Women, Gender Norms, and Natural Disasters in Bangladesh.

Author:

Juran, L. Trivedi, J.

Editor:

First

Date:

2015

Region:

South Asia

Theme:

Gender and Vulnerability

Language:

English

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis Online

Full Harvard Reference:

Juran, L. Trivedi, J. (2015). Women, Gender Norms, and Natural Disasters in Bangladesh. Geographical Review, New York. Vol 105, I 4, pp 601-611

This article draws on the case of Bangladesh to highlight that the combination of poverty, rural-urban divides, gender disparity, increased effects of climate change, all lead to increased vulnerability, especially for women who are displaced post-disaster and coerced into prostitution, human trafficking and other exploitation risks. Socially constructed variables are the reason for disparities rather than biological differences while the pre-existing inequalities create environments that disproportionately affect women post disaster. Authors further question how gender roles, relations and norms can be relaxed during disaster to decrease the mortality of women.