Individual/Community Member Specific Actions

Before Disaster

Actions for Gender equity

[x_icon_list][x_icon_list_item type=”square-o”]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. (Gender equity in Disaster training available 2016)[/x_icon_list_item][x_icon_list_item type=”square-o”]Remember, if you are fit and strong, you can apply for a physically demanding job, whether male or female. [/x_icon_list_item][x_icon_list_item type=”square-o”]Celebrate the achievements of men and women in non-traditional roles, e.g. through media articles and community awards.[/x_icon_list_item][/x_icon_list]

Surviving Disasters for Men and Women

[x_icon_list][x_icon_list_item type=”square-o”]Run or attend (or lobby for) local classes for women in bushfires or floods, e.g. in S.A. [/x_icon_list_item][x_icon_list_item type=”square-o”]Source information on the web for women in disaster,, , [/x_icon_list_item][x_icon_list_item type=”square-o”]Join community emergency planning meetings and ensure they are inclusive to all groups, by, for example, attending to childcare, transport, timing and access issues.[/x_icon_list_item][/x_icon_list]

During Disaster

[x_icon_list][x_icon_list_item type=”square-o”]Enact disaster survival plans which have been developed collaboratively with relevant household, street or community members, and based on skills and abilities, not gender.[/x_icon_list_item][/x_icon_list]

After Disaster

Actions for Gender Equity

[x_icon_list][x_icon_list_item type=”square-o”]Resist stereotypes – men can be involved in caring responsibilities and women can do more than make sandwiches![/x_icon_list_item][/x_icon_list]

Surviving Disaster for Men and Women

[x_icon_list][x_icon_list_item type=”square-o”]Host an alcohol-free street or community event to reconnect networks.[/x_icon_list_item][/x_icon_list]

Domestic Violence

[x_icon_list][x_icon_list_item type=”square-o”]Ask! Follow the 4-steps. [/x_icon_list_item][x_icon_list_item type=”square-o”]Use or tell others about male help-lines. [/x_icon_list_item][x_icon_list_item type=”square-o”]Set up or join a male support group.[/x_icon_list_item][/x_icon_list]

General Actions

Actions for Gender Equity

[x_icon_list][x_icon_list_item type=”square-o”]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[/x_icon_list_item][x_icon_list_item type=”square-o”]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).[/x_icon_list_item][/x_icon_list]

Surviving Disaster

[x_icon_list][x_icon_list_item type=”square-o”]Before, during, and after disasters, challenge expectations that men will behave in a defined ‘masculine’ way – encourage expression of emotion. [/x_icon_list_item][/x_icon_list]

Domestic Violence

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