Updated 27 July 2011
(Please see below for related articles and resources)
Impact of earthquake on women, children and the elderly and actions taken
Quake’s aftermath weighs heavily on women http://www.globalissues.org/news/2011/04/15/9299
From the GDN mailing list: http://groups.preventionweb.net/scripts/wa-PREVENTIONWEB.exe?A0=GDNET-L
Please see below notes, focal points and links to agencies and organisations involved in response and recovery provided by women from Japan. With thanks to Dr Jane Henrici, Study Director of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research http://www.iwpr.org for compiling the list.
Tamiyo Kondo, Associate Professor at Kobe University Graduate School of Engineering and Department of Architecture, provided the following information:
-Some academics sent some recommendations to the national government, mainly about gender issues in disaster response and recovery phases.
-Volunteer coordinator centers are going to be set up soon. Those who would like to send supplies for women can coordinate with these centers.
-Japanese academics and planners are seeking out how to contribute to the national government’s efforts for better response and recovery.
The links below are provided by Keiko Ikeda, Shizuoka University and Yoko Saito, UNCRD Disaster Management Planning, Hyogo Office.
Announcement from the Government of Japan http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/topics/2011/earthquake2011tohoku.html
Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan
International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering http://iisee.kenken.go.jp/special2/20110311tohoku.htm
+++Reports of NGOs+++
AMDA (Medical assistance)
The NGO Collaboration Center for HANSHIN QUAKE Rehabilitation
http://tohoku-pacific-eq.seesaa.net/ (Provides daily briefings on the aftermath of the earthquake and support extended to affected prefectures)
JOICEP (Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning)
IVY (International Volunteer Centre of Yamagata) This organization coordinates NGOs in the field. http://www.ivyivy.org/e/ (Yamagata is a prefecture bordering with worst hit Miyagi)
JANIC (Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation) apex body of Japanese NGOs
http://www.janic.org/en/ (Their English-language site does not have information on the disaster)
Peace Winds Japan
Situation reports and appeal http://www.seedsasia.org/eng/projects-japan.html
World Vision Japan
http://www.worldvision.jp/english/index.html (Their English-language site does not have information on the disaster)
+++Information in multiple languages for affected foreigners+++
Tohoku area Pacific offshore earthquake multi-language support center http://eqinfojp.net/
Looking back at the Great Hanshin Awaji earthquake
In 1995, a 6.8 moment magnitude earthquake struck the southern part of the Hyogo prefecture in Japan, killing more than 6,000 people. A women’s group called Women’s Net Kobe was at the front line to give support to abused women following the earthquake. Below are some resources produced by Women’s Net relating their experiences and observations after the earthquake.
Earthquakes and women http://www.ajwrc.org/english/sub/voice/15-2-2.pdf
Discussion among women six months after the earthquake: http://homepage2.nifty.com/bousai/pdf/Discussion_eplogue.pdf