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.

Parenting in the Wake of Disaster: Mothers and Fathers Respond to Hurricane Katrina

Parenting in the Wake of Disaster: Mothers and Fathers Respond to Hurricane Katrina

Parenting in the wake of disaster: Mothers and fathers respond to hurricane Katrina
LoriPeek and AliceFothergill

Although scientists and professionals had long warned of the dangers to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast of a slow-moving hurricane, few were prepared for the enormity of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. The physical destruction and economic losses wrought by the storm, which impacted over 90,000 square miles, were immense by any measure. More than 300,000 homes were destroyed or made unlivable and over 150,000 businesses were severely impacted (White House 2006). Entire communities were wiped out by the floodwaters and fierce winds. Estimates suggest that the total damage may exceed US$ 200 billion, making it ...

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