Women Rising: Empowering Flood Recovery Report Launch

The Women Rising report, launched in Cohuna last week, aims to support local governments and organisations in Regional Victoria to apply a gendered lens at each stage of disaster for more effective emergency management, from prevention and planning to response and recovery.

"Although it might be the same flood, every woman’s experience of it is her own,” - Tricia Currie, CEO WHLM

Women’s Health Loddon Mallee is thrilled to have officially launched the Women Rising: Empowering Flood Recovery report at the Cohuna Visitor’s Centre in March.

The contents of the Women Rising report, including data collected from the focus groups, will support local governments and organisations in Regional Victoria to apply a gendered lens at each stage of disaster for more effective emergency management, from prevention and planning to response and recovery. The result will be stronger and more inclusive communities in and after disasters.

About the Report

In July and August 2023 Women’s Health Loddon Mallee (WHLM) held a series of focus groups with women* across flood impacted areas within the Loddon Mallee region. By hearing first-hand from local women, WHLM has been able to build a stronger understanding of the gendered impacts of natural disasters to be able to effectively advocate for the needs of women and girls in disaster planning and response efforts across our region.

As part of their involvement in the Women Rising focus groups, attendees were also provided with crafting supplies and invited to reflect on their personal experiences around the floods. Their creations, along with a video reel of the flood recovery work undertaken by WHLM, forms the visual elements of an exhibition currently housed at the Cohuna Visitor’s Centre. 

About the Women Rising: Empowering Flood Recovery Project

In October 2022, heavy rain and storms led to a devastating flooding event in Victoria. Communities across Victoria lost homes, businesses, infrastructure, roads, and crops. The impacts of the floods were felt widely by the whole community, including stress, dislocation, financial insecurity, and disruptions to personal and family life.Women’s Health Loddon Mallee (WHLM) recognises that natural disasters exacerbate existing gender inequalities and cause unequal health, social and economic outcomes that disproportionately affect women*, including an increase in gendered violence. Considering the unique challenges that the 2022 Victorian floods in our region presented for women, WHLM responded with a multifaceted approach to support gender equality and women’s wellbeing approaches in emergency planning and management. READ MORE…

This project was made possible with funding from Women’s Health Loddon Mallee and the Victorian Government Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.