Launch of diversity and disaster monograph No. 3 from the Australian Journal of Emergency and the Gender and Disaster Pod


The Diversity in Disaster Conference was launched 12 months ago, on UNISDR International day for Disaster Reduction 2017, and this year on IDDR 2018,  the Gender and Disaster Pod is pleased to announce the launch of the legacy documents from this conference. Diversity is intricately linked with economic and environmental risks. In regard to gender, for example, disaster disproportionately affects the poor, and most of the world’s poor are women.

In particular, October the 13th 2018 will see the launch of the Conference Monograph. The Australian Journal of Emergency Management Monograph No. 3  encompasses the works of key researchers and community representatives who presented at the conference, book-ended by the Issues Paper and the Outcomes Statement. 

The Monograph joins other resources that capture elements of the conference. Videos of conference presentations are available here:

The Diversity in Disaster conference was held in Melbourne, Australia in April 2018, with partners VCOSS and RM, to raise awareness of the role diversity and gender plays in disasters. Women’s Health In the North CEO, Helen Riseborough opened the conference with these words:

“Australia is a wonderfully diverse population which we celebrate in so many ways —culture, age, religion, sexuality, gender diverse, all abilities —people defining themselves as they choose and being proud of who they are and the communities they belong to… While we value and celebrate diversity, we are not all equal. We need to ensure social equity.” - Helen Riseborough, WHIN CEO

Over 340 participants heard from researchers, policymakers, community representatives and people with lived experience from across Australia and New Zealand. The conference focused on a range of diversity topics including LGBTI-inclusive emergency management, and gendered expectations and consequences in disaster.

The catalyst for the conferences was originally to launch the National Gender and Emergency Management Guidelines. This is a set of guidelines that aims to reduce the compounding effects of gender on disaster and to fill a gap in Australian knowledge, policy and practice.