UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Debating gender and intersectionality approaches to resilience

23 March 2023, 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

UCL Quad

Celebrate the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster's fifth anniversary with an evening of thought-provoking debate.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Dr Louisa Acciari – UCL IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster


Room MG14
University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road
United Kingdom

At the occasion of its 5th anniversary, the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster will host an afternoon of debates on “Gender and Intersectionality Responsive Approaches to Resilience”. The Centre's Director, Professor Maureen Fordham, and team will first give an overview of their current work, highlighting key projects and achievements since the creation of the Centre. We will then bring to the spotlight our biggest project, GRRIPP, by inviting speakers from our commissioned projects in Latin America, Africa and South Asia. Our guests will address the challenges of a gender and intersectional approach to disaster management, and offer ways forward based on their knowledge and experience. We will engage in particular with issues around curriculum design, intersectional policies for women, LGBTQI+ and people with disabilities, and gender-based violence.   Come to learn from and exchange with our amazing speakers!

The seminar will take place in Lecture Theatre MG14 at the University of Westminster which is has disability access. The session will begin at 17:30 and will end at 20:00, followed by a reception with catering and beverages provided. Simultaneous translation will also be provided in English, Spanish and Portuguese so please ensure that you download the Zoom app prior to the event, and we ask that you please bring a set of headphones with you as they will not be provided.


17:30 to 17:45 – Welcome and short presentation on the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster by Professor Maureen: Fordham

17:45 – 18:45 Panel 1: Resisting multiple forms of violence in times of crisis , chaired by Dr Virginie Le Masson. Panellists are:

  • Shamim Kabir: IEDS (Bangladesh)
  • Lillian Gladys: FIDA (Uganda)
  • Maria das Graças de Jesus Xavier: União de Moradia (Brazil)
  • Jacquleen Joseph: The Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies(India)

18:45 – 19:00 Coffee break

19:00 – 20:00 Panel 2: Intersecting disasters: inclusive approaches to resilience , chaired by Olivia Walmsley. Panellists are:

  • Claudia Cardenas: GRID (Chile)
  • Muna Sharma: Tribhuvan University (Nepal)
  • Moabia Ferreira dos Anjos: Quilombo do Catucá (Brazil)
  • Muhammad Awfa Islam: Bangladesh University of Professionals (Bangladesh)

20:00 Reception for networking

If you are unable to join us in person, please join us online! A Zoom link will be provided shortly for registrations.


GRRIPP is a four-year global collaboration and knowledge-exchange project, implemented by seven universities based in Bangladesh, Peru, South Africa, and the UK. GRRIPP stands for ‘Gender Responsive Resilience and Intersectionality in Policy and Practice (GRRIPP) - Networking Plus Partnering for Resilience’ and is funded by UKRI’s Global Challenges Research Fund.

Since 2019, GRRIPP has commissioned more than 20 research and social change projects across Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia, and Southern Africa. Regional GRRIPP teams and project partners are undertaking important work in re-imagining practices of care, human relationships with the environment, the importance of indigenous knowledge, curriculum reform and much more. GRRIPP researchers around the world have also produced valuable resources for future generations of researchers and activists, including: an expansive GRRIPP Latin America and the Caribbean repository of manuals and reports, a GRRIPP reference guide to alternative references on gender, intersectionality and resilience, and a magazine exploring feminism and city spaces. To access these resources and learn more about the projects, visit: www.grripp.net.