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Gender, Disaster and Financial Wellbeing (GDFW) Project

The Gender, Disaster and Financial Wellbeing Project has developed free two-part gender responsiveness training for Victorian financial capability workers and financial counsellors in bushfire and other disaster affected areas throughout 2021. 

The training focusses on providing an increased awareness of intersecting barriers to economic security for women before, during and after disasters such as bushfire, and what workers can do to address these barriers in gender sensitive, strengths-based and trauma-informed ways. This training has been developed in consultation with both impacted women and financial counsellors and capability workers in affected areas. 

The project also developed a checklist of essential financial considerations for women before, during and in the recovery from disaster, such as bushfire. This is a tool that individuals can use themselves, or that financial counsellors and financial capability workers can guide clients through.

This project is funded by the Office for Women (Department of Families, Fairness and Housing), through Bushfire Recovery Victoria.

For more information about the Gender, Disaster and Financial Wellbeing Project contact Catherine Connolly at cconnolly@wire.org.au.

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