From women's needs to women's rights in disasters Global Environmental Change Part B: Environmental Hazards

Author:

Enarson, E. & Fordham, M

Editor:

First

Date:

2001

Region:

Theme:

Gender and Disaster

Language:

English

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis Group Ltd.

Full Harvard Reference:

Enarson, E. & Fordham, M. (2001) From women's needs to women's rights in disasters Global Environmental Change Part B: Environmental Hazards, 3(3): 133-136.

The basis for focusing on women's rights is that 'women's fundamental human right to life is violated in disasters'. Social constructs often lead to the unnecessary and disproportionate deaths of women, and there is a large number of reasons due to social process that will increase the vulnerability of women in disaster situations. The takeaway is that gender inclusive treaties should be used to empower both women and men.