Women Rising: Empowering Flood Recovery – Report + Exhibition Launch Gannawarra

Please join us at the upcoming launch of the Women Rising: Empowering Flood Recovery report and exhibition at the Cohuna Gateway to Gannawarra Visitors Centre.

About the Women Rising: Empowering Flood Recovery 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, including in Gannawarra Shire, Loddon Shire, Campaspe Shire, Central Goldfields Shire and Mildura.

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.

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.

If you are unable to attend the launch, you can register for a copy of the report to be emailed to you HERE.

About the Exhibition:

As part of their involvement in the Women Rising focus groups, attendees were provided with crafting supplies, including large sticks, twine and ribbons. They were invited to reflect on their personal journey and perspectives through the flooding event and their ongoing recovery. They crafted their sticks to represent their journey since the 2022 flooding event. Their sticks, along with a video reel of the flood recovery work undertaken by WHLM, will form the visual aspect of the exhibition.

Date + Time: 11am-12pm, Tuesday 19 March. [Followed by light lunch + refreshments.]

Venue: Cohuna Gateway to Gannawarra Visitors Centre

 A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Registration Essential: Please register for catering purposes.

*Women’s Health Loddon Mallee uses the term ‘women’ to include cis women, trans, non-binary and gender diverse people.

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

About the Women Rising: Empowering Flood Recovery Project:

In October 2022, heavy rain and storms led to a devastating flooding event in Victoria. High rivers, creeks, and sodden catchments had little capacity to absorb the rain, which resulted in wide-spread evacuations across northern Victorian communities along the Campaspe, Goulburn, and Murray Rivers.

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.

Where can I find more information?

For more information about the Women Rising: Empowering Flood Recovery project, please visit: Women Rising – Women’s Health Loddon Mallee (whlm.org.au)

For more information about the launch, please contact Alison Jones: ajones@whlm.org.au

Date and Time

March 19, 2024 – 11:00 am
– 12:00 pm







Cohuna Gateway to Gannawarra Visitor Centre 90 King George St, Cohuna VIC 3568, Australia
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