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Gender and Disaster
Catastrophic natural disasters leave a trail of devastation not necessarily evident in the immediate aftermath. Psychological trauma, grief, anxiety, depression and substance abuse continue to impact on individuals, families and communities in the months and years that follow.
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Research confirms that increased rates of violence against women are part of, and additional to the ‘hidden disaster’ that follows acute environmental events like floods, fires, earthquakes and cyclones. This is a phenomenon that has long been evident to many professionals involved in post-disaster recovery.
International research tells us that whatever is happening in a community before a disaster is magnified and heightened in its wake. The way gender roles are socially constructed creates different risks for men and women during and after disasters.
Why GAD Data Matters
Gendered expectations, such as perceived roles of men as ‘protectors’ and women as ‘carers’, increase vulnerability for women and men in complex and interrelated ways. Knowing how and why gender is implicated in disaster will increase the effectiveness of planning, response and recovery in disasters. Understanding this will save lives.