Disaster Risk Management: A Gender-Sensitive Approach is a Smart Approach.

Author:

Ferris, E.

Editor:

First

Date:

2013

Region:

Theme:

Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

Language:

English

Publisher:

The Brookings Institution – London School of Economics
Project on Internal Displacement

Full Harvard Reference:

Ferris, E. (2013). Disaster Risk Management: A Gender-Sensitive Approach is a Smart Approach. In The year of recurring disasters: a review of natural disasters in 2012. Brookings Institution Press, Washington.

This chapter outlines the components of a gender-sensitive approach to disaster risk management, making the case that it is not only an issue of basic human rights but also an effective approach on the practical level. Policies that ensure that women as well as men are fully involved in planning DRR strategies and are full participants in recovery efforts are more likely to succeed. Disaster response strategies that protect and assist women as well as men are better for the community as a whole. A gender-sensitive approach is also a smart policy in that it enables the resources of all members of an affected community to be fully utilized.