Women and the Gender Bias of Disasters: When Vulnerabilities Converge

  • Jamie WeareEmail author
Part of the Disaster Studies and Management book series (DSDM)


The paper examines the specific plight of women following extreme hazardous events. It explores ways in which women experience a disproportionate amount of suffering post-disaster by looking to the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti Earthquake as examples. In each instance, women encountered poor reproductive health outcomes in the form of inadequate care, limited access to resources as it related to their health, and increased rates of gender-based violence. Ultimately, this analysis serves to demonstrate how disasters are able to perpetuate pre-existing vulnerabilities and entrench pre-established systems of oppression. The paper concludes with a discussion on how these findings can inform more effective disaster policy and response in the future.


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  1. 1.LondonUK

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