Lessons in Disaster Programs.

Author:

Spencer, C., Bailey, N., Muir, C., Majeed, S., McArdle, D., Keech, E., Duncan, A., & Parkinson, D

Editor:

First

Date:

2018

Region:

Oceania

Theme:

Gender and Disaster

Language:

English

Publisher:

Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience

Full Harvard Reference:

Spencer, C., Bailey, N., Muir, C., Majeed, S., McArdle, D., Keech, E., Duncan, A., & Parkinson, D.,(2018) Understanding the role gender plays in survivor responses to natural disaster: Evaluating the Lessons in Disaster Programs. Australian Journal of Emergency Management. Vol. 33 (2).

This paper evaluates four gender responsive modules which were part of the 2015 Lessons in Disaster Program, coordinated by the Gender and Disaster (GAD) Pod initiative in Australia. These modules included: Identifying Family Violence After Disaster, Gender Equity in Disaster, Living LGBTI in Disaster, and Men In Disaster. The evaluation team contacted willing participants of the module sessions for a follow up telephone survey to assess whether they used the materials from the sessions to create change within their workplace and practises. Survey participants from three of the sessions claimed to have made changes post session, with participants from the LGBTI session reportedly making the most. Overall, the participants expressed mostly positive feedback with few negative comments, and the majority demonstrated a high level of interest for follow-up sessions. Whilst it was clear from the evaluation that the training delivered crucial information, the facilitators noted that the training did not represent a ‘silver-bullet’ solution but instead highlighted the importance of addressing gender equity issues within disaster management.