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.

‘We Can Make Things Better for Each other’: Women and Girls Organise to Reduce Disasters in Central America

‘We Can Make Things Better for Each other’: Women and Girls Organise to Reduce Disasters in Central America

‘We can make things better for each other’: Women and girls organise to reduce disasters in Central America

We used to live in a very uncomfortable way, now we are free. Now we are organized.

—Yuola Health, and Water and Sanitation Committees, Pequeňa Inglaterra


When considering disaster risk reduction, it is understandable that people focus on managing disasters and the hazards themselves. However, a focus on the development linkages is becoming increasingly common (UNDP 2004) and of particular value when considering the situation of women. Women are frequent contributors to community-based development projects and activities, encouraged in part by the insistence of donors that they should have an equal role. ...

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