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 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)

The GAD Pod is a partnership of WHIN with Women’s Health Goulburn North East and the Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative. The GAD Pod promotes an understanding of the role of gender in survivor responses to natural disaster and embeds 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