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.

Victims of Earthquake and Patriarchy: The 2005 Pakistan Earthquake

Victims of Earthquake and Patriarchy: The 2005 Pakistan Earthquake

Victims of earthquake and patriarchy: The 2005 Pakistan earthquake
Azra TalatSayeed

The 8 October 2005 earthquake which hit various areas of the North Western Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan and a vast area in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) will remain in the memories of the people of Pakistan and AJK for life. The earthquake measured 7.6 on the Richter scale and took thousands of lives instantaneously. Officially, 86,000 people died from the earthquake, but the figure is considered to be low. At the peak of the relief efforts, some 350,000 people were rendered homeless. Thousands of children have been orphaned.

This chapter develops a critique of the relief and rehabilitation services which were offered by the Pakistani state ...

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