Women Displaced-Using Gender Disaggregated Mobility Data to Study Disasters
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Evidence based on numerous post-disaster descriptive studies indicates that women tend to be more likely to be displaced from hurricane events than men. This tendency is associated usually with a more acute perception of risk and responsibility for children and households on the part of women, but is this actually borne out by the available data? New datasets on the post-disaster mobility of Facebook users, disaggregated by gender, sheds important new light on the behaviors of women and men during crises. Preliminary research, conducted by Direct Relief and partners at Harvard School of Public Health during the recent impacts of Hurricanes Laura, Sally, and Delta in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida, indicates that the rate of return for women was somewhat faster than for men. Potential reasons for the disparity include a lower capacity to be away from home for longer periods of time, in part based upon income differences and household responsibilities, particularly for single-parent households with children. Linking the displacement analysis to improved baseline understanding of gender variance in the total population as well as co-variance based on income levels, which may play a significant related role in these rates of movement post-disaster, may improve our understanding of the causes, impacts, and consequences of gendered displacement patterns.
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Direct Relief, VP of Research and Analysis
Dr. Andrew Schroeder is the Vice President of Research and Analysis for Direct Relief. He leads Direct Relief’s work in GIS mapping, epidemiological analysis and humanitarian informatics. His work has been published or featured in various publications, including Science, The Lancet, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fast Company, Wired, The New Humanitarian, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, and the International Journal of Cancer. Dr. Schroeder along with colleagues at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health is the co-founder of CrisisReady, a research and response platform dedicated to real-time analysis of large-scale data to improve disaster response. He is also the co-founder and Board President of the global nonprofit WeRobotics.org, which builds local capacity in robotics applications for humanitarian aid, development, and global health in 30 countries around the world.