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Gender and Age Inequality of Disaster Risk Policy Brief


Women, children and youth are often recognized to be among the most vulnerable to natural hazards. To understand disaster risk better, and tackle it effectively and in a gender- and age responsive manner, it is important to delve into the complexities and inequalities in a given location, the differences within and between broad categories of people, taking a context specific and intersectional approach. This study explored the connection between gender and age inequality and disaster risk, examining evidence at a global level (reviewing existing literature and datasets) and in three case study countries considering earthquake (2015) in Nepal, flood (2015), cyclone (2019) and drought in Malawi, and hurricane (2017) in Dominica. The case studies considered context specific evidence of differential impact in areas including mortality, healthcare, WASH, livelihoods, education, housing and migration. This policy brief outlines the key findings and recommendations of the study.

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