Environmental Justice

Climate change and other environmental disasters impact women and men differently.

This difference is due to socially-constructed gender roles and unequal access to power and resources. However, a gendered perspective is largely absent from policy, planning, and implementation. WHIN’s recent environmental justice work has focused on disasters and gender.

Are you looking for resources on this topic? Have a look at our Environmental Justice Resources page.

What We Do

We produce evidence, research and resources that demonstrate the relationship between women’s health and wellbeing and the impacts of environmental disasters. We advocate for organisations and government to specifically consider women’s health, safety and wellbeing when responding to these issues.

Gender and Disaster Pod (GAD Pod)

Though the GAD Pod, a partnership with Women’s Health Goulburn North East and the Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative, WHIN promotes an understanding of the role played by gender in survivor responses to natural disaster and look to embed these insights into emergency management practice. This approach allows a more accurate assessment of the different vulnerabilities and strengths of women and men, and those of diverse sexual and gender identities. Gender awareness is the first step in effective planning and response, and in building community resilience. The GAD Pod website showcases and promotes this work, and the monthly Communiqué e-news promotes responses to gender issues in a sector dominated by male workers and management.

Manager, Research, Policy and Advocacy, Dr Deb Parkinson receiving Mary Fran Myer Award

‘Lessons in Disaster’ Training

This innovative training is for middle managers in the emergency management (EM) sector, and includes information on family violence and disaster, the experience of living LGBTI in disaster and gender equity and disaster.

‘Diversity in Disaster’ Conference (17-18 April 2018)

The Diversity in Disaster conference will engage emergency management practitioners, policy-makers and community services leaders and volunteers with the latest research on disaster resilience. At the heart of the conference is the opportunity to commit to inclusive and effective emergency management by understanding the strengths and needs of people from a range of backgrounds. Participants will leave the conference with the tools and approaches to better support diverse communities to prepare, recover, bounce back and thrive.