In 2012 eS4W / JERA International conducted a study ‘Women’s Voices from the Flood Plains’ an economic gender lens on responses in disaster affected areas in Queensland.  A period of time which has seen further floods in the areas covered in Queensland in 2012, 2013 and 2015.  During this time many things have changed for those who participated in the original study. 

 This year we are following up with communities in Queensland who participated in the original study to determine if the recommendations made immediately following up from the disaster have been carried out and what are the lessons learned.

 Discussion will focus around three key areas:

  • Economic growth strategies immediately following the disaster, and in the follow up from immediate response;
  • The speed of women’s re-entry into the economy following the disaster and specifically if needs around the care economy were met by government policy;  and
  • Are there localised economic growth strategies that have positively affected women and their families.

 eS4W will be holding a roundtable in Ipswich on the 19th and 20th June.  Please find the invitation attached with further information including location, times and RSVP details.  Please forward the invitation to women in your networks affected by natural disaster and encourage them to participate in the conversation.

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