This book is a useful ‘how to’ guide to mainstreaming gender in the management of natural disasters. For anybody in the field, this is likely to be a handy tool. The writers demystify links between gender and disaster management, within a sustainable development framework. It is a reader-friendly book, with exceptionally evocative sketches, although the cover is inexplicably ugly.
Madhavi Malalgoda Ariyabandu and Maithree Wickramasinghe, both based in Sri Lanka, are eminently suited to explain the practical as well as theoretical issues at stake. Ariyabandu leads the Disaster Mitigation team at ITDG South Asia, and has considerable experience of working with communities living with disaster. Wickramasinghe is a teacher of women’s studies, and has authored several studies, articles and a book on gender issues.