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June 14, 2000 - 12:00 Noon EDT

Reaching Women and Children in Disasters


Elaine Enarson, Ph. D.
Gender Disaster Network


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About Elaine Enarson

Gender Disaster Network
Miami Conference Site
Conference Agenda


EIIP Virtual Online Library Presentation
Wednesday - June 14, 2000 - 12:00 Noon EDT

Reaching Women and Children in Disasters

Elaine Enarson
Gender Disaster Network

Avagene Moore: EIIP Moderator

The EIIP Virtual Library featured Elaine Enarson, Ph D, in a repeat performance to speak about gender issues. Elaine has been involved in disaster management research for some time and is currently working as an external consultant for the International Labour Organization's InFocus Programme on Crisis Response & Reconstruction. Later this year, Elaine will join the adjunct faculty, Women's Studies Department, University of Colorado at Boulder, and Metropolitan State College Institute for Women's Services and Women's Studies.

Miami Beach was the scene of a recent conference (June 4-6) devoted to Reaching Women and Children in Disasters. Over 70 practitioners, policy-makers, and researchers from North America and around the world met to address gender issues. Representing regions and countries with different patterns of development and very different hazards, and where women and children lead very different lives, participants were united that in disaster events women and children have unique capacities and needs.


Gender Disaster Network


Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, 1971, University of California at Santa Cruz.
Master of Arts in Sociology, 1975, University of Oregon.
Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology, 198l, University of Oregon. Areas of interest: gender and public policy, disaster studies, work and family, organization theory, qualitative methods.


2000, May-present
External consultant for the International Labour Organization's InFocus Programme on Crisis Response & Reconstruction.

2000, April-present
Course developer for FEMA Higher Education Project ("A Vulnerability Approach to Emergency Management").

2000, August-December (pending)
Adjunct faculty, Women's Studies Department, University of Colorado at Boulder,
and Metropolitan State College Institute for Women's Services and Women's Studies.

1996-June, 1999
Visiting scholar, Disaster Preparedness Resources Centre, University of British Columbia Community research scholar, Centre for Research in Women's Studies and Gender
Relations, University of British Columbia.

Course coordinator and teacher (Work Opportunities for Women), North Sydney Institute of TAFE, Ryde and Hornsby Colleges, New South Wales, Australia.

Adjunct faculty, Florida International University, Department of Sociology and

Coordinator, Women's Studies Program, University of Nevada, Reno. Teaching and
research, program development, community outreach, curriculum development.

Director, Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence. Program and grant administration, outreach education, technical assistance, rural travel.

Director, Women's Programs, University of Nevada, Reno. Transitional position combining teaching and administration of UNR Women's Center.

Instructor in women's studies and sociology for Truckee Meadows Community College, Old College of Nevada, and University of Nevada, Reno. Developed outreach courses for rural students through UNR Division of Continuing Education.

Contract research sociologist, U.S. Forest Service, Region Five (Montana) investigating
gender and organizational change.

Graduate teaching and research fellow, Department of Sociology and the Center for the Sociological Study of Women, University of Oregon.


Co-organizer, "Reaching Women and Children in Disasters" conference (Miami), June 2000.
Organizer and lecturer, Women in Disaster: Exploring the Issues conference (Justice Institute of British Columbia, New Westminster BC), May 1998.

Quick-response Research Grant from the Natural Hazards Research and Applications
Information Center on "Emergency Response to Vulnerable Populations: The Coping
Strategies of Extrafamilial Caregivers." November, 1999.

Invited speaker, Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop (July 2000), Tenth
Emergency Preparedness Conference, Vancouver, BC, October 1997; Ninth World
Conference on Disaster Management, Hamilton, Ontario, June 1999.

Public speaking, 1985-1991. Presentations to academic, professional, and community groups on gender and public policy issues (University of Nevada, Reno Speakers' Bureau).
Member, Advisory Committee to the Nevada Supreme Court Task Force on Gender Bias in the Courts, 1988-1990.

Project Director, "Movers and Shakers: Visions and Revisions of Nevada Women," three-part traveling photo exhibit funded by the Nevada Humanities Committee, 1989-1991
Professional association service, 1984-present. Session organizer, moderator, discussant, and presenter at meetings of the American Sociological Association, International Sociological Association, Western Social Science Association, Pacific Sociological Association, Natural Hazards Workshop and related symposia.

Consultant, U.S. Forest Service: invited lecturer for national gender issues training sessions, 1983-1990.


UCSC, BA in Sociology with Highest Honors, 1971
Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Grant in Women's Studies, 1978
American Association of University Women Fellowship, 1978
Community action awards from: Reno Soroptimists, Women Helping Women 1990; Nevada
Women's Political Caucus, "Special Recognition," 199l; Nevada Women's History Project Making a Difference special recognition, 1997


American Sociological Association
International Sociological Association
Sociologists for Women in Society
National Women's Studies Association


Member, Colorado Women's Agenda. Denver, CO: September, 1999-present.
Management Committee, Lower North Shore Family Support Service. Lane Cove, NSW, Australia: fall l995-April 1996.
Member, Lower North Shore Domestic Violence Liaison Committee and court support volunteer. Sydney, Australia: 1995-1996.
Member, Women's Action and Information Group, Lane Cove, NWS, AU: 1994-1996.
Research and writing on women and free trade for Community Aid Abroad, Sydney: spring,1994.
Children's program volunteer, Redlands Migrant Center, Miami, Florida: winter, 1993.
Red Cross Family Services (Hurricane Andrew relief work) Miami, Florida: fall, 1992.
Founding member, Nevada Women's Lobby: 1989-1991
Member, Board of Directors, Center for Family Enrichment, Reno, Nevada: 1990-1991.
School parent volunteer activities: 1987 to present.

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