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.

Work-Focused Responses to Disasters: India's Self Employed Women's Association

Work-Focused Responses to Disasters: India's Self Employed Women's Association

Work-focused responses to disasters: India's self employed women's association
FrancieLund and TonyVaux


The Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) of India was born out of poorer women's need for secure work. SEWA was founded in 1972 by lawyer Ela Bhatt, who was the head of the women's wing of the Textile Labour Association. With a membership of over 690,000 workers in 2004 (Chen et al. 2006: 7), it is now well-known for its Gandhian principle of self-reliance and comprehensive approach to development. SEWA's members are all working women, who may be self-employed or informal wage workers who generally earn less and are in more precarious work than men. From the start SEWA focused on averting the kinds of crises ...

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