Disasters and Violence against Women and Girls: Can Disasters Shake Social Norms and Power Relations?
Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
"Post-disaster contexts are often characterised by the aggravation of discriminatory norms, social inequalities and gender-based violence, particularly against women and girls. Disasters cause suffering and damage but they also provide opportunities for those affected to transform the way they live, from assuming new responsibilities to voicing their rights and interests."
This working paper from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) explores the impacts of disasters on power relations and gendered norms and discusses how resulting changes in social relations affect people's resilience. By highlighting knowledge gaps, the authors aim to better understand why and how resilience programming can integrate social dimensions of vulnerability, including the risk of violence, and foster more equal power relations.
This paper aims to answer the following questions:
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ODI website, March 14 2017. Image caption/credit: "Tents provided by the Government of Japan serves as temporary shelter for families in Barangay Candahug, Palp, Leyte, Philippines, following Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) © Asian Development Bank 2013 CC BY-NC-ND 2.0