Applying a Gender Lens to Reduce Disaster Risk in Southern Africa: The Role of Men’s Organisations


Forbes-Biggs, Kylah. 2020. "Applying a Gender Lens to Reduce Disaster Risk in Southern Africa: The Role of Men’s Organisations." In How Gender Can Transform the Social Sciences, edited by Marian Sawer, Fiona Jenkins, and Karen Downing, 169-76. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

Author: Kylah Forbes-Biggs


Gender inequality has been a pervasive problem in Southern Africa. It challenges development and welfare, dissuades good governance practices and entrenches social vulnerabilities that contribute to increased disaster and climate risk. The decisive shift towards focusing on women and girls not only in development but also in disaster risk management has been successful in bringing critical issues to the fore at national and international levels. Yet it can overlook the needs of men and boys and hence forego opportunities for more inclusive discussion and collaboration. The case is being made in Southern Africa to involve men’s organisations in promoting social justice. Creating spaces for dialogue in this way will promote understanding of gendered vulnerability and disaster risk.

Keywords: men's organisations, gender inequality, vulnerability, disaster risk, open dialogue, Southern Africa

Topics: Development, Environment, Environmental Disasters, Gender, Men, Boys, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality, Governance Regions: Africa, Southern Africa

Year: 2020

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