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Women's Role in Disaster Management and Implications for National Security

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Technical Report

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Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies Honolulu United States

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Disasters are increasing in frequency and intensity. For those lacking control and access to services and resources such as education and information, disaster risks are even greater. While minority groups are disadvantaged in this manner and therefore more vulnerable to disasters risks, women are most often considered vulnerable within the vulnerable footnote 1 due to their roles they undertake, generally lower socio-economic status, and societal norms that limit womens rights. In a 2007 study that examined 141 countries over the period of 1981-2002, disasters on average kill more women than men and significantly reduce womens life expectancy. footnote 2 This paper will explore why women in Asia-Pacific countries are often more susceptible to disasters impacts, examine cases where women are making strides to reduce disaster risk, and suggest effective measures for womens inclusion in disaster management with some conclusions for greater national security practices to promote advancements of Women, Peace and Security initiatives.

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  • Sociology and Law
  • Meteorology

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