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Title: Gender Matters: Lessons for Disaster Risk Reduction in South Asia
Authors: ICIMOD
ICIMOD and European Commission Humanitarian Aid
Keywords: Risk, जोखिम, Riesgo,ঝুঁকি
Vulnerability, संकटासन्नता, Vulnerabilidad
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: ICIMOD
Abstract: This publication is one of a series produced under the project Living with risk sharing knowledge on disaster preparedness in the Himalayan region , implemented by ICIMOD during a 15-month period in 2006 and 2007. The report commences by introducing the subject and how the research was carried out. It discusses why gender analysis is essential in the field of DP/M, and continues in the second section to examine the gendered contexts of risk and vulnerability and the many dimensions from which they should be approached: economic, social, educational, cultural, physical, organizational, motivational, and political. The third section 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. The third section also discusses how women s sanitary and health needs are addressed (or not) following disasters citing instances from the Pakistan, Kashmir earthquake of 2005. The following section discusses that one approach to DP/M is developing community resilience and making women part of the solution. The fifth section examines 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. It then discusses what gender-sensitive outreach looks like and how to use it. The sixth section concludes the report by summarizing the discussions put forward and the challenges and opportunities for gender mainstreaming. It makes recommendations based on seven essential steps for imparting gender-sensitive disaster preparedness and management (DP/M). In addition to the main report, five short annexes complement the discussions with different aspects of and charts for gender-sensitive analysis in DP/M.
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