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.
Understanding Gender Relations in Disaster
The four opening chapters of this book initiate our journey by focusing on the concepts of gender and the role of both men and women in disaster risk reduction.
Madhavi Malalgoda Ariyabandu focuses on the concept of gender and its difference from sex or sexuality. She discusses the relationship of both gender and sex with caste, class, age, ability and other aspects of human life and states that gender mainstreaming in disaster risk reduction can be short-circuited by simple confusion about terminology, and the world view and politics they convey. The author sets the stage for dialogue by explaining the central ideas that come into play whenever we speak of ‘gender and disaster’. The author quotes examples ...