Women make communities more resilient to disasters

International Day for Disaster Reduction -October 12, 2012
Welcome to our first Blog!
In line with the theme for this year's International Day for Disaster
reduction, Firefoxes will celebrate the contribution of women and
girls in making our communities more resilient. As activists, law
makers, social workers, role models, community leaders, teachers and
mothers, women are powerful change agents.
In this, our first posting, we ask you to proudly share and celebrate
your stories. What has worked? What have you learned? What would you
pass on to other communities just beginning their recovery journey?

1 thought on “Women make communities more resilient to disasters”

  1. Every day, everywhere are reminders of the biggest natural disaster in Australian history. Blackened tree trunks, neighbours still living in caravans and the emotional scars etched into people’s faces. I will always respect and remember the losses that occurred that day. I will also be forever grateful for the friendships and opportunities that arose following this tragedy.

    In the months after the fires, the women in our community exhibited exceptional strength and resilience, keeping families together, supporting communities and advocating for resources. So much good was happening and I really wanted to see the momentum continue. I teamed up with Jemima (who I didn’t know before the fires) to provide opportunities for women to connect. Women are pivotal in the family unit and when you look after the women, by extension, you look after children, men, families and communities.

    With the love and support of lots of women in our community, we formed FIREFOXES – a dynamic, caring, inclusive organisation – that continues to grow.

    Disaster recovery is a long, slow journey with great challenges and rewards. I feel blessed knowing that I am ‘on purpose’ and making a difference. Because of this experience, I am a better person, mother, wife and friend.

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