Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction conference

April 19th, 2009 at 8:33 am by David Farrar

No I have not made this up.

has put out a PR:

Steve Chadwick leaves this weekend for a Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction conference in Beijing, China. Ms Chadwick had been invited for her former roles as both Minister of Women’s Affairs and Chair of NZPPD. …

“The purpose of this conference will be to address and review progress and existing challenges in mainstreaming gender issues in disaster risk reduction. At present there is an unequal balance in how disasters affect men and women” said Ms Chadwick.

Hell I never realised earthquakes were sexist and discriminated. Mind you those bushfires have always been a bit old fashioned so I’m not surprised they are imbalanced as to how they affect women.

Here’s some decisions from their last conference:

Refrain from funding of extractive industries, such as mining, logging and oil and natural gas extractions that exacerbate climate change, poverty and gender inequality.

We should stop logging because it causes gender inequality.

Anyway I’m not complaining about Steve attending the conference. Like Alf Grumble, I’m wondering who she pissed off to be forced to attend as punishment. Alf says:

Good grief. If two days exposure to thoughts on gender issues in disaster risk reduction is the price to be paid, you can not regard this as a junket. It’s obviously a stiff punishment, but for what?

Probably for using the word “wellness”.

Actually, talking about “wellness” should be a capital offence, but two days in Beijing banging on about genders and disasters with like-minded drones comes close to next best (or worst) on the severity scale.

I would have thought it constitutes inhumane punishment!

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23 Responses to “Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction conference”

  1. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,820 comments) says:

    The Labour party is inhumane punishment.

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  2. davidp (3,561 comments) says:

    >I would have thought it constitutes inhumane punishment!

    Not just for Chadwick, but also for the other delegates when she gets up and belts out the Gambler. They’ll probably be praying for an earthquake to bury them under a few tons of rubble if it’d end the singing.

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  3. radvad (706 comments) says:

    Hilarious. “Wellness” sits alongside “holistic” and “inappropriate” in the cringeworthy stakes.

    If Steve Chadwick and her fellow worthys at this conference really want to stop oil drilling they should stop flying around the world in oil fuel guzzling airplanes. Wait, I nearly forgot how these people think, it is only other people who are supposed to give up such evil activity.

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  4. andrei (2,532 comments) says:

    Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction?

    WTF

    Bunch over over privileged twats at a gabfest who haven’t realized they are a gender disaster.

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  5. GT (44 comments) says:

    Well, there are gender issues associated with disasters – but, and this is the big but, they are mostly associated with developing countries. Often these are countries where women (and for that matter children as well) have a pretty tough life already, and a disaster creates an even more significant contrast between conditions for men and everyone else. I’ve seen a couple of gender/children inequity presentations at disaster conferences, and inequalities certainly do exist, but anything we experience here in NZ will be very minor compared to issues faced in some countries overseas.

    What is ironic is that they decide to have their own little conference, rather than integrate into a larger existing disaster/emergency management conference where they would have a much larger audience to get their points across – and get it across to the people that count. D’oh!

    Just hope the taxpayer isn’t paying for this, and that the conference organisers are.

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  6. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    Who cares what Chadwick says? She has little or no credibility in NZ, so she’s gone overseas to meet like-minded, politically correct, left-leaning, chardonnay-drinking colleagues.

    In general, these conferences are a waste of money, talkfests which achieve nothing but the self-promotion of the attendees.

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  7. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “Just hope the taxpayer isn’t paying for this, and that the conference organisers are.”

    Me too.

    I hope I’m not paying for this worthless parasite’s trip to an equally worthless gabfest.

    Given the recession, isn’t the government meant to be exercising restraint? This would be an example of profligate waste under normal circumstances. Much worse right now.

    Better not be a taxpayer funded rort.

    If it is, where’s the White Knight in National who will finally and for ever put a stop to this bullshit, or are they all fearful that to do so might impact on their own chance at the same rort?

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  8. lofty (1,304 comments) says:

    Redbaiter (5747) Vote: Add rating 2 Subtract rating 0 Says:
    If it is, where’s the White Knight in National who will finally and for ever put a stop to this bullshit, or are they all fearful that to do so might impact on their own chance at the same rort?

    I rarely find a hell of a lot to back you on redbaiter, but in this you are 100% correct!!!!!

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  9. burt (8,045 comments) says:

    There is much to research here. I think the Aussie bush fires are possible a good recent and relevant source of statistics to study. I wouldn’t be surprised to find that when it comes to fire fighter deaths the statistics are heavily weighted toward suggesting bush fires claim more male victims. Therefore we might conclude that woman need not be worried about bush fires and focus our attention on disasters more likely to effect woman – such as a fire at a womans gym.

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  10. baxter (893 comments) says:

    Like others the only newsworthy angle is Who is paying……Anyway I can’t see much risk associated with making the tea though if there is any then China would have plenty of material with which to practise.

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  11. Poliwatch (335 comments) says:

    “Who cares what Chadwick says? She has little or no credibility in NZ, so she’s gone overseas to meet like-minded, politically correct, left-leaning, chardonnay-drinking colleagues.”

    Hey, that sounds exactly what her ex-boss got on a plane to do in the weekend.

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  12. Rex Widerstrom (5,330 comments) says:

    Damn, I missed the call for papers for that one.

    I’ll have to find someplace else to present “Earthquake Survival 101: When buildings start falling, don’t run like a girl”.

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  13. dad4justice (7,988 comments) says:

    What gender is Steve Chadwick ?

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  14. burt (8,045 comments) says:

    D4J

    A focus group has been called to set the terms of reference that will be used to address your question.

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  15. dad4justice (7,988 comments) says:

    burt; will the focus group call in expert witnesses? I hope the made in China conference goes well for the it.

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  16. Steve (4,524 comments) says:

    Chad dick is going to tell the Chinese about the dangers of smoking.
    LMFAO

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  17. Michael E (274 comments) says:

    If you google “Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction” you get a whole bunch of UN sites – anyone surprised?

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  18. Dazzaman (1,132 comments) says:

    When is she going to call herself Stephanie, Steve!, pfftttt.

    Silly woman, silly conference. Liberals have to spend money somehow!

    By the way, good riddance Cindy Kiro, evil bloody Stalinist. And shame on you Farrar for not letting us get our 2 dollars worth in.

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  19. starboard (2,492 comments) says:

    bludging leftie bastards.. as useful as chocolate teapots..”Look Phil , heres reason 326 why you fucks lost the election “

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  20. TheMaster (8 comments) says:

    Your critisim is based on the ‘fact’ that other talk fests actually achieve something?

    I don’t think so.

    Gender & Disaster, I think it might be about who has been left holding the baby (quite literally). If men are moved en mass to move mountains and no infrastructure is left for the families left behind. That might constitute a gender inequity, don’t you think?

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  21. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    As opposed to everyone sitting around in ruined infrastructure & doing nothing & then dying of cholera. That *would* solve the gender inequality I suppose.

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  22. clintheine (1,569 comments) says:

    This is what Helen is going to preside over for her term in the UN. Although this is the type of conference all Labour lefties get all wet about…. look at the resumes of Labour MPs and their wannabe successors and you’ll find conferences like this littered throughout.

    Some student unions used to run decolonisation workshops every year for their executives. Believe me this practise is taught to the idiot left for years.

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  23. david (2,557 comments) says:

    Clint
    Is “decolonisation” some sort of lower bowel resection? I know that the student union executives are full of shit but as a solution even that is a bit OTT IMVHO. However, each to their own I suppose!

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