Women experience a host of negative consequences during and after a natural disaster. A variety of feminist theories have been used to explore this phenomenon. The aim of this paper is to posit the need for an ecofeminist perspective on analyzing women’s vulnerabilities post-natural disaster. The authors will discuss the history and branches of ecofeminism, highlighting their utility in exploring the intersection of race, class, and gender in the aftermath of disaster. An ecofeminist analysis of Sri Lankan women’s vulnerability in the wake of the 2004 tsunami will be used to illustrate the utility of the theory. Implications of using ecofeminism in natural disaster research will be discussed.
Banford, Alyssa and Froude, Cameron Kiely
Ecofeminism and Natural Disasters: Sri Lankan Women Post-Tsunami.
Journal of International Women's Studies, 16(2), 170-187.
Available at: http://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol16/iss2/11