Women's empowerment in post disaster reconstruction: Perspectives on policies and frameworks.

Author:

Thurairajah, N. & Baldry, D.

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Date:

2010

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Theme:

Gender and Political Empowerment

Language:

English

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Full Harvard Reference:

Thurairajah, N. & Baldry, D. (2010) Women's empowerment in post disaster reconstruction: Perspectives on policies and frameworks. International Journal of Strategic Property Management, Vol 14 I. 4, pp. 347-361.

This study investigates the empowerment of women in national and international policies and frameworks during post disaster reconstruction in Sri Lanka. The study found that even though polices are gender neutral, they are not gender sensitive. In addition, it was found that having a single policy or framework for the whole country is unlikely to be a success, therefore, any frameworks should have room to be adopted to the local situation. While examining the way of empowerment in post disaster situations it was emphasised that women should be empowered to talk about their rights, properties, livelihood, access to resources, etc. If they are not expressing their needs and views, organisations will not succeed in developing them.