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Gender & emergency management

We have developed a gender and emergency management strategy (Word - 63KB) which aims to reduce the negative consequences of gender-blind practices.

Evidence shows that the incidence of family violence increases post-disaster. Men are more likely to die in floods and bushfires than women and men strongly influence family decisions to stay and defend homes during bushfires, sometimes with tragic results. To positively affect such outcomes, the influence of gender roles and differences must be understood and addressed.

Our strategy will help councils improve their understanding of gender differences and incorporate gender considerations into their emergency management policy, planning, decision making and service delivery.

As a first step we have developed a gender and emergency management fact sheet (Word - 355KB) designed to raise awareness of how gender and emergency management interact. This fact sheet also provides practical advice to help councils make a positive difference.

The short fact sheet contains information on:

  • the relevance of gender to emergency management
  • the benefits of integrating gender considerations into emergency management
  • how local government can take gender into account in emergency management
  • useful resources and information.

The MAV Gender and Emergency Management Advisory Group (GEMAG), established in 2012, have also developed three case studies to assist councils and their stakeholders to improve their understanding of gender differences and incorporate gender considerations into their emergency management policy. The case studies are:

This series of case studies outline practical and realistic real life scenarios. Information included in each case study includes recent research, action local government can take and additional resources.

For broader information and practical resource on preventing violence against women and reducing gender inequality, visit the gender equity section of the website.

Useful resources