Women's Health Goulburn North East
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Environmental Justice


Environmental Justice is a priority area for our work focusing on:

Environmental Justice & Women
In this section of our website, Women's Health Goulburn North East and Women's Health In the North collaboratively:

pose questions and challenges
invite your comment, your art, your poetry
proclaim women's experiences
expound our research and our stance

What do we mean by 'Environmental Justice'?

Women & Disaster:
Snapshot 1
Women and Disaster

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Relationship violence is a taboo subject. It’s always been hard for women to report, but this is taken to a new level after a disaster.
Snapshot 2
Gender in Disaster

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The relevance of gender in disaster risk.  There are different vulnerabilities in disaster depending on gender.
Snapshot 3
The Hidden Disaster

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Women’s experiences of the Victorian Black Saturday bushfires were researched.  These are the findings regarding family violence – in a nutshell.
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Checklists to keep women and children safe for: Disaster prevention, response &  recovery services

Snapshot 5
Men on Black Saturday

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What can we do?

Presentation to emergency services workers, government employees, health professionals and community members in Hume region

March 5 and 6, 2012

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Beating the Flames Women escaping and surviving Black Saturday

Return of the Wildflowers Ona Henderson © 150 dpi  20 cm high.jpgOn Black Saturday many women were left alone, often with children, to escape or fight the sudden fires.
Some made the decision to leave early and returned to a community changed physically and emotionally forever.
Read the stories of 21 women in Beating The Flames.

The accounts of how women responded and were affected during and after the Black Saturday fires
cast light on a complex and heartbreaking time. Lives changed and the aftermath continues to be felt in
families and communities devastated by fire.

We invite you to share your story. Submit your story of Black Saturday or the days, weeks and even
years that followed.

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Gender and Disaster Planning

A two-page flyer useful to emergency workers and anyone involved in disaster planning, reconstruction and recovery. Join the International Gender and Disaster network...

Women and Disaster Literature Review

It appears that the collective imagination that women and children come first in a disaster is a myth... Read the international literature review Gender and Disaster.
For a summary, see Women and Disaster article in the Australian Women's Health Network, February 2011 newsletter.

Women and Environmental Justice: a literature review

Women and Environmental Justice: a literature reviewThe Environmental Justice movement works for the fair distribution of the burdens brought by climate change. Its focus is mainly on race and socioeconomic class, yet we believe that a gendered analysis of environmental issues is central to achieving justice. This gendered focus will ensure that women and girls are not disproportionately affected by the effects of devastating environmental problems such as climate change and that any needs they have that are different to those of men will be adequately addressed. Importantly, women must be involved at all levels of addressing environmental issues, including climate-change induced disasters.

In order to ascertain the effects that climate change and other environmental issues are having on women and girls in Melbourne's northern region, this wide-ranging literature review addresses a number of topics that relate to women and environmental justice, including economic participation; vulnerability to natural disasters and heatwaves; mental health; rural women; the elderly, children and disabled; and leadership.

Our research has shown that women are unduly affected by environmental problems for three main reasons: because they are generally poorer than men, because of the social construction of womanhood and because of their longer life spans. The interaction of these factors with forms of discrimination such as sexism, racism and ageism result in social conditions that put women at risk of environmental injustice.

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Women and Environmental Justice: the presentation

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WHIN's submission to the Victorian Green Paper 2009

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The Effect of Climate Change on Women

Women's Health in the North is concerned about environmental justice! What do you know about women and climate change?

Test your knowledge with this quick quiz:

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Submit your Story

We invite you to share your story.

Submit your story of Black Saturday or the days, weeks and even years that followed.

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*Please Note Stories submitted will be posted to
this website

Submit your Art

We invite you to share your your art.

Submit your images of art you have created around the events of Black Saturday.

Email your Works of Art

*Please Note Art submitted will be posted to
this website

Submit your Poem

We invite you to share your poetry.

Submit your poems that capture the essence the events of Black Saturday.

Email your Poems

*Please Note Poems submitted will be posted to
this website

View Submitted Stories

View Submitted Art

View Submitted Poetry

Black Saturday Art

Visual art has been a way to express both the horror and grief of Black Saturday and the cautious joy in survival and renewal.

Black Saturday Poem

Domestic Ephemera

A line of clothes pegs triangulate
Blackened earth
Domestic ephemera
They have withstood
Where as I?


Front Door

Collecting the thoughts, words and images of those dispersed by the Black Saturday fires.

Front Door is a new online community arts space for people living away from fire-affected areas. We do not know the stories of many who now reside over a broad geographical area. The first Front Door project suggests taking a picture of your front door and telling us what it means for you.

The site is curated by Kim Jeffs, who lost her home and now lives away from a fire-affected area. Front Door allows for either public or private participation.

Go to: www.frontdoorproject.wordpress.com


WHIN's position statement

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