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.

Sex, Gender and Gender Relations in Disasters

Sex, Gender and Gender Relations in Disasters

Sex, gender and gender relations in disasters
Madhavi MalalgodaAriyabandu

The effects and impacts of disasters, the individual and institutional response, differ for men and women. These differences arise from a combination of factors and their dynamic inter-relationships. Some of the key factors include biological, sexual and socio-cultural factors which are reflected in gender relations in communities and societies. These are reviewed in turn in the discussion in this chapter.

Gender Perspectives in Disasters

Gender issues are not manifestations of disaster-related crisis situations, but are prevalent in society, operational and visible in daily life at the level of the individual, family, community and society at large and reflected institutionally as well as in social and cultural norms. Gender aspects within the social and ...

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