Patterns of vulnerability and resilience among women.

Author:

Ajibade, I McBean,G. & Bezner-Kerr, R

Editor:

First

Date:

2013

Region:

Africa

Theme:

Gender and Floods; Gender Risk, and Resilience

Language:

English

Publisher:

Elsevier

Full Harvard Reference:

Ajibade, I McBean,G. & Bezner-Kerr, R. (2013). Patterns of vulnerability and resilience among women. Global Environmental Change. Vol 23. pp 1714-1725.

This is a mixed method study of women's gendered experiences with the 2011 flash floods in Lagos, Nigeria. Drawing on feminist political ecology and social vulnerability theory, thematic and content analyses were used to examine women's perceptions of floods, while descriptive statistical analysis and chi-square test were employed to compare actual impacts. Results show that women in general expressed no concern about gendered vulnerability to flooding as most believed flood impacts were gender neutral. This dominant view however, was not supported by evidence in the post-July 2011 flooding as impacts varied among income groups and neighbourhoods, and gender differences were apparent. Gender relations and roles intersecting with place, class, employment status, and healthcare, were mediating factors that placed low-income women at greater risk of impacts than others.