Why Disasters Are a Gender Issue


Von Kotze, Astrid. 1996. “Why Disasters Are a Gender Issue.” Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity, no. 29, 22–26.

Author: Astrid Von Kotze


"Disasters are catastrophic situations in which the normal patterns of life have been disrupted and a household or community is not able to deal with it using its own resources. While seasonal flooding and droughts may not be preventable, the disasters caused by the impact of flooding or drought are often avoidable. This in brief outlines some of the pressures on various elements at risk from environmental hazards. It describes a few of the coping mechanisms employed by women, and gives some examples of how these survival strategies may put further strain on the natural habitat. Finally, it suggests that disaster management programmes need to consider gender if they want to reduce the risks to disasters" (Kotze 1996, p. 22).

Topics: Environment, Environmental Disasters, Gender

Year: 1996

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