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Tackling Women's Vulnerabilities through Integrating a Gender Perspective into Disaster Risk Reduction in the Built Environment

Ginige, Kanchana, Amaratunga, Dilanthi and Haigh, Richard (2014) Tackling Women's Vulnerabilities through Integrating a Gender Perspective into Disaster Risk Reduction in the Built Environment. Procedia Economics and Finance, 18. pp. 327-335. ISSN 2212-5671

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Abstract

The majority of human and direct economic losses from natural hazards occur as a result of
damage to the built environment due to the vital role that the built environment performs in serving human endeavours. One of the key reasons for people in developing countries to be more
vulnerable to natural disasters than their wealthier counterparts is the limited capacities in their construction industries. Among the people in developing countries, women are evidently even more vulnerable to natural disasters. Due to higher disaster vulnerability of women, recognising the different roles, capacities, vulnerabilities and needs of women, and considering them in disaster risk reduction in the built environment is significant to reduce women’s disaster vulnerabilities. Gender mainstreaming as a way of bringing a gender perspective into disaster risk reduction can be applied
to recognise the varying needs and capacities of women, and integrate them into disaster risk
reduction in the built environment. The paper in this context aims to demonstrate how gender
mainstreaming helps to bring a women’s perspective into disaster risk reduction in the built
environment. It identifies two main steps which involve in the process, identification of women’s
DRR knowledge and needs, and integration of the identified DRR knowledge and needs into DRR
in the built environment. The paper provides an account of the process that the study established to incorporate a gender perspective into disaster risk reduction in the built environment based on a
case study conducted in Sri Lanka. It further discusses how the social, economic, political and
environmental context influences the process of gender mainstreaming in disaster risk reduction in
the built environment

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Paper presented at 4th International Conference on Building Resilience, Building Resilience 2014, 8-10 September 2014, Salford Quays, United kingdom
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TH Building construction
Schools: School of Art, Design and Architecture
School of Art, Design and Architecture > Global Disaster Resilience Centre
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Depositing User: Sharon Beastall
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2015 09:09
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2016 00:28
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/23016

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