Gender empowerment of the society improves resilience in disaster management

About this video

Prof Chung explains that disasters are rarely gender neural. Women and girls are the main victims of natural disasters. The differences in impact for women and men are not just physical but also linked to attitudes and societal conditioning. She compares what has happened in different disaster situation to show that childcare is in important factor during disaster impact stage. Women play an important role in enhancing the resilience of society under disaster situations. Empowerment of women can reduce vulnerability of society by providing leadership for recovery process.

About the presenter

Gunhui Chung

Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Hoseo University, South Korea


Gunhui Chung (PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA) is an associate professor in Hoseo University (Cheongcheongnam-do, South Korea) working in the field of water-related disaster risk reduction and also a researcher in the Center for Gendered Innovations in Science and Technology Research(GISTeR). She has been working to evaluate disaster (flood/heavy snow) vulnerability index and impact of gender on the disaster management. Also, she has an interests in the climate change adaptation and response in disaster and safety management for the development of smart city including the optimal location of real time sensors to save water usage or decrease water shortage. Her current research projects are about ‘intelligent water supply system’, ‘snow load design under the climate change condition’, and ‘mitigation of urban flood using the structure of stormwater pipe network’. Optimization techniques and deep learning process to decrease water-related disaster is also one of the interested areas. She studied Environmental Engineering in Korea University (Sejong) for Bachelor of Engineering and received Master of Engineering in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Water Resources), Korea University. Then, she studied water resources systems engineering in the department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA for Ph.D.


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