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.

Women's Participation in Disaster Relief and Recovery

Women's Participation in Disaster Relief and Recovery

Women's participation in disaster relief and recovery
AyseYonder with SengülAkçar and PremaGopalan

As devastating as natural disasters are, they can become focal points, leading to improved future development. Post-disaster recovery can be seen as an opportunity to channel and leverage investments to upgrade the living standards of the poor, to enable the most marginalised to participate and to establish dialogue mechanisms between affected citizens and government to build accountability. In other words, it can apply principles of sustainable development to communities and regions that are likely to remain at high risk of future disasters.

During the relief phase, an infusion of funds and technical assistance often flows to the area, conventional rules and practices are questioned and previously excluded groups—such as ...

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