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 Responding to Drought in Brazil

Women Responding to Drought in Brazil

Women responding to drought in Brazil
Adélia de MeloBranco

The drought is ugly, it brings hunger and sadness for us. For days the pan has nothing to cook. Besides that we see our families split. We had to send two of our daughters to engage in domestic work in Petrolina and a son to Sao Paulo so that we would not starve. The worst is that we stay here wondering how they are doing there. I stayed with my old man (husband) and the small children. I tell you, we did not starve to death because they sent money. (Rita, 40 years old)

I have only one daughter. In the drought my husband goes away and I stay here with her. During ...

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