Reading: Disaster, Gender and Climate Change

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A short introductory reading from the GenderCC Women for Climate Justice website that summarizes the gendered impacts of natural disasters potentially caused due to climate change. This reading is part of a larger study on the gender dimensions of climate change in several sectors such as agriculture, biodiversity, consumption, disaster, energy, forests, health, migration, population, tourism, transport, waste and water. The reading discusses the biological, economic, social and cultural differences that cause men and women to react differently to disasters.  

Students will learn about the gendered impacts of natural disasters and disaster management. They will also learn about the importance of women’s knowledge in disaster management and climate change mitigation. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. Discuss the gendered impacts of natural disasters.
  2. How do women play an important role in disaster management?
  3. “Specific attention should be paid to the inclusion of non-indigenous and indigenous women.” Discuss with regards to climate related disasters. 

About the tool

Tool NameDisaster, Gender and Climate Change
DisciplineSocial Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineGender, Gender Studies, Disasters, Disaster Management
Climate Topic Climate and Society, Policies, Politics and Environmental Governance
Type of tool Reading 
Grade LevelUndergraduate, Graduate
Developed byGenderCC Women for Climate Justice
Hosted atGenderCC Women for Climate Justice website
Computer SkillsBasic 
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