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The gendered nature of natural disasters: The impact of catastrophic events on the gender gap in life expectancy, 1982-2002

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This paper addresses the specific vulnerability of girls and women with respect to mortality from natural disasters and their aftermath and discusses how natural disasters lower the life expectancy of women more than that of men. In other words, natural disasters (and their subsequent impact), on average, kill more women than men or kill women at an earlier age than men.

Since female life expectancy is generally higher than that of males, natural disasters can narrow the gender gap in life expectancy. [Citation: Neumayer E., Plumper T. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. 2007;97(3):551-566.]

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