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Gender & Disaster Initiative takes out 2014 Resilient Australia AwardAwards

Gender & Disaster Initiative takes out 2014 Resilient Australia Award

The Attorney General’s Department today announced the winners of the 2014 Resilient Australia Awards, which recognise and promote initiatives that support and strengthen community disaster resilience across the nation.

Bumped up from the State Awards category to a nomination in the projects of ‘National Significance’ category, Women’s Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE)—in partnership with Women’s Health in the North and Monash Injury Research Institute—have taken out the prestigious national award for their groundbreaking work in the area of gender and disaster.

Craig Lapsley, Emergency Management Commissioner, heads a newly formed Gender and Disaster Taskforce in Victoria. The taskforce is a direct result of research and recommendations from two reports produced by WHGNE after the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires: The Way he Tells it- relationships after Black Saturday and Men on Black Saturday - risks and opportunities for change, and from two national conferences: Identifying the Hidden Disaster and Just Ask – Gender & Disaster Initiative takes out 2014 Resilient Australia Awardexperiences of men after disaster.

Ms Susie Reid, Executive Officer of WHGNE, said: “We are thrilled to receive this recognition from the Attorney General’s Department, and to be in the company of other nominees and award recipients undertaking such innovative and important work.

Our research shows us that men and women respond differently to the impacts of disaster, with men frequently engaging in self-harming behaviours, and with women at a heightened risk of family violence. There is a critical need to build awareness of the issues, and it is great to have so many high-profile men from the emergency management sector contributing to this initiative through the Victorian Gender and Disaster Taskforce.

Understanding the impacts of gender on disaster will help us—as communities, organisations and governments—to improve the support that men and women receive before, during and after disasters, and we thank the Attorney General’s Department for acknowledging this vital work”.



WHGNE wins GOLD at the Sustaining Women’s Empowerment in Communities and Organisations (SWECO) Awards

At a ceremony at Parliament House in Sydney, on March 5th 2014 WHGNE was announced Gold winner of the Australian Centre for Leadership Award: ‘Sustaining Women’s Empowerment in Communities and Organisations’ (SWECO), by the Hon Prue Goward, Minister for Women.

This National award recognises the leadership of WHGNE in research, projects and advocacy which improve women’s lives across the North East, Goulburn Valley and beyond.

On accepting the Award, WHGNE CEO, Ms Susie Reid said, ‘Receiving this award is a great honour. It recognises the important work we do to improve women’s lives through our research, advocacy and collaboration with other agencies and government bodies. Our mandate is to address women’s disadvantage in rural areas and bring these particular circumstances to the attention of agencies and policy makers.  Simply put, women experience disadvantage differently in the country’.

WHGNE wins GOLD at the Sustaining Womens Empowerment in CommunitiesWHGNE has been a leader in promoting gender equity through research, training, mentoring and the development of free resources for women and agencies. Recent initiatives to highlight financial disadvantage, improve women’s financial skills and link them to vital services, including accessing small loans include:

‘The key to our ongoing success is based on the work of a small, dedicated staff, a strong culture of working with other organisations and forming partnerships and ensuring that our programs are sustainable outside of WHGNE,’ said Ms Reid.

WHGNE AwardThe Australian Centre for Leadership for Women is a virtual Centre that began in 2000. Its relevance is both national and global. It recognises the contributions of women in diverse areas including business, education, the not-for-profit sector and government. The National Awards Program is public acknowledgement of the work of individual and organisations and the women and men who advocate for women.

For more information about these awards go to Australian Centre for Leadership for Women.