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.

Gendering Disaster Risk Reduction: 57 Steps from Words to Action

Gendering Disaster Risk Reduction: 57 Steps from Words to Action

Gendering disaster risk reduction: 57 steps from words to action
ElaineEnarson

One quake or eruption or flood at a time, we learn (or do not) how we are manufacturing the great and small catastrophes of our day. Politicians fly back to their comfort zone, relief workers set up off stage to relieve human suffering and journalists file their stories. Soon, scientific, government and academic studies follow with recommendations meant to interrupt the risk production process. The ‘lessons learned’ mantra implies a process of learning, reflection and change that is widely believed, deeply desired and rarely realised in practice. Time and again, it is instead its particular horror and political context that drive change, and so it was ...

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