Gen­der in spot­light

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gath­er­ing in Hor­sham later this month will ex­plore gen­der ca­pac­ity in emer­gency re­sponse and man­age­ment.

Women’s Health Grampians and part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions will present a ‘Lead­ing Change Lunch’ at Hor­sham Town Hall on Oc­to­ber 24.

The event is aimed at mem­bers of the Com­mu­ni­ties of Re­spect and Equal­ity Al­liance, CORE, and any­one in­ter­ested in build­ing aware­ness and ca­pac­ity re­gard­ing gen­der and emer­gency man­age­ment.

It is de­signed to achieve the best pos­si­ble out­comes for com­mu­ni­ties.

Women’s Health Grampians act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Rose Durey said the Wim­mera and broader Grampians re­gion reg­u­larly ex­pe­ri­enced nat­u­ral dis­as­ters such as fires, floods and heat­waves.

“Our aim with the Lead­ing Change Lunch is to bring to­gether speak­ers who will pro­vide ex­am­ples and in­for­ma­tion on ap­ply­ing a gen­der lens to en­sure bet­ter plan­ning and emer­gency re­cov­ery and help build com­mu­nity re­silience,” she said.

Ms Durey said re­search and re­sources com­ing out of a Gen­der and Dis­as­ter Pod, which in Au­gust won a 2019 Vic­to­rian Re­silient Aus­tralian Com­mu­nity Award, were ground­break­ing.

She said the Gen­der and Dis­as­ter Pod, es­tab­lished to pro­mote un­der­stand­ing of the role played by gen­der in sur­vivor re­sponses to nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, en­sures a gen­dered anal­y­sis.

Re­search into sev­eral dis­as­ters, in­clud­ing the 2009 Black Satur­day fires, iden­ti­fied dif­fer­ent ways in which women and men re­sponded to, and were af­fected by, the ex­pe­ri­ence of dis­as­ter and im­pli­ca­tions for short and long-term re­silience.

“A strik­ing find­ing is how gen­dered ex­pec­ta­tions of strong, stoic men and nur­tur­ing, pro­tec­tive women be­came more salient dur­ing and af­ter the dis­as­ter. Gen­dered ex­pec­ta­tions low­ered the re­silience of men and women,” Ms Durey said.

“This led men to de­nial, not talk­ing about the dis­as­ter, hav­ing an­gry out­bursts and not iden­ti­fy­ing when they needed help.

“In com­par­i­son, women held fam­i­lies to­gether and were re­spon­si­ble for the emo­tional health of the fam­ily – of­ten at great cost to their own health and well­be­ing. Their con­tri­bu­tions were of­ten in­vis­i­ble”

The Hor­sham event will fea­ture three speak­ers – Stephen O’malley, Amanda La­mont and In­spec­tor Di Thomp­son.

Mr O’malley will speak about the work of the Gen­der and Dis­as­ter Pod and how hav­ing a gen­der lens in fire plan­ning will in­crease com­mu­nity pre­pared­ness, sur­vival and re­silience.

Mr O’malley is a lead­ing fire­fighter

“Our aim with the Lead­ing Change Lunch is to bring to­gether speak­ers who will pro­vide ex­am­ples and in­for­ma­tion on ap­ply­ing a gen­der lens to en­sure bet­ter plan­ning and emer­gency re­cov­ery and help build com­mu­nity re­silience” – Rose Durey

and fair­ness and in­clu­sion of­fi­cer with the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Fire Brigade’s Cul­ture and Trans­for­ma­tion De­part­ment.

He is a foun­da­tion mem­ber of the Emer­gency Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria ‘Gen­der and Dis­as­ter’ task­force and trainer-fa­cil­i­ta­tor of the Gen­der and Dis­as­ter Pod’s Gen­dered Vi­o­lence and Lessons in Dis­as­ter train­ing pack­age.

Ms La­mont is from the Aus­tralasian Women in Emer­gen­cies Net­work and will talk about the work of the net­work and high­light the var­i­ous roles women play in emer­gency man­age­ment and the im­por­tance of con­nected re­silient com­mu­ni­ties.

In­spec­tor Di Thomp­son, Vic­to­ria Po­lice’s Hor­sham Area Lo­cal Com­man­der, will talk about the work Vic­to­ria Po­lice is do­ing to ad­vance gen­der equal­ity.

Women’s Health Grampians, Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil, Grampians Com­mu­nity Health, Wim­mera Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity, Sex­ual As­sault and Fam­ily Vi­o­lence Cen­tre, Of­fice for Women, and the Gen­der and Dis­as­ter Pod are sup­port­ing the Hor­sham lunch.

The event is part of a Com­mu­ni­ties of Re­spect and Equal­ity Al­liance re­gion-wide pro­gram to pre­vent vi­o­lence against women.

The CORE pro­gram brings to­gether more than 118 or­gan­i­sa­tions, net­works and as­so­ci­a­tions across much of western Vic­to­ria to cre­ate a safe, equal and re­spect­ful so­ci­ety.

Tick­ets for the event are avail­able at Hor­sham Town Hall, on­line at www. hor­sham­town­hall.com.au or by call­ing the box of­fice on 5382 9555.

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