The Gender Justice in Disaster: Inspiring Action conference will bring a gender lens to critical issues of contemporary emergency.


It will inspire action at the intersect of gender and sustainable Aboriginal land management, climate change activism, discrimination against LGBTIQA+ people, the representation of women in leadership, violence against women, and more.


This international conference is located in Australia, a country known as the climate change canary. Building on the successful National Conference ‘Diversity in Disaster’ held in Melbourne in April 2018, this conference presents international experts and promises unique insights from gender and emergency management in Australia that are applicable to emergency management in other countries. This virtual event offers registration to delegates from across the globe.


The conference:

  • Asks contemporary and compelling questions of decision-makers and people affected by emergencies
  • Places gender justice at the centre of emergency management’s response to the most pressing current and emerging environmental and social challenges
  • Provokes, challenge and stimulate individuals, communities, and organisations to change and incorporate gender justice in their emergency planning and response
  • Gives voice to the lived experience of disasters
  • Connects with others’ work in both gender and disaster/emergency management, in Australia and overseas
  • Promotes the GAD Pod’s resources as tools to progress gender justice in emergency and disaster management
  • Delivers legacy documents as a valuable resource for future actions.



The Gender Justice in Disaster: Inspiring Action conference consists of three parts – a series of lead-in sessions, the conference launch, and the conference itself.


See a full description of the conference program here.


Fire. Flood. Earthquakes. With climate change making itself felt, the environmental challenges we face are changing rapidly – and so too are the ways people of different genders are impacted by them.


Who gets to lead, and what does that mean for the climate emergency?


As part of our Women at the Edge series, a panel of remarkable women working in disaster management will consider how we can take action on gender justice in disaster – and why we need to.


Join us for a thought-provoking discussion with an introduction from the Minister for Women, The Hon. Gabrielle Williams MP to launch the Gender Justice in Disaster: Inspiring Action conference, with Fire Rescue Victoria’s Commander Donna Wheatley, Commissioner for Gender Equality in the Public Sector Niki Vincent, Dr Meagan Tyler from the Centre for People, Organisation and Work at RMIT, and Cathy McGowan AO.


Book your tickets here.

Presented in partnership with The Wheeler Centre

See full program details, including a list of panel speakers, here.


Session 1
Thursday 6 May
10.20amVirtual conference opening & Acknowledgement of Country
10.30am – 11.15amBlueprint for Gender Equality, Diversity and Systemic Change – What could emergency service organisations do to achieve this?
11.20am – 12.05pm 

‘Lead-In’ to Conference
themes – Panel


Session 2
Tuesday 11 May
1.00pm – 2.30pmEmergency Service Organisations 2021 – Who’s in and who’s out?
Session 3
Thursday 13 May
10.30pm – 11.15amGendering Global Warming and Environmental Violence – Keynote
11.20am  – 12.05pm 

Climate Change Activism

Session 4
Tuesday 18 May
1.00pm – 1.45pmIndigenous Design and Disasters – Keynote
1.50pm – 2.30pm 

Sociology, Design and
Disasters – Panel

Session 5
Thursday 20 May
10.30am – 11.15amViolence against women and Disasters – Keynote
11:20 – 12:05pm 

Violence Against Women
and Disasters – Panel

Session 6
Tuesday 25 May
1.00pm – 1.45pmUnderstanding gender, and its multiple connections with disasters – Keynote
1.50pm – 2.35pm Panel to follow, on disaster and people with diverse gender and sexual identities
Session 7
Thursday 27 May
10.30am -11.15amBlack Summer’s bushfire  recovery 2020 onwards – where is it at and how did gender factor? – Panel
11.20am –12.05pmGovernment Initiatives  for reimagining gender in emergency management – Panel
12.05pm – 12.10pm  

Conference close