Gender perspectives on disaster reconstruction in Nicaragua: reconstructing roles and relations?

Author:

Bradshaw, S. and Linneker, B.

Editor:

First

Date:

2009

Region:

Central America

Theme:

Gender and Disaster Recovery

Language:

English

Publisher:

SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd

Full Harvard Reference:

Bradshaw, S. and Linneker, B. (2009) Gender perspectives on disaster reconstruction in Nicaragua: reconstructing roles and relations? In: Women, gender and disaster: global issues and initiatives. Enarson, Elaine and Chakrabarti, P. G. Dhar, eds. Sage, pp. 75-88

This book chapter focuses on the reconstruction of gender roles and relations in Nicaragua after Hurricane Mitch, 1998. The devastation of Hurricane Mitch exacerbated pre-existing inequalities and vulnerabilities already present within society. Evidence from Nicaragua demonstrates that the involvement of women within reconstruction initiatives does not provide sufficient space to encourage change of women’s position in society. The authors argue that while some women may feel that their position or situation has changed, their male counterparts may disagree. Not involving the whole community in reconstruction efforts may have negative outcomes in terms of relations between women and men, and conflict and violence. Therefore, mistakes made during the reconstruction period may negatively impact women’s position and situation both in their home and their community.