On 7th July 2015, Victoria’s Emergency Management conference hosted the Inaugural Claire Zara Memorial Oration. This 70 minute session commemorated the ground-breaking contributions of our dear friend and WHGNE colleague, Claire.
The Oration was given by Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, Sir Angus Houston, and Dominic Lane, all of whom noted the significance of Claire’s work in this field. As this was a plenary session, 500 delegates, along with Claire’s family and friends, were present to hear this moving oration.
In 2014, 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. The prominence they have given to gender and disaster over the past four years has contributed enormously to the attention that is increasingly paid to gender in emergency management. Our hope is that the Claire Zara Memorial Oration will ensure ongoing attention to gender and disaster – a fitting tribute to this extraordinary woman.