Mary Fran Myers Gender and Disaster Award

The Mary Fran Myers Gender and Disaster Award recognizes disaster professionals who continue Mary Fran Myers’ goal of promoting research on gender issues in disasters and emergency management.

As co-director of the Natural Hazards Center, Myers recognized that disaster vulnerability is influenced by social, cultural, and economic structures that marginalize women and girls. The Natural Hazards Center and the Gender and Disaster Network established the award in 2002 to honor women and men whose advocacy, research, or management efforts have had a lasting, positive impact on reducing disaster vulnerability.

Individuals eligible for the award will have added to the body of knowledge on gender and disasters or furthered opportunities for women to succeed in the field. Recognizing that women and men rarely act alone, the award is also now open to gender and disaster-focused organizations which have made similar contributions.

Eligibility and Nomination

Nominations of individuals and disaster-focused organizations that have advanced gender-sensitive policy, practice, or research in the areas of disaster risk reduction will be accepted.

The selection committee is especially interested in nominations from outside the United States. Previously nominated individuals who have not won the Mary Fran Myers award are still eligible.

In honor of the Gender and Disaster Network's 20th anniversary, the 2017 recipient of the Mary Fran Myers Award will receive support to attend the Natural Hazards Workshop in Broomfield, Colorado, July 9-12. Expenses covered will include airfare, transportation, hotel, meals, and registration costs.

Award winners are invited to participate in the Workshop and will be acknowledged in the Workshop program. The winner is also invited to serve on the Mary Fran Myers Gender and Disaster Award selection committee.

Nominations Are Now Being Accepted!

To make a nomination, tell us how a single nominee's work has furthered knowledge, created opportunities, or otherwise had a lasting impact in the field of gender-related disaster risk reduction.

The nomination form will require the following information:

  • Your full name, mailing and e-mail addresses, telephone number, and those of the nominee

  • The nominee’s current resume or curriculum vitae (three-page maximum)

  • A nomination statement detailing specifically how the nominee’s work fits the award criteria described above

  • An optional one-page letter of support from another person or organization

Submit a Nomination Now!

Self-nominations are not accepted. Nominations in English are preferred, however nominations in other languages may be accommodated. Please contact the selection committee before submitting an nomination in a language other than English.

Nominations should be submitted by March 31, 2017. Questions can be forwarded to Maureen Fordham or Cheney Shreve Liu.


The Gender and Disaster Network consists of women and men from around the world interested in gender relations in the context of disasters. The network's goals are to document and analyze gendered experiences before, during, and after disasters and to conduct interdisciplinary and collaborative research projects.