Gender, equity and human rights

Gender and health in disasters

Gender and health information sheet

Authors:
WHO Department of Gender, Women and Health

Publication details

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

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OVERVIEW

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.