No Accident: Resilience and the Inequality of Risk.

Author:

Hillier, D. & Castillo, G. E.

Editor:

First

Date:

2013

Region:

Global

Theme:

Gender, Risk, and Resilience

Language:

English

Publisher:

Oxfam International

Full Harvard Reference:

Hillier, D. & Castillo, G. E. (2013). No Accident: Resilience and the Inequality of Risk. Oxfam Briefing Paper. Oxfam: Oxford International. 39pp

This Oxfam briefing paper focuses on the burden of risk that is disproportionately placed on those most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and food price volatility. The paper emphasizes the increasing number of weather-related disasters, which have pushed more people into poverty. It argues that no consequences of systematic shocks (disasters) or long-term stresses (climate change) are equal. While almost anyone who is marginalised due to their class, caste, ethnicity and age disproportionately suffers, the discrimination against women throughout the education, health and employment sectors ultimately places them more at risk. Commenting on the national responsibilities and the international dimension of resilience building, the briefing note provides recommendations such as the importance of addressing inequality, power and rights.