The Changing Role of Women in Resilience, Recovery and Economic Development at the Intersection of Recurrent Disaster: A Case Study from Sirajgang, Bangladesh

Citation:

Islam, Mir Rabiul, Valerie Ingham, John Hicks, and Ian Manock. “The Changing Role of Women in Resilience, Recovery and Economic Development at the Intersection of Recurrent Disaster: A Case Study from Sirajgang, Bangladesh.” Journal of Asian and African Studies, December 11, 2014, 0021909614560244. doi:10.1177/0021909614560244.

Authors: Mir Rabiul Islam, Valerie Ingham, John Hicks, Ian Manock

Abstract:

Two million people were affected in the floodplains and low-lying areas in Sirajgang in 2012. Seven hundred and fifty families were made homeless and forced to live in small temporary huts on the river protection embankments. Unemployment rose alarmingly and the jobless left their villages to find work in larger cities, leaving behind their vulnerable and insecure families. Consequently, women were increasingly required to take on totally unfamiliar roles. Our research utilised in-depth interviews with women managing without the support of their husbands. Key findings highlighted that community resilience would improve if these women were engaged at the local operational level of disaster management.

Keywords: Resilience, vulnerability, disaster, recovery, Bangladesh

Topics: Displacement & Migration, Environment, Environmental Disasters, Gender, Women, Men, Gender Roles, Governance, Humanitarian Assistance Regions: Asia, South Asia Countries: Bangladesh

Year: 2014

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