Post-disaster assessment in Myanmar highlights disproportionate impact on women

December 27, 2015

Women and girls have been most affected by the natural disasters in Myanmar earlier this year.

The gender assessment led by UN Women and the World Bank found that the priorities of females after a disaster are different to those of males, due to differing roles and statuses. Key gender-based concerns include women having limited mobility and socioeconomic resources, higher food insecurity, and increased levels of unpaid care work.

However, despite pre-disaster vulnerabilities becoming exacerbated, women display great resilience during these adversities.

“To optimize and sustain investment in recovery, it is critical that women and their priorities be included in disaster assessment, response and recovery planning, and implementation — and it is especially critical that female-headed households be targeted.”

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