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.

Reducing Disaster Risk through Community Resilience in the Himalayas

Reducing Disaster Risk through Community Resilience in the Himalayas

Reducing disaster risk through community resilience in the Himalayas

In early October 2005, an earthquake devastated wide swathes of heavily populated areas of Kashmir on both sides of the Line of Control, primarily in Pakistan and to a lesser extent in India. At such high altitudes, in an inhospitable terrain and at the start of the harsh winter season, the devastation was staggering, especially in Pakistan where some 73,000 people were killed, at least as many injured and several million left homeless (Mathers 2006). It was a brutal reminder to both the Indian and Pakistani governments about the poor state of disaster management preparedness, and also drew attention to the unique challenges mountain environments pose in providing ...

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