Lessons in Disaster Online Training

Do you work with communities affected by disasters? Don’t miss out on our valuable Lessons in Disaster training.

Lessons in Disaster training is coming to Loddon Mallee!

Do you work with communities affected by disasters? Don’t miss out on our valuable Lessons in Disaster training.

Gender and Disaster Australia has partnered with Women’s Health Loddon Mallee to bring their award-winning training to your community. Tickets are fully subsidised thanks to funding from the Federal Government and support from Women’s Health Loddon Mallee.

With the heightened probability of more intense and frequent disasters due to climate change, coupled with social fragmentation and mounting pressure on emergency services, communities face growing challenges in recovery. Extended recovery periods will have an adverse effect on families, partners, and specific vulnerable groups. Research has demonstrated an upsurge in domestic and family violence following such disasters.

Our Lessons in Disaster training will help you understand:

  • The distinct experiences of women, men, and LGBTIQA+ people during disasters.
  • How gender roles often expect men to protect and provide while women are expected to prioritise nurturing others at the expense of their own safety.
  • That LGBTIQA+ people’s needs are frequently overlooked in disaster situations.
  • That applying a gendered lens at every stage of disaster leads to stronger and more inclusive communities in recovery.

This training package contains four x 90-minute sessions.

Monday 14 August 2023

10.30am to 12.00pm – Session 1: Gender and Emergency – The Evidence

1.00pm to 2.30pm – Session 2: The Impact of Gendered Expectations – Individual, Community and Organisational

Tuesday 15 August 2023

10.30am to 12.00pm – Session 3: The Disaster Made Me Do It – The Social Reconstruction of Sex, Gender and Sexuality

1.00pm to 2.30pm – Session 4: Working Towards Change – Workshop

As Australia grapples with COVID-19, it is more critical than ever to understand the impact of gendered expectations in disasters. Gender and Disaster Australia was established to promote an understanding of the role played by gender in survivor responses to disaster, and to embed these insights into the emergency management, health and community sectors. ‘Disaster’ includes pandemics as well as bushfires, floods and other emergencies.


  • Knowledge of the concept of the social construction of gender and the impact on men and women’s experience of disaster.
  • Knowledge to identify the implicit and explicit behaviours of individuals, and the organisational practices that support rigid gender roles.
  • Strategies and actions to facilitate constructive responses by men in and after disaster and to ensure the safety needs of women and children are met.
  • Strategies to address gender inequalities.
  • Knowledge of how to refer appropriately when family violence is indicated.
  • Increased awareness of the value of building a gender-responsive organisation.

Register HERE

For information contact Asminah at GADAus: a.cohen@gadaustralia.com.au

Date and Time

August 14, 2023 – 10:30 am


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