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Economic Impact on Women in Disaster Affected Areas in Australia


In 2012 two National Women’s Alliances received Special Project Funds from the Office for Women to develop projects that focused on the economic impact on women in disaster affected areas in Australia. One condition of the funding was for those alliances to discuss their respective projects, identify opportunities for cooperation and collaboration and information sharing.

In 2013:

The National Rural Women’s Coalition launched a kit titled Weather the Storm which is an engagement program which can be used by community groups to support women to prepare for emergencies and disasters. It comes in a presentation folder and consists of three manuals:  Part 1 – Program Manual; Part 2 – Tools and Templates; Part 3 – Resources.  The kit is available to download for free from the NRWC website.

economic Security4Women launched Women’s voices from the floodplains, a report by JERA International, that focused an economic gender lens on responses in disaster affected areas in Queensland and Victoria (2011 floods). The anticipated outcomes of this project were for: increased opportunities for women in disaster affected areas to provide their views on economic strategies to support women in disaster situations; increased opportunities to inform policy debate and future economic strategies for disaster relief responses’ and enhanced strategies to support women affected by natural disasters that take account of their economic security needs. Download the Women’s Voices from the Floodplains report

In 2014 eS4W and NRWC hosted a policy roundtable at Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra on the 25th June, 2014.

A copy of the Summary Paper is available to download from here – eS4WNRWC_4PageSummaryImpactWomenDisasterAffectedAreasAustraliaFinal20140907

A copy of the Report from the Roundtable is available –eS4WNRWC_DisasterRoundtableReport20140826_Final

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