Individual/Community Member Specific Actions


Before Disaster

Actions for Gender equity

  • Run a community group on gender stereotypes, ideally tailored for disaster contexts, e.g. Gender equity training offered by Women’s Health Services, e.g. http://whe.org.au/what-we-do/gender-equity-for-health-outcomes/ (Gender equity in Disaster training available 2016)
  • Remember, if you are fit and strong, you can apply for a physically demanding job, whether male or female.
  • Celebrate the achievements of men and women in non-traditional roles, e.g. through media articles and community awards.

Surviving Disasters for Men and Women

During Disaster

  • Enact disaster survival plans which have been developed collaboratively with relevant household, street or community members, and based on skills and abilities, not gender.

After Disaster

Actions for Gender Equity

  • Resist stereotypes – men can be involved in caring responsibilities and women can do more than make sandwiches!

Surviving Disaster for Men and Women

  • Host an alcohol-free street or community event to reconnect networks.

Domestic Violence

General Actions


Actions for Gender Equity

  • Recognise that the way men and women act is often the result of social conditioning and these gendered roles can leave women at a disadvantage both during and after disasters
  • Resist stereotypes —base all initiatives on knowledge of difference and specific cultural, economic, political and sexual context, not generalisations (Gender and Disasters Network 2005 p. 159).

Surviving Disaster

  • Before, during, and after disasters, challenge expectations that men will behave in a defined ‘masculine’ way – encourage expression of emotion.

Domestic Violence

  • Be aware that women are at increased risk of violence. Understand that disaster is no excuse for DV.
  • Name it: Say the word ‘violent’- not ‘stressed’ and ‘angry’.
  • Follow the 4 steps to support someone suffering domestic violence after a disaster.
  • Undertake training in identifying domestic violence after disaster, e.g. (provide Iink to our training on this site).