Gender differences linked to culture and disaster responses
Differences in gender roles may further affect how citizens respond in a disaster situation, as some cultures may restrict interaction between women and men, and this can create difficulties in providing effective responses to disasters: “The women’s role in emergencies. Some groups don’t accept women doctors, or doctors cannot touch women. The gender barrier is very strong in some communities” (G3; R8 - see source document for full reference).
Cultural Factors: Gender roles
- Develop guidelines for disaster practitioners that take into consideration the different needs of and approaches to different ethnical groups
- Develop risk assessments methodologies, which consider cultural factors, the manner in which people cognitively process information and which employ a gender perspective