Gender & Disaster Pod
The Gender & Disaster (GAD) Pod is an initiative of two Victorian Women’s Health organisations, Women’s Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE) and Women’s Health In the North (WHIN), working in partnership with the Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative (MUDRI). The GAD Pod was formally established in 2015 to promote an understanding of the role played by gender in survivor responses to natural disaster, and to embed these insights into emergency management practice. The GAD Pod will build on the many initiatives emerging from foundational research conducted by WHGNE researchers Debra Parkinson and Claire Zara following the 2009 Black Saturday fires in Victoria. These initiatives include:
- The development of a range of practice based resources, including two training packages, checklists for disaster prevention agencies, issues ‘snapshots’ and postcards, and a best practice case study;
- Hosting the first conference on natural disasters and family violence – Identifying the Hidden Disaster – in 2012, followed by a subsequent conference on men and natural disaster – ‘Just Ask’: Experiences of men after disaster – in 2013;
- Involvement in the establishment of the Gender & Disaster Taskforce — an Australian first—in 2014. The purpose of the Taskforce is to provide ‘statewide strategic direction and leadership to reduce the compounding effects of gender on disaster impacts’.
Pod partners have received the following awards in recognition of their groundbreaking work in the field of gender and disaster.
2017: Mary Fran Myers Award 2017 was awarded by the Natural Hazards Centre in Boulder, Colorado, and the Gender and Disaster Network for our collaborative efforts to reduce disaster vulnerability through advocacy, research and management. The award was to the lead researchers, the three GAD Pod organisations and executive officers, EMV and DHHS (along with GAD Taskforce members and community). The award is an important recognition of the Victorian-based research in the field of gender and disaster in issues that are of significance locally, nationally and internationally.
2015: Best Thesis in the Social & Political Sciences by Monash University was presented to Dr Debra Parkinson for ‘Women’s experience of violence following the aftermath of the Black Saturday bushfires’ (Supervisors: Professor Denise Cuthbert (RMIT), Dr Kirsten McLean, Dr Danielle Tyson.)
2014: Resilient Australia Award, sponsored by the Attorney-General’s Department, for ‘Gender & Disaster: Leading the Change’, in the category of ‘Projects of National Significance’ (Awarded to WHGNE, WHIN & MIRI)
2013: Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Award for ‘Family violence after natural disaster research: Breaking new ground’, in the category of ‘Knowledge and Understanding’ Awarded to WHGNE).
Pod Partners accept 2014 Resilient Australia Award.
The GAD Pod is supported in its work by the following funders and affiliates:
- Department of Health & Human Services (Victoria)
- Emergency Management Commission of Victoria, Department of Justice (Victoria)
- National Disaster Recovery Grants Scheme
- Department of Environment, Lands, Water and Planning
- Metropolitan Fire Brigade
- Country Fire Authority
- The Nikolaous Foundation
- Victoria Police
- International Gender and Disaster Network
- Member organisations of the GAD Taskforce