Engendering Development and Disasters

Author:

Bradshaw, S.

Editor:

First

Date:

2014

Region:

[unspecified]

Theme:

Gender and Disaster

Language:

English

Publisher:

John Wiley & Sons Ltd

Full Harvard Reference:

Bradshaw, S. (2014). Engendering Development and Disasters. Disasters, 2014, 39 (s1):54-75.

This paper critically analyses contemporary initiatives to ‘engender’ development that see the inclusion of women for both efficiency and equality gains. It has been argued that this has resulted in a ‘feminisation of responsibility’ that can reinforce rather than challenge gender relations. The construction of women affected by disasters as both an at-risk group and as a means to reduce risk suggests similar processes of feminisation. The paper argues that if disaster risk reduction initiatives are to reduce women’s vulnerability, they need to focus explicitly on the root causes of this vulnerability and design programmes that specifically focus on reducing gender inequalities by challenging unequal gendered power relations.