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Gender matters: lessons for disaster risk reduction in South Asia

Source(s):  European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection DG (ECHO)
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

This report draws attention to gender as an indicator of vulnerability and discusses how women are disproportionately affected, particularly in the field of disaster preparedness and management (DP/M). It discusses why gender analysis is essential in the field of DP/M, it examines the gendered contexts of risk and vulnerability and the many dimensions examines lessons from the field and how physiological vulnerabilities, sociocultural and economic marginalization, and gender stereotyping effect whether an individual is killed or manages to survive. It also discusses the extent to which women are more at risk than men and how they have less access to aid and rehabilitation. The last sections discuss that one approach to DP/M is developing community resilience and making women part of the solution, and how gender analysis in disaster preparedness and management can reveal how a community works and the various roles and structures followed by men and women within it.

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  • Gender matters: lessons for disaster risk reduction in South Asia
  • Publication date 2007
  • Author(s) Mehta, Manjari
  • Number of pages 51 p.
  • ISBN/ISSN 9789291150243

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