To mark International Women's Day 2013, on the evening of Friday 8th March, the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction will host a panel discussion, with audience participation, on "Gender and Disasters"
Did you know that women are nearly always more affected by natural disasters than men in terms of loss of life, livelihoods and homes; and being left vulnerable to exploitation in the aftermath? This gender bias is often exacerbated by disaster management, preparedness and relief agencies being dominated by men, and much aid money coming through large international organisations who do not understand the local gender issues.
In this panel discussion, we will explore why this gender bias exists and what can and should be done to empower women to redress this balance. This event is FREE and open to all members of the public.
The panel discussion will begin at 6.00 pm, and is open to all UCL staff and students and to members of the public. It will be followed by a drinks reception in the Wilkins Lower Refectory.
Date: Friday 8 March from 6.00pm to 8.30pm.
Panel discussion: 6.00pm to 7.30pm, Cruciform Building Lecture Theatre 1, University College London, Gower Street.
Reception: 7.30pm to 8.30pm, Wilkins Lower Refectory
Paola Albrito, head of the Europe Office of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.
Professor David Alexander, UCL Professor of Risk and Disaster Reduction who has conducted extensive investigations into the gender bias in the impacts of earthquakes.
Linda O’Halloran, Director of Thinking Development, a small NGO that is working with Haiti’s largest educator of women to rebuild education facilities after the 2010 earthquake.
Panel Chair: Dr Ellie Lee, Reader in social policy and expert in gender issues from University of Kent.
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UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction
Reducing the impact of disasters globally presents a colossal challenge that requires coordinated and collaborative action. The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) brings together the wealth of knowledge and expertise across the university, and through research, teaching, public engagement and knowledge exchange aims to improve the understanding of risk and overcome the barriers to increasing resilience to disasters.