Women, Gender and Disaster: Global Issues and Initiatives

Authored by: Elaine Enarson and PG Dhar Chakrabarti (Editors)

Categories: Humanitarian Emergencies
Sub-Categories: Climate and Environment, Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (DRRR)
Country: Pakistan, Nicaragua, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, United States, Japan, Canada, India, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Montserrat, Brazil, Mexico
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2010
Citation: Enarson, Elaine and PG Dhar Chakrabati, eds. Women, Gender and Disaster: Global Issues and Initiatives. London: SAGE Publications, 2010.

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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.