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How to make women safer in disasters? Attack inequality

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In many way I do have a few fries perched on my shoulder, however they are even balanced by onion rings and a green fanta on the other.

The reason I get huffy and puffy is candidate gender quotas and all women short lists are increasing being adopted along with various positive action measures in business..

My humble opinion, as a women that has risen, hand on heart, through merit and yes sometimes shamefully trampling over the opposition irrespective of gender is professional client credibility count for diddly squat if you sit in the captains chair by affirmative action gender imbalance policy regardless of qualifications.

Equally legislation should and must provide a level playing field to social mobility, but there after a company's business, maintaining a competitive edge comes from fairness, merit and healthy competition in hiring and firing.

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Strangeland: My point was that if women were in charge, they wouldn't be the ones serving tea.

What a no-point - there are many men out there that would be happily take such an easy job, unfortunately not possible because they are men. Give us all a f-g break on this...

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Where do I start?

By empowering women

I hate that term. How about "involving" women? Because males and females should be equal as far as rights go. But the "involvement" of women, who may be more understanding about specific difficulties that that some women may face n a disaster-related setting, should definitely be welcomed and should be encouraged.

As for the "feminist" tangent, I'll just say this. Power to anyone who deserves it.

What a stupid article. Women in Japan dominate men totally. As for disasters just be prepared and be aware. So many texters driving along the coast of Fukushima could have seen the wave coming or heard a warning over the radio but just kept texting or kept there minds in their own pathetic virtual world.

You are an incredibly ignorant individual.

Do you think everybody owns mobile phones? And those who do, text on them all the time? Should we all be listening to the radio constantly when driving? How about those who would no time to react in any case?

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Yes, yes, we need more discriminatory aid programs. Ya know, there are many more homeless men than women in the US and probably elsewhere.

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Educator60, undeniably there is a long way to go, as a woman I certainly would not have been able to achieve the salary or seniority in a similar field or environment in Tokyo as London.

However in the context of disaster risk reduction and Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, there is a danger of dwelling or allowing tokenism to mask the real issues of the shocking mismanagement of aid to quake victims and the administration of resources....

As a matter of interest...

Gender Inequality Index...

http://hdr.undp.org/en/content/table-4-gender-inequality-index

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@Strangerland I guess so... what about waitresses in countries outside Japan. Some waitresses are hired by female managers. Maybe similar to that. Japanese corporations need waitresses in their office. That will keep a lot of men in the company happy, thus beneficial for the company. So I don't think its a matter of male manager or female manager.

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Agree with smithinjapan regarding comments by itsonlyrocknroll and Steve Crichton, who seem to have some kind of enormous chips on their shoulders.

Having men in charge of planning evacuation centers in the past has resulted in situations such as boxes and boxes of cup ramen but no baby formula or baby food, no baby or adult diapers, no sanitary napkins, no food for the elderly with an inability to chew, etc.

Anyone who has a problem with discussion of planning for the diverse people who will likely be sheltered in event of a disaster really needs to take a good look into their own hearts.

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@Strangerland Like it or not, tea serving women in big companies is one of Japanese customs.

My point was that if women were in charge, they wouldn't be the ones serving tea.

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@Strangerland Like it or not, tea serving women in big companies is one of Japanese customs. Some women even think, I get paid to serve tea and make copies of documents. So lucky I have such an easy job! Many Japanese women are not as aggressive as women in Western countries.

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Women in Japan dominate men totally.

Is that why so many women have to serve tea in companies? Because they dominated the men into making them do so?

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"Women in Japan dominate men totally." Yeah, in usual daily life situation. But not in unusual disastrous situation. Women are physically weaker than men (obviously) and both men and women need to accept that. I think so many people are misunderstanding "gender equality" that it's even more unequal these days.

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Hi Praack, The complexities and challenges were unprecedented. This comprehensive report is just from a legislative aspect.

Japan: Legal Responses to the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011....

http://www.loc.gov/law/help/japan-earthquake/

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yup gotta agree with smithinjapan on this one- you guys are off base- read the article.

what good are a line of standups when you have 60 % females and children? what good are racks of cots in one open air spot for guys and girls when they are all of child bearing age in a crisis.

you don;t put people in place like that and tell them to strip normally - don;t think of doing that during a crisis

oh and as for your comments...- i am unsure you would be going to a destroyed crisis center in the middle of town to honor all the dead if there were enough women on the group- i think they would have said- You know this is not too smart building this here.......

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Steve Crichton: "So many texters driving along the coast of Fukushima could have seen the wave coming or heard a warning over the radio but just kept texting or kept there minds in their own pathetic virtual world."

So you're blaming people who text for this? How about the kids and teachers swallowed up by the waves at public schools because they waited for news? You going to blame those kids and smartphones or some other tech for that, too? Maybe if they HAD been texting they might have gotten a warning faster and left. This is not about your personal aversion to people texting, and the deaths of THOUSANDS certainly has nothing to do with it. Agree or not with the stance that inequality makes people unsafe -- I personally agree, though not necessarily with the ways mentioned in the article -- but don't blame the deaths of people on texting or something equally as stupid and disrespectful, especially when the article clearly mentions incidents around the world of people being trapped and dying who were in complete poverty (I doubt they would be texting while driving down the road, as you say).

"Women in Japan dominate men totally."

Then why is there even refusal to TALK about the idea of a woman inheriting the Chrysanthemum Throne? How many female PMs have there been, and how many up and coming are there? How about the fact that a woman with more talent in her pinky toe is forced to wait on and serve tea the old men who have already 'retired' but take up senior positions in companies? or get sexually harassed, with no punishment for the men, if they want their jobs back after having a baby -- or haven't had babies yet?

Some women may 'rule' the day-to-day in the household, for sure, but that in no ways means there is gender equality, or even close, in society as a whole.

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What a stupid article. Women in Japan dominate men totally. As for disasters just be prepared and be aware. So many texters driving along the coast of Fukushima could have seen the wave coming or heard a warning over the radio but just kept texting or kept there minds in their own pathetic virtual world. Look around. Be aware. Anticipate. Fight.

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Did nature never countenanced ' gender equality' let alone pondered a 'disaster reduction framework'?. When the huge 2011 earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tōhoku struck, was it not humanities instinct to survive that took over irrespective of gender, the courage of the Fukushima fifty is a example, suicidal in trying to avert a catastrophe, is this not the very essence of human nature itself?

Women’s vulnerability to disasters is a sign not of weakness but of inequality Evacuation centres did not respond to women’s needs at the time because they were mainly run by men

Do these statements not attempt to politically weaponize the very nature of disaster management,reducing to the level to furthering women attaining fair job opportunities? Is this were feminism has come?

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