Long-Term Gendered Consequences of Permanent Disabilities Caused by the 2005 Pakistan Earthquake

Citation:

Irshad, Humaira, Zubia Mumtaz, and Adrienne Levay. 2012. “Long-Term Gendered Consequences of Permanent Disabilities Caused by the 2005 Pakistan Earthquake.” Disasters 36 (3): 452–64. doi:10.1111/j.1467-7717.2011.01265.x.

Authors: Humaira Irshad, Zubia Mumtaz, Adrienne Levay

Abstract:

This study documents the long-term gendered impact of the 2005 Pakistan earthquake on women and men who were rendered paraplegic as a result of spinal cord injuries sustained during the disaster. Coping mechanisms are also mapped. The findings show that three years after the disaster, paraplegic women are socially, emotionally, and financially isolated. The small stipend they receive is a significant source of income, but it has also led to marital distrust, violence, and abuse. In contrast, men receive full social and emotional support. Their key concern is that the government is not providing them with opportunities to be economically productive. Contemporary discourse and post-disaster policies, while acknowledging the importance of incorporating a gender perspective in the immediate post-disaster period, have failed to acknowledge and address the longer-term gendered impact of disasters, in terms of the different types of impact and strategies adopted by women and men.

Keywords: disability, Disasters, earthquake, gender, paralegia, Pakistan

Topics: Environment, Environmental Disasters, Gender, Women, Men, Gender Roles, Gender-Based Violence, Health Regions: Asia, South Asia Countries: Pakistan

Year: 2012

© 2017 CONSORTIUM ON GENDER, SECURITY & HUMAN RIGHTSLEGAL STATEMENT All photographs used on this site, and any materials posted on it, are the property of their respective owners, and are used by permission. Photographs: The images used on the site may not be downloaded, used, or reproduced in any way without the permission of the owner of the image. Materials: Visitors to the site are welcome to peruse the materials posted for their own research or for educational purposes. These materials, whether the property of the Consortium or of another, may only be reproduced with the permission of the owner of the material. This website contains copyrighted materials. The Consortium believes that any use of copyrighted material on this site is both permissive and in accordance with the Fair Use doctrine of 17 U.S.C. § 107. If, however, you believe that your intellectual property rights have been violated, please contact the Consortium at info@genderandsecurity.org.