Disasters result in devastating human, economic, and environmental effects. The paper highlights women?s active participation in community-based disaster recovery efforts drawing from the results of the ?Rebuilding Lives Post-disaster: Innovative Community Practices for Sustainable Development? by an international research partnership. Two case studies are presented from Pakistan and the USA to demonstrate how women contribute to building resilience and promoting sustainable development in diverse post-disaster contexts. The policy and practice implications are relevant for discussions regarding the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and framework.