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.
Gender-Sensitive Disaster Risk Reduction
In the final part of the book, we present five chapters on gender-sensitive disaster risk reduction, three of them case studies drawn from the field, and two on action plans and tools for mainstreaming gender in disaster risk reduction, climate change policies and practices and emergency management.
First, Cecilia Castro García and Luisa Emilia Reyes Zúñiga illustrate some of the advances made in Mexico in the generation of institutional capabilities in risk and disaster management, as well as the challenges that still need to be overcome to reduce vulnerabilities in communities at risk and affected by disasters. The authors stress the need for specific governmental measures which should aim at creating greater preventive and response capabilities within a framework ...