Understanding the experiences of women in disasters: lessons for emergency management planning.

Tazrina Chowdhury, Paul Arbon, Mayumi Kako, Robert Muller, Malinda Steenkamp, Kristine Gebbie

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Globally, disasters disrupt human lives and women tend to be more vulnerable during such events. This narrative review explores women’s experiences during disasters and identifies common factors increasing their vulnerability. After critical reading, 39 articles were included in this review. This paper underlines the themes in that literature to show that women across the world experience domestic violence, sexual assault, psychological and health problems as well as social and financial deprivation in disasters. The paper discusses the vulnerability of women particularly in Australia and New Zealand, through the lens of the global experience of women in disaster. This review highlights that, while there is consensus on the challenges faced by women in Australia, more research regarding interventions is required to reduce the negative effects of disasters on women. This review aims to inform emergency management practice in Australia and to direct further research to improve the outcomes for women and their safety.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-77
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Journal of Emergency Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022


  • Disaster
  • Health
  • Women
  • Experience


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