Women, Gender and Disaster: Global Issues and Initiatives

Author:

Enarson, E. & Chakrabarti D.P.G.

Editor:

First

Date:

2009

Region:

Theme:

Gender and Disaster

Language:

English

Publisher:

SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd

Full Harvard Reference:

Enarson, E. & Chakrabarti D.P.G. (2009). Women, Gender and Disaster: Global Issues and Initiatives. New Delhi, Sage publications.

This book argues for gender mainstreaming in disaster risk reduction, and to lessen post disaster gender disparities. The book has four parts: (i) understanding gender relations in disaster, (ii) gendered challenges and responses to disaster, (iii) women’s organised initiatives and (iv) gender sensitive disaster risk reduction. Highlighting that gender inequalities pervade all aspects of life, it analyses the failure to implement inclusive and gender-sensitive approaches to relief and rehabilitation work. While examining positive strategies for change, the chapters focuses on women’s knowledge, capabilities, leadership and experience in community resource management. The authors emphasize that these strengths in women, which are required for building resilience to hazards and disasters, are frequently overlooked.