The gender imbalance in natural disaster

Natural disasters are a massive sustainability crises – demand for health care often exceeds that available, infrastructure is lost, thousands of people are displaced – and not to forget the time and weight of rebuilding civilizations after disaster.

But during that response and recovery time, women are often left on the fringes of care in terms of safety in disaster relief centres and the appropriate provision of reproductive health care.

This presents a number of challenges particularly when climate change and human induced disasters have increased nearly three-fold in the past 40 years.


  • Gabrielle Simm – Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney.
  • Angela Dawson – Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney.

Image: United Nations Photo on Flickr

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