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 Gender Perspective on Disaster Risk Reduction

A Gender Perspective on Disaster Risk Reduction

A gender perspective on disaster risk reduction
Helena MolinValdés

A gender approach in disaster risk reduction is built on the understanding that both women and men are part of the same society, which as we know, does not mean that we have the same rights, education and options—neither in ‘normal’ times nor when a disaster strikes. Examples from recent tsunami-stricken South Asia, Central America, India and the Pacific show that women can act as agents of change. Several studies do confirm, however, that most of the time women are affected much worse than men when a disaster strikes and receive fewer benefits when recovery begins. Therefore, we already need to address the specific concerns of women when designing disaster risk ...

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