Too little attention has been given to the gender-differentiated effects of natural disasters, that is, women’s losses relative to men’s, how women’s work time and conditions change (both in terms of care-giving and income-generating work), or how disaster-related aid and entitlement programs include or marginalize affected women. The detailed case studies from three earthquake-stricken areas in India and Turkey that are contained in this issue of SEEDS help fill this information gap. They provide examples of how low-income women who have lost everything can form groups and become active participants in the relief and recovery process. Readers learn how women became involved in housing, created businesses, mobilized funds, and provided crucial community services. The issue also examines the roles that NGOs and government policy and procedures play in facilitating (or impeding) women’s involvement.
Yonder, Ayse, Sengul Akcar, and Prema Gopalan. 2005. "Women's participation in disaster relief and recovery," SEEDS no. 22. New York: Population Council.