NO ACCIDENT- Resilience and the inequality of risk

Around the world, poor women and men face a relentless series of
shocks and stresses. Inequality, in all its ugly guises, is what turns
risk from these shocks and stresses into a rising tide of avoidable
suffering, and drives millions of people deeper into crisis and

Systemic shocks, such as food price hikes and „natural‟ disasters,
and long-term stresses like climate change, environmental
degradation and protracted conflicts, undermine individuals‟ ability
to cope. And these are on the rise. Since 1970, the number of
people exposed to floods and tropical cyclones has doubled.1 The
latest climate science indicates that global warming far beyond 2ºC
is increasingly likely, and that even a 2ºC warming will have far
worse consequences than expected just a few years ago.2 In the
past few years, volatility in food and commodity prices has
returned, and more than 1.5 billion people now live in countries that
face repeated cycles of violence.

The impact of these increasing systemic shocks exacerbate the
life-cycle shocks to income felt at household level – such as
widowhood, childbirth, and unexpected illness – which hit women
the hardest.

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