Gender Difference in Human Loss and Vulnerability in Natural Disasters: A Case Study from Bangladesh.

Author:

Ikeda, K.

Editor:

First

Date:

1995

Region:

South Asia

Theme:

Gender and Cyclones, Hurricanes, and Typhoons

Language:

English

Publisher:

SAGE Publications

Full Harvard Reference:

Ikeda, K. (1995). Gender Difference in Human Loss and Vulnerability in Natural Disasters: A Case Study from Bangladesh. Indian Journal of Gender Studies, Vol 2. 2.

This paper investigates the gender aspects in human loss and vulnerability during quick-onset disasters’ by examining the case of the 1991 cyclone in Bangladesh. The reasons for excessive female deaths are analysed, focusing on the differences in responses between women and men during the cyclone, based on several interviews. Gender issues in victimisation and vulnerability during the disaster are discussed in relation to the prevailing norm of purdah which prescribes spatial movement, behaviour and attitudes of women.