Women's roles and resilience in natural hazards: Framing the 2015 Nepal earthquake through response and recovery lens

Men and women are disproportionately affected by disaster. Women are more discriminated because their roles are poorly understood or misunderstood by the general public and local system that is reinforced during disasters. The socially determined vulnerability of women built on their economic fragility and high mortality has undermined their abilities. This research aims to fill the gap by examining how women are imparting physical, emotional, social and psychological contributions in assembling the needs of others from their ordinary roles employing the case of the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Analysis and evaluation of women’s resilience is done by framing their action in the response and recovery phase of disaster management. This study utilises a mini-ethnographic case study design in combination with semi-structured interviews. The mixed-method approach focuses on the specific area of inquiry, causality links and allows reflexive insights. The study draws substantially from a framework of Sustainable livelihood Approach and Moser framework for triple roles of women to demonstrate how women are resources in disasters.

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Principal Supervisor: Professor Vivienne Tippett
Associate Supervisor: Dr Joanne Durham