Our Community, Our Voice - Lessons from the 2022 Maribyrnong Flood - DisasterWISE
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Our Community, Our Voice – Lessons from the 2022 Maribyrnong Flood

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This report has been developed as part of GenWest’s Flood Recovery program.

The stories and insights gained from interviewing flood-affected women in Maribyrnong offer an invaluable perspective on the effectiveness and gaps of disaster response and recovery efforts.

This report contributes to evidence about migrant and refugee women’s experiences of disaster and the impact on their health and wellbeing. In Australia, research on the impacts of disaster on women from migrant and refugee backgrounds is very limited (Minas et al., 2013). This reflects wider patterns in disaster and health planning that tend to exclude the voices of culturally and linguistically diverse communities (Minas et al., 2013; Sullivan et al., 2020).

Migrant and refugee women face ongoing hardships in accessing culturally effective support before, during and after a disaster. Examining the gendered impact of disasters is vital in helping to minimise poor outcomes for women and their communities, strengthening the resilience of disaster-prone communities, and improving disaster preparation and response for the future.

Available in English and Vietnamese on the GenWest website.

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