Gendered Vulnerability

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1. Based on the case studies presented, how does social class intersect with gender in regards to disaster vulnerability? Who is most vulnerable, and what are the root causes of that vulnerability?

2. How did women of color experience double displacement, as represented in Doubly Displaced? How are the intersections of gender, race, and social class significant in the housing crisis following Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti?

3. Explain how development programs can both increase and reduce vulnerability for populations to disasters. How does this relate to the feminist theories for understanding disasters mentioned previously?

4. Based on these readings, what role does government and public policy play in disaster mitigation and preparedness? Why is this role especially important for small-scale (“extensive”) disasters when considering gender?