Women, Gender and Disaster: Global Issues and Initiatives examines gender within the context of disaster risk management. It argues for gender mainstreaming as an effective strategy towards achieving disaster risk reduction and mitigating post-disaster gender disparity. Highlighting that gender inequalities pervade all aspects of life, it analyses the failure to implement inclusive and gender-sensitive approaches to relief and rehabilitation work. While examining positive strategies for change, the collection focuses on women’s knowledge, capabilities, leadership and experience in community resource management. The authors emphasize that these strengths in women, which are required for building resilience to hazards and disasters, are frequently overlooked. This timely book will be extremely useful to policy makers and professionals active in the field of disaster management and to academics and students in gender studies, social work, environmental studies and development studies.
Women's Organised Initiatives
The seven chapters of this part take us through some of the grass-roots level initiatives across continents in organising women as active agents of change in both post- and pre-disaster situations.
Maureen Fordham presents a case study on what women and girls did to reduce the risks of disasters in the Central American nation of El Salvador. The study demonstrates how women joining together could significantly change their lives and reduce the risk of disasters of the community. Different groups of women accomplished this in different ways: some organised around disaster management and then progressed to development issues, others started with development and used that as the basis of organising around disaster risk reduction, while still others worked on both disaster ...