Ebola Isn't Unique: Women Are Significantly More Likely to Die in Disasters

August 21, 2014 5:29 PM

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Two excellent stories, one by Buzzfeed's Jina Moore and another by Lauren Wolfe at Foreign Affairs, recently brought to light the fact that women make up 75 percent of the current Ebola epidemic's victims in Liberia. Earlier in the week, the Washington Post reported that in other affected states women have comprised 55 to 60 percent of the dead.

"If a man is sick, the woman can easily bathe him but the man cannot do so," says Marpue Spear, the executive director of the Women's NGO Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL), quoted by Woolfe. "Traditionally, women will take care of the men as compared to them taking care of the women."

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