june, 2020

4jun - 5jun 410:30 amjun 5Gender, Pandemics, Disasters: Lessons for Primary Prevention Practitioners Online Training10:30 am - 2:30 pm (5) Online training


Event Details

BACKGROUND: The Victorian community is grappling with responding to the gendered nature of COVID-19. Existing gender norms and stereotypes may be leading to the increased burden on women in the household. Family violence reporting has also changed in nature with decreased reporting in some areas, linked to women’s lack of mobility, access to safety and privacy to report violence and COVID specific coercive abuse. Various groups of people are also more at risk of family violence in this new home-based context including older people, LGBTIQ+ people, refugees and migrants, children and people living with a disability. There are many lessons to learn from the cross over with wider gender and disaster preparedness, management and response work. The Gender and Disaster Pod has been involved in this work since 2009.

WHY: The online training package aims to strengthen the capacity of health, community and emergency sectors to challenge gender stereotypes and inequalities and understand the connection between family violence and disaster.

WHO: The training is designed for primary prevention of family violence and violence against women in Victoria. As the training is designed to be participatory, registration is limited to 20.

HOW: Please email Suzette Mitchell at Suzette.Mitchell@respectvictoria.vic.gov.au to register.


This online package will provide participants with:

  • Knowledge of the concept of the social construction of gender and the impact on men and women’s experience of disaster, using the current context of COVID as a case study as well as bushfires.
  • Knowledge to identify the implicit and explicit behaviours of individuals, and the organisational practices that support rigid gender roles.
  • Strategies and actions to facilitate constructive responses by men in and after disaster and to ensure the safety needs of women and children are met.
  • Strategies to address gender inequalities and discriminations facing LGBTIQ+ (an intersectionality lens is used to recognise inequalities to Indigenous people, the elderly, CALD, people living with disabilities and others).
  • Knowledge of how to respond and refer appropriately throughout the cycle of family violence and violence against women.


4 (Thursday) 10:30 am - 5 (Friday) 2:30 pm


Respect Victoria and Gender and Disaster Pod