“Empowering women to use emerging technology and tools on the ground in under developed and crisis hit areas for Emergency Preparedness and Incident, Crisis and Disaster reactive management.”

I have always been passionate about incident, disaster and emergency preparedness and also management of these when it sadly happens, since my days as Airfield Manager at one of the world’s busiest airports – London Heathrow. Combining that with empowering women and new technologies emerging I could see a correlation of all three  areas of my expertise blending together to become a really worthwhile project.

Whilst attending the 3rd Expert meeting at U.N-Spider in Geneva in November 2011, Conversations were had and agreement that no one was taking these 3 issues and blending them together. Hence me now trying to design and implement the project.

Human beings have been at the mercy of natural disasters since the beginning of time. Floods, fires, earthquakes and tremors, mudslides, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunami, tropical storms, ice storms, landslides, droughts and famine consistently remind us of how vulnerable we are.

The recent increase in attention to the effects of natural disasters has resulted in a plethora of different perspectives on the issue. In particular, several authors have brought a gender focus to the analysis of disaster mitigation and response, with some very interesting results (See Enarson, Delaney and Shrader, Byrne and Baden). The image of the suffering woman and child during a disaster is a popular one in the media. Women are disproportionately affected by natural disasters, usually as a result of their gendered status in society. What the media does not show, however is that women are a vital part of disaster mitigation and response efforts, whether acting within their traditional gender roles, or transcending them.

Women are made more vulnerable to disasters through their socially constructed roles. As Elaine Enarson states “..gender shapes the social worlds within which natural events occur.”

Phase 1 is commencing in Samoa during March this year - A very exciting time ahead.

If you would like to learn more about this project please contact JusComms