Women, Girls and Disasters- A Review for DFID

Author:

Bradshaw, S. & Fordham, M.

Editor:

First

Date:

2013

Region:

Theme:

Gender and Disaster

Language:

English

Publisher:

Department for International Development UK (DFID)

Full Harvard Reference:

Bradshaw, S. & Fordham, M. (2013). Women, Girls and Disasters- A Review for DFID. GSDRC Applied Knowledge Services.

The review recognises the different initiatives taken to lessen the impact of disasters on women and girls. Data suggests that social, cultural as well as gender norms lead to women being more vulnerable in a large-scale disaster. The authors note the influence of gender stereotypes and that men are sometimes more vulnerable and at a greater risk due to some country contexts and cultures but women and girls are overall less able to access resources affecting their vulnerability, more than men’s. These issues cannot be solved by initiatives alone, but with a reduction on day to day inequalities as well.