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.

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.

The nomination period is now closed. Please check back later for 2018 Award Information.


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.