Women in Fire and Emergency Leadership Roles
In 2015, the GAD Pod was commissioned by the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning (DELWP) to research the barriers that still exist for women in fire and emergency management roles taking on leadership roles. It involved surveying or interviewing around 500 staff from DELWP and partner organisations. Women and Emergency Management Leadership Roles Full Report (90 pages) Women and Emergency Management Leadership Roles Summary Report (18 pages)
Women’s experience of violence in the aftermath of the Black Saturday bushfires. (2015)
A Thesis Submitted in Fulfilment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy. By Debra Parkinson, Clayton: School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University. http://arrow.monash.edu.au/hdl/1959.1/1162205
Men on Black Saturday: Risks and opportunities for change
Zara, C., & Parkinson, D. (2013) Download Printed version: Vols. 1 and 2 or download each of the three volumes separately: Vol. 1: Executive Summary and Recommendations Vol. 2: The Men’s Accounts Vol. 3: Men Masculinity, Disaster: A Literature Review
‘The way he tells it…’: Relationships after Black Saturday
Parkinson, D., & Zara, C. (2011) Download the report in full or download each of the four volumes separately: Vol. 1: Relationships After Black Saturday Vol. 2: Women and Disasters: Literature Review Vol. 3: The Landscape of My Soul: Women’s Accounts Vol. 4: A Gut Feeling: The Workers’ Accounts
Beating the Flames: Women escaping and surviving Black Saturday
Parkinson, D., & Zara, C. (Eds.). (2011) Download the report in full
Watch short films by the GAD Pod and Air Punch Productions on how gender is relevant to disaster:
Dispelling The Hero Myth (4:06)
Actions and Support (1:53)
Changing Culture (2:27)
Defying Stereotypes (3:02)
Vox Pops (2:36)
Collated interviews (2015):
Hidden Disasters – Violence against women and girls after disasters (27/11/2014) Webinar presented by Debra Parkinson, Rachel Mackay & Claire Zara, to Soroptimist International.
Family violence post disaster: In conversation with Deb Parkinson (19/01/2013) [Episode 40]. Podsocs. Podcasts for social workers. Interview by Patricia Fronek.
Just Ask’: Experiences of men after disaster Melbourne, 26 November 2013
Dr Eriksen discussed the social dimensions of natural disasters for households, communities and organisations on 20 October 2015 at the GAD Pod meeting A major part of this work focuses on the culturally and historically distinct relations that underpin bushfire vulnerability and resilience. Christine’s book Gender and Wildfire: Landscapes of Uncertainty (2014) follows people’s stories of surviving, fighting, living and working with bushfire in Australia and USA. She was very warmly received and helped facilitate a lively discussion about developing national gender and emergency guidelines. Christine Eriksen (Gender Equity and Disaster)
Liam Leonard, Director of Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria, was inter viewed by GAD Pod on ‘Being LGBTI during Disaster’
Domestic violence worker Adam was interviewed by the GAD Pod regarding his work with men after disasters and how they coped with it:
Associate Profession Dale Dominey-Howes from the University of Sydney was interviewed by the GAD Pod about the issue facing LGBTI people during disasters:
Two Minute Vignette (2:00)
Full Interview (26:00)
Interview with Liam Leonard, Director of Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria
Full Interview (7:00)
The Claire Zara Memorial Oration on gender and disaster was presented at the 15th Annual Emergency Management Conference ‘Think Global, Act Local’ on 07/07/2015. Presented by the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Liz Broderick, Sir Angus Houston and Dominic Lane.
Strategies and justifications used to maintain and defend men by Dr Stephen Fisher.
Parkinson, D. (2017, in press). Investigating the increase in domestic violence post-disaster: An Australian case-study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
Gender and Emergency Guidelines (2016). See our page on this work to get further details. The following journal article also discusses the work: Parkinson, D., Duncan, A., Joyce, K. (2017). National Gender and Emergency Management guidelines, Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 32(1), 21-23.
Zara, C., Parkinson, D., Duncan, A., and Joyce, K. (2016) Men and Disaster: Men’s experiences of the Black Saturday bushfires and the aftermath. The Australian Journal of Emergency Management. Vol. 31 Issue 3.
Parkinson, D. & Zara, C. (2016) ‘Men Reveal the Emotional and Personal Costs of the Black Saturday Bushfires in Victoria, Australia’ in Enarson, E. & Pease, B. (Eds.) Men, Masculinities and Disaster: Revisiting the Gendered Terrain of Disaster. London: Routledge.
Parkinson, D., Zara, C., & Davie, S. (2015). Victoria’s Gender and Disaster Taskforce. Australian Journal of Emergency Management. Vol. 30. No. 4. Oct 2015: 26-29.
Parkinson, D., & Zara, C. (2015). Women-led sustained efforts give birth to key Gender & Disaster body, many Australian “firsts”. In M. Cocchiglia (Ed.), Women’s Leadership in Risk-Resilient Development. Bangkok, Thailand: UNISDR.
Parkinson, D. (2015) Women’s experience of violence in the aftermath of the Black Saturday bushfires. A Thesis Submitted in Fulfilment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Clayton: School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University.
Parkinson, D., Farrant, B. & Duncan, A. (2015). Women and Children. In R. Walker & W. Mason (Eds.), Climate change adaptation by community based health and social service organisations Collingwood: CSIRO Publishing.
Parkinson, D., Duncan, A., & Weiss, C. (2014). The impact on women’s health of climatic and economic disaster. Position paper In Australian Women’s Health Network (Ed.). Drysdale, Vic.: AWHN
Parkinson, D., & Zara, C. (April 2013). The hidden disaster: Violence in the aftermath of natural disaster, The Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 28(2)
Zara, C. (2013). Practical Stories – Family violence after disaster training in Victoria, The Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 28(2)Parkinson, D., & Zara, C. (2013). What others said about the men
Parkinson, D., & Zara, C. (2012). Under Fire: violence in the aftermath of Black Saturday (Link 049), DVIRC Quarterly Edition 2 – Winter 2012 (13-15)
Parkinson, D., Lancaster, C. & Stewart, A. (2011), ‘A numbers game: lack of gendered data impedes prevention of disaster-related family violence’, Health Promotion Journal of Australia 2011; 22: S42-S45. Read a summary of the article, or the full version.
Forthcoming: The GAD Pod was invited to contribute to the UN Sendai Framework Words Into Action document. This paper draws on how women’s organisations relate to and operate within emergency management, and how to improve services to women in disasters.
WHGNE and WHIN’s submission to the Senate Enquiry into Economic Security for Women in Retirement. WHGNE and WHIN also presented as witnesses at the public hearings.
Health Leaders Roundtable Discussion, Old Parliament House, Canberra towards a National Strategy on Climate Change, Health and Wellbeing for Australia: Discussion Paper.
‘Improved disaster resilience through addressing increased violence against women after disaster’ presentation by D. Parkinson at the AFAC National Conference, Brisbane.
‘Addressing the barriers to women in fire and emergency leadership’ presentation by S. MacDonnell (DELWP) and D. Parkinson at the Women in Firefighting (WAFA) Conference, Brisbane.
‘National GEM Guidelines’ presentation by D. Parkinson at Emergency Management Conference, Pullman Hotel, Melbourne.
‘National GEM Guidelines’ presentation by D. Parkinson and J. Jeffrey at MUDRI Forum: Progressing Community-based Resilience, Monash University.
Women and Climate Change’ presentation by D. Parkinson at On Topic, Deakin University (Burwood campus).
Women in fire and emergency leadership roles: How can we improve the gender balance? Presentation by Alyssa Duncan and Sharon MacDonnell to the first MUDRI Forum for 2016, Disaster Resilience Initiatives: State, National and International.
Oral presentation on: ‘Gendered research leads to Gender and Disaster Taskforce in Victoria, Australia’ by D. Parkinson to the First Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Poster presentation on ‘Increased Violence Against Women after Disaster in Australia’.
The Disaster Agender: An exploration of women’s vulnerability and resilience during natural disaster. Invited as panel presenter by the Global Women’s Project at Trades Hall, Melbourne.
‘Living LGBTI and Disaster’ training facilitated by Jan Earthstar and Liam Leonard as part of NDRGS Lessons in Disaster. Delivered to 22 participants (capacity) drawn from EM middle management and local government at the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre, Craigieburn.
‘Gender Equity and Disaster’ training facilitated by Helen Riseborough as part of NDRGS Lessons in Disaster (following WHIN GE training by Sandra Morris and Annie Douglas). Delivered to 22 participants (capacity) drawn from EM middle management and local government at the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre, Craigieburn.
Mackay, R. and Wilson-Annan, A. Delivery of Men and disaster training as part of NDRGS-funded Lessons In Disaster. Delivered to 22 participants (capacity) drawn from EM middle management and local government at the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre, Craigieburn.
Poster presentation on Men and Disaster at the Population Health Congress, Hobart, Tasmania.
Oral presentation on ‘Violence against women in the aftermath of the Black Saturday bushfires’ by D. Parkinson at the Population Health Congress, Hobart, Tasmania.
National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) and Public Health Assoc. Aust. (PHAA): Developing Climate Change adaptation with vulnerable communities. D. Parkinson presenting on Women and Climate Change. Pre-conference workshop, Population Health Congress, Hobart, Tasmania.
Mackay, R. and Wilson-Annan, A. Delivery of FV and Natural Disaster training as part of NDRGS-funded Lessons In Disaster. Delivered to 22 participants (capacity) drawn from EM middle management and local government at the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre, Craigieburn.
ACOSS NCCARF Policy Workshop, Melbourne. Parkinson, D. and Duncan, A. Presenting on Climate Change and Gender.
Mackay, R. and Wilson-Annan, A. Piloting of Men and Disaster training. Myrtleford, 22 participants (capacity).
Mackay, R. (2014). Presentation at Bendigo Conference – Violence Prevention: It’s everybody’s business.
Parkinson, D. (2014) RMIT Disaster Resilience Conference (Older Men), October 2014, Keynote presentations at the RMIT Researchers’ Forum on men’s vulnerability and risk in disaster.
Parkinson, D., & Zara, C. (2014). The link between disaster and violence against women. Paper presented at the ISA World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama, Japan, as part of ISA XV111 Conference, ‘Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Global Sociology. July 17, 2014.
Parkinson, D., & Zara, C. (2014). Gender and disaster forum. Sponsored by the Science Council Japan, Tokyo, 20 July, 2014.
Diversity in Emergency Services (Gender Stream)’ – Day 2 of the 14th Annual Emergency Management Conference: NEW REALITIES
Presentations by Susie Reid and Rachael Mackay (WHGNE), Helen Riseborough (WHIN) and Frank Archer (MIRI), and by GAD Taskforce members: Daryl Taylor, Steve O’Malley, and Stephen Fontana. Keynote by Dr Christine Erikson, Prof. Bob Pease and Annette Gillespie.
Launch of the E-book, Beating the Flames, including an account of the Black Saturday fires by Sharon Bourke, Marysville resident.
Presentation of findings from ‘The Way He Tells It: Relationships after Black Saturday’
Presentation to emergency services workers, government employees, health professionals and community members in the Hume region (March 5 and 6, 2012)
Special presentation by Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick and Chief of Army, Lt. Gen. David Morrison AO
Award for ‘gender and disaster’. Wangaratta Chronicle: 24/5/17.
ABC Radio interview with Gaye Patterson on ABC Community Service Announcement on FV after disaster – an initiative of the GAD Pod and 1800 RESPECT: 19/10/16.
Domestic violence increased after the Black Saturday bushfires. Business Insider: 30/8/16.
Cultural hazards: How do emergency services respond to the LGBTI community? The Monthly: 2/16.
A burning issue. Border Mail: 28/11/15.
Why men’s violence skyrockets after natural disaster. Daily Life: 23/11/15.
Women more likely to die in natural disasters. The Sunday Age: 22/11/15.
Ashes to ashes: forgotten fire town mourns again, The Age, May 19, 2012.
Natural disasters increase violence against women, ABC Radio’s Bush Telegraph, Thursday, March 8 2012.
Silent scars of bushfire women, Diamond Valley Leader, March 7 2012
Addressing Family Violence in Communities Recovering from Emergencies: a strategy to integrate family violence services with emergency recovery, August 2016, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. The document calls for increased training, referencing the training produced and offered by the GAD Pod
Gender and disaster recovery: strategic issues and action in Australia
Tricia Hazeleger examines gendered disaster recovery issues relevant to Australian policy and planning and provides a basis for strategic directions to enhance disaster recovery.
Gendered communication and public safety: women, men and incident management
Dr Christine Owen, University of Tasmania, details research into the effects of gender on team communication and discusses ways to overcome the negative impacts.
Gender, masculinity and bushfire: Australia in an international context
Dr Meagan Tyler, Victoria University and Professor Peter Fairbrother, RMIT University offer some reasons as to why a gendered analysis of disaster and emergency management is important and how this applies specifically to bushfire.
Join the International Gender and Disaster network…
The Gender and Disaster Network is an educational project initiated by women and men interested in gender relations in disaster contexts. The GDN utilises the Internet and other forms of new media in support of a global network of researchers and practitioners while recognising that communications technology is not fully accessible and that we must try to work in many languages and contexts. It serves as an international forum for discussion, networking, and information exchange, and has a vibrant discussion list, hosted by the UN ISDR Prevention Web.
‘Compendium of Victorian Community-Based Resilience Building Case Studies’ by MUDRI and EMV