Gender Equality and Disaster Risk Reduction

an action workshop for social change

10-12 August 2004, Honolulu, Hawaii
The East-West Centre, IMIN International Conference Centre

Practical Action South Asia (then ITDG) was on the Advisory Committee to the workshop, and we also organised a parallel session on a selected theme.

This workshop was for: disaster managers; emergency responders; humanitarian relief workers; researchers; faculty andgovernmental representatives; staff and volunteers with voluntary organizations active in disasters; health workers; scholars in cultural environmental and women's studies; community organizers and planners; gender and development specialists; community members; activists; and those from regions at high risk of disaster


  • Make new connections between gender, development and disaster
  • Learn about women's grassroots work to prevent disasters
  • Identify existing and needed tools and resources
  • Increase organizational capacity to engender disaster work
  • Contribute to a new gender and disaster workbook
  • Mentor the next generation of disaster managers
  • Support men and women in nontraditional disaster work
  • Build community

Recognition for Practical Action Sri Lanka work in gender and disaster mitigation
Madhavi Ariyabandu from Practical Action Sri Lanka has been awarded the 2004 Mary Fran Myers Award by the Gender and Disaster Network for advancing women's careers in emergency management and promoting gendered disaster research.

More about Madhavi's book, Gender Dimensions in Disaster Management, co-written with Maithree Wickremasinghe, and a review of the book.

Facing Disasters Making Decisions: Gender Dimensions in Disaster Management, 31 March 2005
Practical Action South Asia introduced the video Facing Disasters Making Decisions: Gender Dimensions in Disaster Management with a view to highlight the importance of gender issues in the wake of tsunami rebuilding.

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