Volume 23, Issue 3, November 2015

Women in Tundikhel IDP Camp, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2015. Credit: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Women in Tundikhel IDP Camp, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2015. Credit: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Between 2001 and 2010, recorded disasters alone affected, on average, 232 million people each year. Development and humanitarian responses to disasters and complex crises are increasingly focusing on building resilience. Gender inequality affects women’s resilience to survive both sudden shocks and longer-term stresses. Articles in this issue of G&D present examples of resilience-building across a range of contexts. All demonstrate the need for an understanding of the contributions, achievements and challenges faced by poor women in the global South to be central to resilience approaches if they are to be truly effective.


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For free access to the articles in the Resilience issue, please visit our page on the Oxfam Policy & Practice website, and search the site using the article title or author name.

You can access the Introduction, the first two articles and the Resources Section from the issue, free, below.


Introduction: Gender and Resilience
Ines Smyth and Caroline Sweetman


Eventually the mine will come’: women anti-mining activists’ everyday resilience in opposing resource extraction in the Andes
Katy Jenkins and Genys Rondón

Women rebuilding lives post-disaster: innovative community practices for building resilience and promoting sustainable development
Julie Drolet, Lena Dominelli, Margaret Alston, Robin Ersing, Golam Mathbor and Haorui Wu

Building aid workers; resilience: why a gendered approach is needed
Alice Gritti

Reinvigorating resilience: violence against women, land rights, and the women’s peace movement in Myanmar
Hilary Faxon, Roisin Furlong and May Sabe Phyu

What if gender became an essential, standard element of Vulnerability Assessments?
Daniel Morchain, Giorgia Prati, Frances Kelsey and Lauren Ravon

Looking within the household: a study on gender, food security, and resilience in cocoa-growing communities
Elizabeth Kiewisch

Gender equality, resilience to climate change, and the design of livestock projects for rural livelihoods
Nicola J.C. Chanamuto and Stephen J.G. Hall


Compiled by Liz Cooke
Resources List – Resilience

Views, events, and debates (subscriber-only access)
Edited by Liz Cooke

Book Reviews

Edited by Liz Cooke

The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Development
Reviewed by Suzanne Clisby

‘Honour’ Killing and Violence: Theory, Policy and Practice
Reviewed by Gill Hague

Under Development: Gender
Reviewed by Ines Smyth

Entrepreneurial Selves: Neoliberal Respectability and the Making of a Caribbean Middle Class
Reviewed by Peggy Antrobus

Feminisms, Empowerment and Development: Changing Women’s Lives
Reviewed by Deborah Eade

Unsafe Abortion and Women’s Health: Change and Liberalization
Reviewed by Marge Berer

Rethinking Peacekeeping, Gender Equality and Collective Security
Reviewed by Ines Smyth