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.

‘A Part of Me Had Left’: Learning from Women Farmers in Canada about Disaster Stress

‘A Part of Me Had Left’: Learning from Women Farmers in Canada about Disaster Stress

‘A Part of me had left’: Learning from women farmers in Canada about disaster stress

In May 2003, a 6-year-old cow was diagnosed with bovine spongiform encephalitis (BSE) in the Canadian province of Alberta. BSE is a fatal degenerative disease that affects the central nervous system of cattle, thought to be caused by the recycling of animal protein in ruminant feeds (Labrecque and Charlebois 2005). The linkage between BSE and Cretzfeldt–Jacob disease (the human variant of the illness) led to human food consumption safety concerns. Public outcry ignited an industrywide crisis whereby Canadian beef and cattle exports abruptly ceased. As a result, the selling price of Canadian beef dwindled (Labrecque and ...

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