This book focuses on the challenges of living with climate disasters, in addition to the existing gender inequalities that prevail and define social, economic and political conditions.

Social inequalities have consequences for the everyday lives of women and girls where power relations, institutional and socio-cultural practices make them disadvantaged in terms of disaster preparedness and experience. Chapters in this book unravel how gender and masculinity intersect with age, ethnicity, sexuality and class in specific contexts around the globe. It looks at the various kinds of difficulties for particular groups before, during and after disastrous events such as typhoons, flooding, landslides and earthquakes. It explores how issues of gender hierarchies, patriarchal structures and masculinity are closely related to gender segregation, institutional codes of behaviour and to a denial of environmental crisis. This book stresses the need for a gender-responsive framework that can provide a more holistic understanding of disasters and climate change. A critical feminist perspective uncovers the gendered politics of disaster and climate change.

This book will be useful for practitioners and researchers working within the areas of Climate Change response, Gender Studies, Disaster Studies and International Relations.

chapter 1|25 pages


Climate hazards, disasters, and gender ramifications
ByHelle Rydstrom, Catarina Kinnvall

part |71 pages

Part I

chapter 2|19 pages

Gender-responsive alternatives on climate change from a feminist standpoint

ByMaria Tanyag, Jacqui True

chapter 3|19 pages

Why gender does not stick

Exploring conceptual logics in global disaster risk reduction policy
BySara Bondesson

chapter 4|19 pages

Women as agents of change?

Reflections on women in climate adaptation and mitigation in the Global North and the Global South
ByMisse Wester, Phu Doma Lama

chapter 5|12 pages

Industrial/breadwinner masculinities

Understanding the complexities of climate change denial
ByPaul Pulé, Martin Hultman

part |85 pages

Part II

chapter 6|21 pages

Climate change and ‘architectures of entitlement’

Beyond gendered virtue and vulnerability in the Pacific Islands?
ByNicole George

chapter 7|16 pages

Gender as fundamental to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

Experiences from South Asia
ByEmmanuel Raju

chapter 8|27 pages


Women, gender planning and disaster risk reduction in Nepal
ByKatie Oven, Jonathan Rigg, Shubheksha Rana, Arya Gautam, Toran Singh

chapter 9|19 pages

Gendered and ungendered bodies in the Tsunami

Experiences and ontological vulnerability in Southern Thailand
ByClaudia Merli

part |96 pages

Part III

chapter 10|26 pages

Disasters and gendered violence in Pakistan

Religion, nationalism and masculinity
BySidsel Hansson, Catarina Kinnvall

chapter 11|17 pages

Crises, ruination and slow harm

Masculinised livelihoods and gendered ramifications of storms in Vietnam
ByHelle Rydstrom

chapter 12|19 pages

In the wake of Haiyan

An ethnographic study on gendered vulnerability and resilience as a result of climatic catastrophes in the Philippines
ByHuong Thu Nguyen

chapter 13|25 pages

Accountability for state failures to prevent sexual assault in evacuation centres and temporary shelters

A human rights-based approach
ByMatthew Scott

chapter 14|7 pages


ByCatarina Kinnvall, Helle Rydstrom