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.

‘Everything Became a Struggle, Absolute Struggle’: Post-Flood Increases in Domestic Violence in New Zealand

‘Everything Became a Struggle, Absolute Struggle’: Post-Flood Increases in Domestic Violence in New Zealand

‘Everything became a struggle, absolute struggle’: Post-flood increases in domestic violence in New Zealand

Every year New Zealand experiences many potentially damaging natural hazard events as a consequence of its location on the western margin of the Pacific Ocean. Floods, earthquakes, landslides and even volcanic eruptions are becoming more and more common; and numerous studies have been completed on the level of public awareness, preparedness and perception of national hazards (Leonard, Johnston and Paton 2004; Leonard, Kelman and Johnston 2004; Walton et al. 2004). However, little research has been done on the day-to-day realities faced by those who have recently experienced an event and particularly little on the specific experiences of women.

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