Gender, equity and human rights

Gender and health in disasters

Gender and health information sheet

WHO Department of Gender, Women and Health

Publication details

Number of pages: 4
Languages: English
Publication date: July 2002



There is a general lack of research on sex and gender differences in vulnerability to and impact of disasters. The limited information available from small scale studies suggests that there is a pattern of gender differentiation at all levels of the disaster process: exposure to risk, risk perception, preparedness, response, physical impact, psychological impact, recovery and reconstruction.