What Are Some Ways That Disasters Affect Women?
Disasters lower women’s life expectancy more than men’s.
Women, boys, and girls are 14 times more likely than men to die during a disaster.
Most of the victims trapped in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina were African-American women and their children.
Women were 61% of fatalities in Myanmar after Cyclone Nargis in 2008, 70% after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami in Banda Aceh, and 91% after Cyclone Gorky in Bangladesh in 1991.
Following a disaster, many women may avoid shelters for fear of being sexually assaulted.
Women in poorer countries often are at home with no early warning system (television or radio).
Source: United Nations Development Programme