Women Building Disaster Resilience
New Resources and Strategies

Elaine Enarson, Ph.D.
Founding Member, Gender and Disaster Network

April 25, 2012

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Related Web Resources:
Women Confronting Natural Confronting Natural Disaster: From Vulnerability to Resilience (Flyer)
The Women of Katrina: How Gender, Race, and Class Matter in an American Disaster (Flyer)
Gender and Disaster Network Website (Flyer)
Gender and Disaster Resilience Alliance Website (Flyer)
"Not Just Victims: Women in Emergencies and Disasters" (English) (French)
Gender Equality and Disaster Risk Reduction: Selected Resources

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Dr. Elaine Enarson received her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon and published her dissertation as Woods-Working Women: Sexual Integration in the U.S. Forest Service (1984). While in Nevada, she was the first director of women's studies at the University of Nevada-Reno and coordinated the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence.

Elaine is an accidental disaster sociologist whose personal experience in Hurricane Andrew sparked extensive work on gender, vulnerability and community resilience. In addition to research-based publications in the subfield of gender and disaster, she co-edited The Gendered Terrain of Disaster: Through Women's Eyes (1998), as well as Women, Gender and Disaster: Global Issues and Initiatives (2009). Most recently, she co-edited The Women of Katrina: How Gender, Race and Class Matter in an American Disaster (2012) and also published the book Women Confronting Natural Disaster: From Vulnerability to Resilience, which focuses on the United States (2012).

Elaine was lead course developer of a FEMA course on social vulnerability, and has written a number of gender mainstreaming manuals and planning guides for emergency managers and community organizations. She initiated the electronic Gender and Disaster Sourcebook, directed a grassroots risk assessment project with women in the Caribbean, and has convened numerous workshops on gender and disaster risk reduction.

Following a teaching appointment in Manitoba at Brandon University's Department of Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies, Elaine returned to independent work based in Lyons, Colorado, where she is an international consultant on gender and disaster risk reduction and teaches emergency management students on-line. Elaine was a founding member of the global Gender and Disaster Network and initiated the US-based Gender and Disaster Resilience Alliance.

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