This chapter explores the impact of disasters on women and girls, with particular reference to the context of the developing world. It critically explores the conceptual and theoretical basis for assuming that a differential impact exists. It highlights that disasters are gendered events and women and girls experience them differently from men, suffering longer term and more intangible impacts such as a rise in violence or greater insecurity in employment. Given women and girls are impacted more and differently than men and boys, it might be expected gender issues would be a key policy concern, yet the chapter highlights that gender is still excluded from much policy on disaster risk reduction. Drawing on the lessons learned from processes to “engender development,” it suggests that, although exclusion remains an issue, how women are included in disaster risk reduction and response can also raise concerns. It concludes by highlighting that tackling gendered risk demands both a reconceptualization of “disaster” and for disasters to become a development issue.
|Title of host publication||Hazards, Risks and Disasters in Society|
|Editors||Andrew Collins, Samantha Jones, Bernard Manyena, Sarah Walsh, John F. Shroder|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||425|
|Publication status||Published - 25 Nov 2014|
|Name||Hazards and Disasters Series|