Thurairajah, N., Amaratunga, Dilanthi and Haigh, Richard (2008) Post disaster reconstruction as an opportunity for development: women's perspective. In: CIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and research (BEAR), 11-15th February 2008, Sri Lanka. (Unpublished)

In the past few decades many nations have experienced quite a large number of natural
disasters. Although they are developing new systems to avoid or reduce the devastation caused
by disasters still many countries are struggling to recover. The literature on disaster
management has begun to recognise the activities carried out during post disaster as an
opportunity for nation and communities to develop. Post disaster reconstruction is a significant
period in disaster management where it becomes a window of opportunity for communities and
nations. Since women are one of most vulnerable groups in disasters and, as there is a need to
recognise this human resource for their own development and for community’s benefit, this
research looks into the experiences of women in post disaster reconstruction. The study aims to
present their experiences in post disaster reconstruction by considering their roles and
challenges in this process in order to analyse the importance of post disaster reconstruction
towards their development. This research has been based on theoretical and practical knowledge
obtained through comprehensive literature review.

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