Mainstreaming Gender Perspectives in Environmental Management and Mitigation of Natural Disasters


Hannan, Carolyn. 2002. “Mainstreaming Gender Perspectives in Environmental Management and Mitigation of Natural Disasters.” Paper presented at the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women's Round Table and Discussion on the Disproportionate Impact of Natural Disasters on Women, New York City, January 17.

Author: Carolyn Hannan


In this presentation, Carolyn Hannan describes the need for a gendered perspective in assessing, preparing for, and recovering from natural disasters. She points out that women and men not only have different environmental knowledge, but also that they are affected by natural disasters in different ways. A gender-blind management system is therefore incomplete, and can make women more vulnerable in the face of environmental disasters. Hannan argues that gendered perspective in which women are given a voice is ideal in planning for and recovering from disasters. This is very important considering the impact that environmental concerns have on development. Hannan concludes with a list of recommendations that could be used in shaping future policies and disaster strategies.

Topics: Development, Environment, Environmental Disasters, Gender, Gender Mainstreaming, Humanitarian Assistance

Year: 2002

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