The November 2015 issue of the international journal Gender & Development will look at Resilience. See the full call for proposals here.
An increasing number of women and men, girls and boys are finding their lives and rights disrupted and threatened by a range of interconnected shocks and stresses caused by various and often interlocking factors such as climate change, increasing inequality, globalisation, conflict and unsustainable resource use. Between 2001 and 2010, recorded disasters alone affected, on average, 232 million people each year, in addition to the 106 million who were killed, and caused an estimated US$108 billion in economic damages. In addition, smaller and larger political, economic, environmental and social crises have put a cumulative strain on mental and physical health, lives and livelihoods, and on personal and national security. Over the past decade, resilience has become a significant new area of development, policy and humanitarian debate, and programme work is evolving in response.
Women are often assumed to be inherently more vulnerable – and hence less resilient – than men. While this may be true of some women in some contexts, a more nuanced understanding is needed. Gender inequality and gendered norms create and intensify vulnerability by constraining women’s responses to sudden shocks, and placing longer-term strain on livelihoods, stability and wellbeing. Resilience is greatly enhanced by policies which ensure women’s equal rights, and active participation and leadership in livelihoods, social protection, conflict resolution, and disaster management. This means working in partnership with women as individuals, and with feminist movements and women’s organisations. How and in what way can the concept of resilience offer support to the global struggle for women’s rights and gender equality?
This issue of Gender & Development will feature analysis of innovative resilience work in many different contexts.
Read the full announcement here.