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Women’s empowerment following disaster: A longitudinal study of social change

Source(s):  Springer

This paper examines changes in gender relations in a small coastal community as a result of the 2010 Chile earthquake and tsunami. Vulnerability and resilience are used as a conceptual framework to analyse these changes. Based on empirical evidence from a seven-year longitudinal study and quasi-ethnographic work, this paper explores changes in power relations at the different stages of the disaster and longer-term recovery as well as the conditions that fostered these changes.

The findings show distinct patterns of change. First, disasters can trigger long-lasting changes that challenge historical patriarchal relations. Second, while vulnerability increases following a disaster, resilience can potentially counteract women’s vulnerability. This paper proposes that resilience can be a pathway to produce long-term changes in gender relations and empower women in the context of disasters.



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  • Women’s empowerment following disaster: A longitudinal study of social change
  • Publication date 2018
  • Author(s) Moreno, Jenny; Shaw, Duncan
  • Number of pages 20 p.

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