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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 ...

Gendered Challenges and Responses in Disasters
Gendered challenges and responses in disasters

The second part of the book includes nine chapters which illustrate the experiences, responses and challenges faced by women and men in dealing with various natural and human-made hazards and disasters in different parts of the world. While the chapters in this part cover familiar terrain, they also raise new questions and demonstrate the varied ways in which women have responded to these challenges.

Manjari Mehta draws attention to the unique geophysical aspects of mountains which render highlands highly vulnerable to natural hazards. The isolation and inaccessibility of these areas pose a major challenge to the delivery of timely and effective relief to the disaster-affected populace. The author quotes varied examples from India, Nepal and ...

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