Lessons in disaster: Education for resilience through men's and women's experience of disaster

Caroline Spencer, Naomi Bailey, Carlyn Pauline Muir, Saadia Majeed, Dudley McArdle

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The basis of this evaluation follows-on from research conducted in Australia and other developed countries and points to the significance of gender in determining disaster experience, recovery and resilience.
Gender-based issues including increased violence against women post-disaster, inadequate support or debriefing for men, and the increase in men’s self-harming behaviours post-disaster (such as alcohol abuse, mental health issues and suicide) are particularly relevant to Australians – with our one in six chance of experiencing a disaster (McFarlane, 2005). Climate change will continue to increase the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events, increasing the urgency of attention to gendered impacts of disaster.
There is an identified need for a collaborative effort across both community and the emergency management sector to raise awareness about the impact of gender on disaster experience and outcomes, and to provide the education—and build the capacity—to incorporate gender considerations into emergency management policy, planning, decision-making and service delivery.
Original languageEnglish
Commissioning bodyWomen's Health In the North (Australia)
Number of pages54
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Evaluation
  • Disaster
  • Gender Equity

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