Whose risks? Gender and the ranking of hazards

Author:

Becker, P

Editor:

First

Date:

2011

Region:

Central America

Theme:

Gender and Other Natural Hazards

Language:

English

Publisher:

Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Full Harvard Reference:

Becker, P. (2011). Whose risks? Gender and the ranking of hazards. Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, Vol. 20 Issue: 4, pp.423-433

This paper examines if gendered differences in risk perception automatically mean that women and men rank hazards of their community differently. Focusing specifically on three municipalities in El Salvador, Becker conducted a questionnaire and 69 structured interviews to determine their perception of risk following the two major 2001 earthquakes. The results found no significant differences between the ranking of hazards between men and women. However, several other parameters had significant associations with the ranking of hazards, indicating that there are more dividing lines than gender that may influence priorities of risk reduction initiatives.