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.

Sri Lankan Women's Organisations Responding to Post-Tsunami Violence

Sri Lankan Women's Organisations Responding to Post-Tsunami Violence

Sri Lankan women's organisations responding to post-tsunami violence

This chapter describes some of the initiatives undertaken by Sri Lankan women's organisations to respond to and reduce the risk of violence against women following the 2004 South Asian tsunami crisis. These findings provide insight into the important roles that women's organisations can play in addressing violence against women and linking post-disaster recovery to more equitable long-term development. Previous research shows that violence against women tends to increase in the aftermath of natural disasters and women are known to ‘play a vital role in disaster reduction (prevention, mitigation and preparedness), response and recovery’ (United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 2002: 12). Yet few studies have examined the exact ...

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