Gender-Based experiences and Perceptions after the 2010 Winter Storms in Atlantic Canada.

Author:

Vasseur, L. Thornbush, M. & Plante, S.

Editor:

First

Date:

2015

Region:

North America

Theme:

Gender and Other Natural Hazards

Language:

English

Publisher:

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Full Harvard Reference:

Vasseur, L. Thornbush, M. & Plante, S. (2015). Gender-Based experiences and Perceptions after the 2010 Winter Storms in Atlantic Canada. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 12: 12518-12529.

This longitudinal study into climate change adaptation focuses on in Atlantic Canada, where men and women from 10 coastal communities in three provinces (Quebec, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island) were interviewed to better understand how both sexes perceived and reacted to extreme weather events. Their responses were recorded based on their experiences, personal and community levels of preparedness, as well as help received and effects on their lives. Most importantly, the findings denote that more men were personally prepared and more active in the community than women. More men recognized a deficiency in help at the community level, and were critical of government in particular, addressing a lack of financial interventions and support. Women were forthcoming with their emotions, admitting to feeling fear and worry, and their perceptions in terms of impacts and actions were closer to home. The results support what others have shown that in rural and coastal communities the traditional division of labor may influence and lead to a gender bias in terms of actions and gradual adaptation in communities.