“Harmful social norms” make Pacific women more vulnerable to disaster

21 February 2017

Gender inequality - including “harmful social norms” - makes women and girls in the Pacific region more vulnerable to the impacts of disasters.

That’s according to UN Women’s Multi-Country Representative Aleta Miller, who said that disastrous events such as Cyclone Pam in 2015, and Cyclone Winston last year, have become “the new normal”, increasing in both intensity and frequency.

She said some studies had shown that women were up to 14 times more likely to be injured or killed in a disaster, than men.

Ms Miller, told Julia Dean why the agency was putting women and girls at the centre of disaster preparedness efforts.

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