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Title: Urbanization and disaster: loss of women's property ownership in Leh Ladakh
Authors: Raman, Bhuvaneswari
Keywords: Land rights
Natural Disasters
women's property rights
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2015
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Bhuvaneswari Raman (2015). Urbanization and disaster: loss of women's property ownership in Leh Ladakh. In Kusakabe, Kyoko, Shrestha, Rajendra, Veena N (eds). Gender and land tenure in the context of disaster in Asia. Philippines, Springer International. pp 61-73
Abstract: The Himalayan region along the northern border of India has been identified as a high-risk zone, vulnerable to earthquakes, landslides, flashfloods, and drought. Drawing on evidence from the mountain town of Leh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, this chapter explores how State interventions to promote development affect women, particularly with respect to their property relations. This chapter elucidates that development efforts have aggravated the region’s vulnerability to natural disasters. A focus on tourism and associated urban development has affected women’s land ownership as well as adversely affected the environment, which in turn has increased women’s vulnerability to disasters in multiple ways. Women’s property claims are not supported by State law or community practices, compounding their difficulty in disaster response and recovery. We argue for a better alignment of strategies governing urbanization and disasters to mitigate risks and improve disaster responsiveness. We also suggest the need for a shift in strategies, for disaster-risk mitigation to move beyond relief operations. Further, recognition of a heterogeneity of tenure forms that allow women, migrants and relatively weaker groups to establish legal claims on property is required.
URI: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-16616-2_5
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16616-2_5
http://hdl.handle.net/10739/1308
ISBN: 9783319166155
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