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.

Engendering Tsunami Recovery in Sri Lanka: The Role of UNIFEM and its Partners

Engendering Tsunami Recovery in Sri Lanka: The Role of UNIFEM and its Partners

Engendering tsunami recovery in Sri Lanka: The role of UNIFEM and its partners
ChandniJoshi and Mihir R.Bhatt

The tsunami that hit the countries of the Indian Ocean in December 2004 had a severe impact in Sri Lanka, a country ridden for decades with conflict and poverty. Around 31,000 people were killed and 15,000 were severely injured. Furthermore, 500,000 people were displaced, and the damage to infrastructure was extensive. Nearly 400,000 people were put out of work by the tsunami, and hence it is easy to imagine that daily life in Sri Lanka came to a temporary but damaging halt. Women and children suffered significantly higher casualties than adult men (Christoplos 2006). Challenges were enormous ...

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