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Gender Aspects of Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction Online Course

May 25 – June 15, 2009


Target Audience




During the last decade, more than one billion people have been affected by natural disasters. While natural hazards do not discriminate on the basis of gender, or any other social characteristics, resilience to disasters is affected in important ways and on a large scale by gender. Gender shapes the disaster experience and the ability to recover. It explains why certain groups of people are at greater risk or why some others can recover at a slower pace. Since gender plays an important role in assigning roles and responsibilities within groups and in determining the access to and control of resources among groups, gender sensitivity and gender aspect become a valid and important policy domain during disasters and throughout the rehabilitation, recovery and reconstruction process.


Gender mainstreaming is a key strategy to reduce inequalities among gender groups. Mainstreaming gender into disaster management strengthens the resilience of entire communities, cuts recovery time, and leads to more efficient recovery and reconstruction. It can be achieved by taking into account the needs, concerns and capacities of gender groups in planning and implementing disaster reduction and risk management activities.


This course is designed to facilitate the mainstreaming process by improving the understanding of gender concerns in disaster management, and to contribute to improved knowledge of available policies, regulations and tools for implementing gender sensitive disaster management practices with specific focus on disaster recovery and reconstruction.




The main objective of this course is to provide a better understanding of how gender mainstreaming contributes to equitable processes and efficient outcomes in disaster management with specific focus on disaster recovery and reconstruction. It reviews the aspects of disaster management where gender concerns arise, and introduces options – policies and tools – to consider in mainstreaming gender in disaster recovery and reconstruction for better results. The course aims to improve the understanding of:

• The differences in disaster recovery experiences of men and women as a group in the context of various regional, administrative, cultural and developmental settings,
• The socio-economic factors that mediate these differences,
• The gender needs in pre-and post disaster phases with focus on preparedness, recovery and reconstruction,
• The gender mainstreaming strategies, policies and tools suitable for disaster management,
• The role of various administrative levels in gender mainstreaming and the importance of coordination among these levels.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course participants will:

• Appreciate the diversity of disaster experiences structured by gender characteristics and the role gender plays in the ability of individuals to participate in and contribute to recovery and reconstruction,
• Be confident with a range of general and disaster-specific policies that have an impact on the vulnerabilities and disaster resilience of gender groups,
• Be familiar with tools that are crucial in mainstreaming gender in their disaster work,
• Be aware of the factors that can promote the entrenchment of gender-sensitive policies,
• Recognize the importance of information management and timely allocation of responsibilities in post disaster management.

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The course consists of three self-paced modules, discussion forums, readings, case studies, and knowledge check quizzes.  Each module is presented in narrated Power Point form.  The narration lasts from approximately 30-35 minutes for each presentation. back to top arrow



 Target Audience


The course targets policy makers, community leaders and disaster management professionals to sensitize them in gender aspects of disasters and post disaster processes. It also targets government officials, staff of development agencies, aid and relief organizations.


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To apply for the course please complete the online form at:


The deadline for submitting an application form and registration is May 18, 2009.  Qualified participants will be notified by August 20, 2007.  It is important that applicants provide a valid, correct e-mail address and mailing address.


For more information, contact:

Berna Yekeler:
CC: Anna Dimitrijevich:
CC: Shelly Kulshrestha : shelly.kul@gmail.comamorn 
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