Understanding gendered risks, interests & needs


Women carrying children through their flooded village
Photo:  UN Women/Mohammad Rakibul Hasan

Underlying risk factors, such as gender inequality, cause differential and disproportionate disaster and climate risks and impacts for women and girls. Disasters can magnify the inequalities and hardships marginalised groups are already facing, fuelling a vicious cycle, with reduced resilience for when the next crisis strikes.  

Discrimination, unequal access to opportunities and resources, and socially constructed differences can impact the ability of women and girls to effectively prevent, prepare, survive, and recover from disasters.

Gender and intersectional data collection and analysis should inform key processes including risk assessments and needs assessments (e.g. post-disaster needs assessments) to help understanding existing inequalities and differential needs based on biology and gender roles.


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