Gender Differences in Human Loss and Vulnerability in Natural Disasters: A Case Study from Bangladesh


Ikeda, Keiko. 1995. "Gender Differences in Human Loss and Vulnerability in Natural Disasters: A Case Study from Bangladesh." Indian Journal of Gender Studies 2 (2):171- 93.

Author: Keiko Ikeda


“This paper investigates the gender aspects in human loss and vulnerability during quick on-set natural disasters by examining the case of the April 1991 cyclone in Bangladesh. First, after briefly reviewing some basic arguments on disaster victimisation and gender, the sex and age pattern of mortality in the April 1991 cyclone in Bangladesh is attained by using the results of three micro surveys. Second, the reasons for excessive female deaths are analysed, focusing on the differences in responses between women and men during the cyclone, based on several interviews, one of which was conducted by the author in April 1992. Last, gender issues in victimization and vulnerability during the disaster are discussed in relation to the prevailing norm of purdah which prescribes spatial movement, behavior and attitudes of women” (Ikeda 1995, 171).

Topics: Age, Environment, Environmental Disasters, Gender, Gendered Power Relations Regions: Asia, South Asia Countries: Bangladesh

Year: 1995

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