On 7th July 2015, Victoria’s Emergency Management conference hosted the Inaugural Claire Zara Memorial Oration.   This session commemorated the ground-breaking contributions of our dear friend and WHGNE colleague, Claire.

The foremost disaster and gender scholar, Elaine Enarson, spoke about Claire’s work with men and disasater as ‘path-breaking’. It is truly a loss to international disaster studies that Claire can’t continue this important work.

Our sincere appreciation to Mark Swiney, Tony Poole, Steve O’Malley and the Conference Organising Committee for their unhesitating support.  Our hope is that the Claire Zara Memorial Oration will ensure ongoing attention to gender and disaster – a fitting tribute to this extraordinary woman.