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.

Gender Perspectives on Disaster Reconstruction in Nicaragua: Reconstructing Roles and Relations?

Gender Perspectives on Disaster Reconstruction in Nicaragua: Reconstructing Roles and Relations?

Gender perspectives on disaster reconstruction in Nicaragua: Reconstructing roles and relations?
SarahBradshaw and BrianLinneker

When Hurricane Mitch hit Central America in October 1998, the increasing inequalities and vulnerabilities associated with over ten years of neo-liberal policies were brought into sharp focus, provoking one of the worst disasters in over 200 years. The disaster affected almost 3.5 million people with the greatest impacts in Honduras and Nicaragua. It was estimated that 18,000 people died or disappeared with financial losses estimated at over US$ 6 billion (CEPAL 1999).

In Nicaragua alone, over 870,000 people were affected and over 3,000 died (Linneker et al. 1998). Nicaragua is the poorest country in the region with three-quarters of the population living on ...

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