Debating gender and intersectionality approaches to resilience

23 March 2023

On the occasion of its 5th anniversary, the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster will host an afternoon of debates on “Gender and Intersectionality Responsive Approaches to Resilience”. The Centre's Director, Professor Maureen Fordham, and the team will first give an overview of their current work, highlighting key projects and achievements since the creation of the Centre. We will then bring to the spotlight our biggest project, GRRIPP, by inviting speakers from our commissioned projects in Latin America, Africa and South Asia. Our guests will address the challenges of a gender and intersectional approach to disaster management and offer ways forward based on their knowledge and experience. We will engage in particular with issues around curriculum design, intersectional policies for women, LGBTQI+ and people with disabilities, and gender-based violence.   Come to learn from and exchange with our amazing speakers!

The seminar will take place in Lecture Theatre MG14 at the University of Westminster which has disability access. The session will begin at 17:30 and will end at 20:00, followed by a reception with catering and beverages provided. Simultaneous translation will also be provided in English, Spanish and Portuguese so please ensure that you download the Zoom app prior to the event, and we ask that you please bring a set of headphones with you as they will not be provided.


17:30 to 17:45 – Welcome and short presentation on the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster by Professor Maureen: Fordham

17:45 – 18:45 Panel 1: Resisting multiple forms of violence in times of crisis, chaired by Dr Virginie Le Masson. Panellists are:

  • Shamim Kabir: IEDS (Bangladesh)
  • Lillian Gladys: FIDA (Uganda)
  • Maria das Graças de Jesus Xavier: União de Moradia (Brazil)
  • Jacquleen Joseph: The Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies(India)

18:45 – 19:00 Coffee break

19:00 – 20:00 Panel 2: Intersecting disasters: inclusive approaches to resilience, chaired by Olivia Walmsley. Panellists are:

  • Claudia Cardenas: GRID (Chile)
  • Muna Sharma: Tribhuvan University (Nepal)
  • Moabia Ferreira dos Anjos: Quilombo do Catucá (Brazil)
  • Muhammad Awfa Islam: Bangladesh University of Professionals (Bangladesh)

20:00 Reception for networking

If you are unable to join us in person, please join us online! A Zoom link will be provided shortly for registrations.