Webinar Series

Gender and Disaster Webinar Series


Webinar #1: A Gender and Disaster Overview on July 11, 2012.  Click here.

Webinar #2: Gender-based Violence on October 10, 2012. Click here.

Webinar #3: Disasters and Women’s Health and Hygiene on January 16, 2013. Click here.

Webinar #4: Gender and Climate Change on April 10, 2013. Click here.

Webinar #5: Gender, Disaster, Policy, Politics, July 10, 2013. Click here.


How does gender impact the individual and/or collective experience of disaster?  How can an understanding of this change the way we prepare for, respond to, and recover from disaster?  What specific practices to address gender have been applied in the realm of emergency management and how has this helped to reduce risk and vulnerability?

This 5-part Gender and Disaster Webinar Series explores how gender can impact the individual and collective experience of disasters and conflict for individuals, families, and communities.  The series is designed to introduce participants to this subject through discussion of key concepts and research in this area.  It speaks also to those more familiar with this topic area and delves into specific subtopics, policy issues, and best practices.

Each webinar includes dynamic speakers who are notable in this field.  The webinars are geared for audiences made up of: academics, emergency management practitioners, service providers, relief workers, students, etc.  Participants can choose to listen to a specific session or sessions to get the most of the series as the topics pertain to them.

The Gender and Disaster Resilience Alliance and partner EPI Global are both committed to building awareness about the importance of gender impact on disaster.  Both organizations seek to identify practical approaches and solutions so that this perspective can be implemented in the field, included in emergency management programs and supported by appropriate research.  The benefit of working together is that we can reach people to whom the information is relevant and useful across many lines of discipline.  Cross-sharing will promote positive changes.


About the Host Organizations

Gender and Disaster Resilience Alliance – www.usgdra.org

Gender and Disaster Resilience Alliance is a network of women and men working in communities and organizations toward more sustainable, just and disaster resilient ways of living in the United States.  With the leadership of grassroots women, we seek to develop and strengthen the nation’s resilience to the increasing array of hazards and potential disasters we will face in the coming decades.

Many members come to US GDRA through their work on the ground to empower women as leaders for social justice, environmental sustainability and disaster risk reduction, or through professional networks and associations engaged in the practice of disaster management. Others come through the global Gender and Disaster Network formed in 1997 at the University of Colorado Natural Hazards Workshop. Each summer at this leading US conference, several dozen women and men participate in a Gender and Disaster Roundtable for networking, information exchange and, in 2009, for action planning. This new US GDRA is one outcome.

GDRA is a virtual network committed to transparency, an inclusive approach valuing difference, shared leadership, and a social justice approach to disaster reduction. Our primary areas of activity are knowledge exchange, community organizing, and concrete practical steps by, with and for grassroots women to address underlying causes of disaster risk and enable community-driven and women-led approaches to disaster management.

Elaine Enarson and Roxane Richter, representing GDRA, led the organizing efforts for this webinar.


EPI Global – www.epiglobal.org

EPI Global is a non- profit organization created to promote the practice of inclusive emergency management to the benefit of people from all backgrounds and beliefs by cooperating in planning for, responding to, recovering from, and mitigating the impact, of natural and man-made disasters.  EPI Global’s mission includes cooperating and collaborating with emergency management practitioners and community stakeholders to identify issues and find solutions across the life cycle of emergency management resulting in a better prepared public and a more capable response community.

Although EPI Global is a new organization, it has a rich history of serving the public over the last ten years. EPI Global grew out of the National Organization on Disability’s (NOD) Emergency Preparedness Initiative (EPI).  EPI formed as a program under NOD in 2001, following the attacks of September 11th, to address the need for greater awareness and integration of disability issues in emergency management.  Over the next ten years EPI successfully met its goals in bringing disability issues into the forefront of emergency planning through creative public awareness campaigns; presenting at hundreds of conferences and holding national conferences focused on this topic area; working one on one with emergency managers and disability organizations and consumers; developing customized materials for people with disabilities and emergency managers; and conducting cutting edge research.  EPI was nationally known for the Special Needs Assessment for Katrina Evacuees (SNAKE) project which deployed teams of disability experts and emergency managers to the hardest hit areas in the Gulf States following Katrina to assess response activities and make immediate change to ensure greater inclusivity of those who were impacted with disabilities.

For the coming decade, NOD has turned its focus to employability for people with disabilities.  At NOD’s request, EPI Global was established this year as a standalone organization to continue building on EPI resources and successes and expand its reach to include other vulnerable populations.  EPI Global will continue to integrate populations that are traditionally underserved in terms of disaster through direct programming to consumers, the organizations and communities that work with and serve many of them, and the emergency responders and managers who will provide services pre- and post-disaster.   The programs aim at specifically addressing different factors – age, disability, gender, socio-economic status, race, cultural backgrounds.  These and other factors can affect the impact on an individual, their family and community through all phases of a disaster.

Elizabeth Davis, Rebecca Hansen, and Kimberly Cunningham, from EPI Global led the efforts to organize this webinar.





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