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IHRR Seminar: A presentation in three parts: Gender plus Disaster plus Flood Hazard

16th October 2017, 13:00 to 14:00, W309, Geography, Maureen Fordham, Professor of Gender and Resilience, Northumbria University

2018 will be the 100 year anniversary of (limited) votes for women when men over 21 and women over 30 who were married to a property owner, could vote. It was not until 1928 that all women could vote in the UK. Although it is common to hear that women were 'given' the vote this is not the case. It took many years of struggle - by men as well as women - before this landmark was achieved. Change happens, usually slowly, even to seemingly fixed beliefs and ways of seeing. This presentation examines another example of social change: the development of gendered interpretations of disaster, focusing on three decades: 1990s (when the Gender and Disaster Network was launched); 2000s; and 2010s.

We end with a presentation on the EU emBRACE project ( and the case study of flooding in the north of England. Although emBRACE was not primarily a gender project, we can see examples of what a gender analysis reveals.

This seminar is free to attend and open to all with no need to register to attend.

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