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Recently added resources on gender and disaster and related themes. For a more comprehensive list of resources, visit the Gender and Disaster Sourcebook with materials until 2005 and earlier.

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Because I am a girl. The State of the World's Girls 2008. This report focuses on girls living in the shadow of war. The report finds that girls face the double discrimination of gender and age so that in many societies, including those affected by armed conflict, girls remain at the bottom of the social and economic ladder. van der Gaag, N. Plan International, 2008. http://www.plan-uk.org/pdfs/because_I_am_a_Girl_2008.pdf

Gender, Climate Change and Human Security. This study explores the interlinkages between gender, climate change and human security. Commissioned by the Greek chairmanship (2007-2008) of the Human Security Network. Irene Dankelman, Khurshid Alam, Wahida Bashar Ahmed, Yacine Diagne Gueye, Naureen Fatema and Rose Mensah-Kutin. (2008) Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO). http://www.gdnonline.org/resources/WEDO_Gender_CC_Human_Security.pdf

Gender and climate change: mapping the linkages. A scoping study on knowledge and gaps. This paper outlines key linkages between climate change and gender inequality, focusing particularly on adaptation and mitigation policies and practices. The authors seek to identify gaps in the existing body of work and review best practice on adaptation and mitigation, with an emphasis on research, policy and practice. A. Brody; J. Demetriades; E. Esplen. June 2008. The draft report is available from BRIDGE Institute of Development Studies website: http://www.bridge.ids.ac.uk/reports/Climate_Change_DFID_draft.pdf.

Hurricane Katrina: Displaced Single Mothers, Resource Acquisition, and Downward Mobility. This thesis examines the needs and experiences of single mothers who have been displaced to Colorado after Hurricane Katrina. The research draws on data gathered through interviews with 15 disaster relief professionals and 8 single mothers. In particular, this study identifies what resources were made available to single mothers in Colorado, how single mothers accessed these resources, and what they still need to reestablish their lives. Jennifer Tobin-Gurley Master's Thesis, Department of Sociology Colorado State University. For further information, please contact the author: jtobin[at]simla.colostate.edu.

"Conflict and Crisis Settings: Promoting Sexual and Reproductive rights." Guest Editor Rosalind Petchesky draws attention to "the extraordinary energy and resilience of displaced communities -often under the leadership of women- to survive, negotiate and rebuild and calls for "a new humanitarian paradigm that will allow the people directly affected to define their needs and find appropriate solutions during disasters, rather than having external organisations impose solutions on them". Read and download the Editorial of this issue: http://www.gdnonline.org/resources/RHM31_Editorial_conflict_crisis_settings.pdf
The journal can be accessed from ScienceDirect website: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/09688080 (subscription required)

Establishing the linkages between gender and climate change. Paper presented during the 52nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women-Gender and Climate Change Panel. Climate change and gender inequality are inextricably linked. Notably, they share a similar role of creating obstacles to achieving poverty reduction and development goals. Both climate change and gender inequality limit the ability of countries to fulfil their commitments to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development. Lorena Aguilar, Senior Gender Advisor, IUCN. 28 February 2008. Download pdf, 79KB.

Women and Resilience workshop. Latin American Grassroots women’s practices for building resilient communities. More than 50 leaders representing 25 grassroots and indigenous organisations participated in a three day workshop entitled, “The Role and Power of Grassroots and Indigenous Women’s Groups in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).” Collectively representing more than 30,000 citizens living in disaster prone communities, the women’s groups from 10 Latin American and Caribbean countries shared their five to twenty-five years of work experience of responding to natural disasters and crises, explaining the effective practices they developed to reduce risks and vulnerabilities along with their efforts to secure food and livelihoods. Organised by GROOTS International, Huairou Commission and ProVention Consortium. Download the report in pdf, 1.2MB

The Situation of Refugee Women in the Arab Region. A review of 'The Dream of Return, the Fear of Trafficking and Discriminatory Laws' a report by the Karama Movement in the Arab Region. Displacement has in many cases caused a change in traditional gender roles. According to the report, sixty five per cent of Iraqi women and eighty per cent of married Iraqi women of reproductive age have become widows since the war began. Many of these women have subsequently become the primary breadwinners of their families and most have limited livelihood options. Review by Kathambi Kinoti from Resource Net, an online resource of the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID). Download the report in Word document, 36KB.

Report on Refugee and Stateless Women across the Arab region: The Dream of Return, the Fear of Trafficking and Discriminatory Laws. The suffering of refugee women is compounded by the daily violation of their human rights as a result of continued occupation (e.g., in the case of Palestinian women) and ongoing conflict (e.g., in the case of Iraqi and Sudanese women). Other factors include the imposition of collective punishment polices, which lead to depriving women and their children from their basic needs such as food and medicines; the deteriorating situations inside camps, where refugees are deprived from the minimum requirements for a decent life; the bad sanitary and health conditions as a result of the low health services provided to refugees, not to mention to low or non-existent educational services. Download the full report in pdf from the Karama Movement website: http://elkarama.org/

Women's role in adapting to climate change and variability. Given that women are engaged in more climate related change activities than what is recognized and valued in the community, this article highlights their important role in the adaptation and search for safer communities, which leads them to understand better the causes and consequences of changes in climatic conditions. Y. Carvajal-Escobar, M. Quintero-Angel, and M. García-Vargas. 2008. Universidad del Valle Colombia. Download the document from: http://www.adv-geosci.net/14/277/2008/adgeo-14-277-2008.pdf. For comments and feedback, please contact M. Quintero Angel at: mangelqmangelq@gmail.comgmail.com. Documento en español: Mujeres en la Adaptacíon a la Variabilidad y el Cambio Climático (98KB) Keywords: women, climate change, adaptation

Gender, HIV/AIDS and Emergencies. A short article which looks at HIV/AIDS in emergency and displaced situations in particular its impact on women and children who make up the largest proportion of refugee and displaced people. Elliott, Lyn. Save the Children UK. From the Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN) website. Read the article: http://www.odihpn.org/report.asp?id=1055 Keywords: Gender, HIV/AIDS, Children, Emergencies

Where are the Girls? Girls in Fighting Forces in Northern Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Mozambique: Their Lives During and After War. This book presents findings from a research study entitled “Girls in Militaries, Paramilitaries, Militias, and Armed Opposition Groups”. It revealed that armed conflict and militarism intensify sexism and extreme violence perpetrated by boys and men against girls and women, especially sexual violence. The study also found out that children look at ‘joining’ the fighting forces as a response to violence against themselves or their community, a protection strategy or an opportunity to meet their basic needs. Read more findings: http://www.dd-rd.ca/site/_PDF/publications/women/girls_whereare.pdf Keywords: Girls, wars, Mozambique, Africa, Sierra Leone, Northern Uganda

Recognizing Gender-Based Violence against Civilian Men and Boys in Conflict Situations. While gender-based violence has recently emerged as a salient topic in the human security community, it has been framed principally with respect to violence against women and girls, particularly sexual violence. The author argues that gender-based violence against men (including sexual violence, forced conscription, and sex-selective massacre) must be recognized as such, condemned, and addressed by civilian protection agencies and proponents of a ‘human security’ agenda in international relations. Carpenter, R.C. Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Download the full article: http://sdi.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/37/1/83 (Payment/subscription required) Keywords: Men, Gender-based violence, conflict, boys

Financing for Gender Empowerment and Equality of Women." Outcome documents of the 52nd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, 25 February - 7 March 2008. http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/52sess.htm .

Disaster Brief Volume 5 (1) Jan 2008 Report on the 5-day capacity-building workshops titled Conflict Resolution, Communication Skills & Organisational Management for Iraqi women leaders from 19 organisations, organised by the Women, Peace and Security Initiative of the Technical Support Division of UNFPA. The aim of the workshop is to train Iraqi women leaders in tools and procedures to enhance their effectiveness and that of their organisations, specifically with respect to ending the conflict and ensuring a lasting peace in Iraq. Click to download the report here.

Disaster Brief Volume 5 (1) Jan 2008 Understanding Gender Differential Impacts of Tsunami and Gender Mainstreaming Strategies in Tsunami Response in Tamilnadu, India. Research conducted by Anawim Trust with support from Oxfam America. This study aims to probe deeper into and document the gender mainstreaming strategies of NGOs in their response to disaster. To contact the authors send an email to: pincha.chaman[at]gmail.com or hkrishna[at]oxfamamerica.org. Click to download the report here (4.6MB)

Knowledgebase Links

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G&D Sourcebook Annotated bibliography of gender and disaster resources until 2005.

Recently added materials

from 2006 to date.

Why women? Why gender? Key resources on gender equality in disaster risk reduction

Archive of GDN newsletters

Includes published and unpublished reports, papers, and conference proceedings

Guidelines, manuals and checklists

Regional or country-specific case studies/research on gender and disaster

Contains materials on gender and DRR in other languages (Spanish, Tamil, Japanese, Swahili, etc)

Useful external websites and links that further explore the nexus between gender and disasters.