Double disaster: disaster risk through a gender lens

Bradshaw, Sarah and Fordham, Maureen (2014) Double disaster: disaster risk through a gender lens. In: Hazards, Risks and Disasters in Society. Collins, Andrew E., Jones, Samantha, Manyena, Bernard and Jayawickrama, Janaka, eds. Elsevier, pp. 233-251. ISBN 978012396451-9

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Abstract

This chapter explores the impact of disasters on women and girls, with particular reference to the context of the developing world. It critically explores the conceptual and theoretical basis for assuming that a differential impact exists. It highlights that disasters are gendered events and women and girls experience them differently from men, suffering longer term and more intangible impacts such as a rise in violence or greater insecurity in employment. Given women and girls are impacted more and differently than men and boys, it might be expected gender issues would be a key policy concern, yet the chapter highlights that gender is still excluded from much policy on disaster risk reduction. Drawing on the lessons learned from processes to “engender development,” it suggests that, although exclusion remains an issue, how women are included in disaster risk reduction and response can also raise concerns. It concludes by highlighting that tackling gendered risk demands both a reconceptualization of “disaster” and for disasters to become a development issue.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Law
Item ID: 16335
Notes on copyright: © 2015
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Depositing User: Sarah Bradshaw
Date Deposited: 27 May 2015 09:12
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 11:13
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/16335

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