Hurricane Mitch: Women’s Needs and Contributions


Buvinic, Mayra. 1999. Hurricane Mitch: Women’s Needs and Contributions. Washington, DC: Women in Development Program Unit, Inter-American Development Bank.

Author: Mayra Buvinic


This report examines evidence from post-Mitch Central America and disasters in other parts of the world to identify the ways disasters affect women and to highlight women’s participation in prevention, relief, rehabilitation, and reconstruction efforts. It attempts to fill a void in the knowledge regarding people’s responses to disasters in the region, by exploring the gender dimension and providing general guidelines for integrating a gender perspective in effective disaster management. The report was prepared for and presented at the meeting of the Consultative Group for the Reconstruction and Transformation of Central America which took place in Stockholm, Sweden, May 25-27, 1999. It is based on a technical meeting attended by international and government agencies and NGOs which was held in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, May 6-7, 1999.

Topics: Environmental Disasters, Gender, Women, Humanitarian Assistance Regions: Americas, Central America

Year: 1999

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