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 Climate for Change: Humanitarian Disaster and the Movement for the Commons in Kenya

A Climate for Change: Humanitarian Disaster and the Movement for the Commons in Kenya

A climate for change: Humanitarian disaster and the movement for the commons in Kenya

Introduction: Kenya's Humanitarian Disasters

Poverty in Kenya is a chronic humanitarian disaster and its most vicious expression is hunger. One-third of Kenyan children under the age of five are malnourished. In many cases, chronic hunger leads to stunted growth and development. As cobblers' children go barefoot, so in this country of farmers do children go hungry.

The 2007 election disaster was an acute expression of this deeper disaster which sees some 15,000,000 people with insecure tenure in rural areas, whittling away at the ‘free’ fuel and fodder of the forest; and crowded into slums, measuring living space ‘by the handkerchief’ ...

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