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Women, Gender and Disaster

Women, Gender and Disaster
Global Issues and Initiatives

First Edition
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June 2018 | 404 pages | SAGE India
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.

P G Dhar Chakrabarti
Madhavi Malalgoda Ariyabandu
Sex, Gender and Gender Relations in Disasters
Helena Molin Valdés
A Gender Perspective on Disaster Risk Reduction
Prafulla Mishra
Let's Share the Stage: 'Involving Men in Gender Equality and Disaster Risk Reduction'
Cheryl L Anderson
Organizing for Risk Reduction: The Honolulu Call to Action
P G Dhar Chakrabarti
Manjari Mehta
Reducing Disaster Risk through Community Resilience in the Himalayas
Sarah Bradshaw and Brian Linneker
Gender Perspectives on Disaster Reconstruction in Nicaragua: Reconstructing Roles and Relations?
Samia Galal Saad
Environmental Management and Disaster Mitigation: Middle Eastern Gender Perspective
Rosalind Houghton
"Everything Became a Struggle, Absolute Struggle": Post-flood Increases in Domestic Violence in New Zealand
Katrina Lori Peek and Alice Fothergill
Parenting in the Wake of Disaster: Mothers and Fathers Respond to Hurricane
Reiko Masai, Lisa Kuzunishi and Tamiyo Kondo
Women in the Great Hanshin Earthquake
Azra Talat Sayeed
Victims of Earthquake and Patriarchy: The 2005 Pakistan Earthquake
Simone Reinsch
"A Part of Me Had Left: " Learning from Women Farmers in Canada about Disaster Stress
Tracey L O'Sullivan and Carol A Amaratunga
Supporting Women and Men on the Front Lines of Biological Disaster
P G Dhar Chakrabarti
Maureen Fordham
We Can Make Things Better for Each Other': Women and Girls Organize to Reduce Disasters in Central America
Ayse Yonder with Seng l Akçar and Prema Gopalan
Women's Participation in Disaster Relief and Recovery
Francie Lund and Tony Vaux
Work-focused Responses to Disasters: India's Self Employed Women's Association
Leigh Brownhill
A Climate for Change: Humanitarian Disaster and the Movement for the Commons in Kenya
Sarah Fisher
Sri Lankan Women's Organizations Responding to Post-tsunami Violence
Judith Soares and Audrey Y Mullings
'A We Run Tings': Women Rebuilding Montserrat
Adélia de Melo Branco
Women Responding to Drought in Brazil
P G Dhar Chakrabarti
Cecilia Castro Garcia and Luisa Emilia Reyes Zuñiga
Balancing Gender Vulnerabilities and Capacities in the Framework of Comprehensive Risk Management: The Case of Mexico
Ulrike Röhr, Minu Hemmati and Yianna Lambrou
Towards Gender Equality in Climate Change Policy: Challenges and Perspectives for the Future
Chandni Joshi and Mihir R Bhatt
Engendering Tsunami Recovery in Sri Lanka: The Role of Unifem and its Partners
Elaine Enarson
Gendering Disaster Risk Reduction: 57 Steps from Words to Action
P G Dhar Chakrabarti and Ajinder Walia
Toolkit for Mainstreaming Gender in Emergency Response

This is a good book for students trying to understand this developing field. Policy makers and researchers will be able to implement the frameworks and tools highlighted in this book. It is meant to be used as a resource for future implementation of gender-sensitive disaster risk management. The tools and framework will provide a good starting point for any policy maker. Every part of this book could have been a separate book, but the editor does a good job of weaving the extensive literature into a systematic and good read.

Gender, Technology and Development

The book not only highlights challenges that must be overcome but also provides recommendations for achieving equal participation of women in decision-making and approaches for integrating a gender perspective into disaster risk reduction strategies. It brings to light the fact that unless relief workers and officials acknowledge their vulnerable status and plan relief efforts accordingly, women will continue to be disproportionately affected by natural disasters.


This book would be good for students of psychology and organizations working with women at grassroots level to take up lessons for future course of directions.

Social Action

Women, Gender and Disaster provides a comprehensive overview of the role gender plays in various disaster situations…[The book] brings together cross-cultural and grassroots perspectives on both response and reduction, examining what is being done now and what could be done in the future…The book gives important case studies and examples for those working in the disaster management field, policy makers, academics and students alike.

Feminist Review

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