Nepal | May 27, 2020

‘Make disaster recovery policies gender-responsive’

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, April 27

A need for gender-responsive disaster risk reduction and recovery policies was stressed in an interaction programme today as existing gender disparities put women at disadvantage during disasters.

The view was expressed during the discussion programme titled ‘Assessing the Gender Implications in Post- Disaster Period’ organised here by South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment. Women are left more vulnerable after the 2015 earthquake due to loss of livelihoods and increased risk to sexual and reproductive well-being, said Neelu Thapa, programme coordinator, SAWTEE while making a presentation on the topic.

The presentation highlighted the impacts such as 56 per cent of fatalities were women; two-thirds of the existing basic emergency obstetric and neonatal care sites or birthing centres in the affected areas were damaged; in the year following the earthquake 23,000 cases of trafficking or attempts to traffic were reported; more than 40,000 women were considered to be in danger of sexual violence; estimated loss to women’s livelihood due to earthquake was approximately Rs 15 billion, among others.

She pointed out that the government and National Reconstruction Authority’s attempt at making the reconstruction policies gender-responsive had helped promote opportunities for women, but they still found accessing relief and reconstruction efforts difficult due to social, cultural and political biases.

Chandni Joshi, chairperson of Homenet South Asia wondered why the social construct that ascribes certain roles to women renders them vulnerable needs to be analysed to make women resilient.

Nirmala Dhungana, president, Women for Human Rights, drew attention to multiple burdens faced by women during the earthquake when they were homeless, but had to care for young children and elderly family members while simultaneously looking for income opportunities, more so in the migrant households. She also pointed out how the disaster had led to increase in trafficking cases, especially among young children.

Bhubaneswari Parajuli, who is a gender, social and environment management specialist, National Society for Earthquake Technology, said reconstruction could be an opportunity to bridge social and technical aspects by incorporating gender concerns in the policies.

Renuka Joshi, professor at Padma Kanya Campus emphasised on the continued discourse regarding gender concerns in the disasters risk reduction and reconstruction.


A version of this article appears in print on April 28, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Australian PM calls for economic overhaul to fuel post-coronavirus recovery

Truce between employers and workers needed: PM Australia plots economic recovery Australia records just over 7,100 cases of COVID-19 Six cases from ship recently arrived from the UAE recorded SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday called for an ideological truc Read More...

Nepal reports highest single-day spike, Covid-19 spreads to 46 districts

KATHMANDU: Health Ministry on Tuesday confirmed 90 new cases of coronavirus infection which has taken the Covid-19 case tally to 772 in the country. This is the highest single-day total recorded in Nepal, so far. The new infections were detected through tests carried out at the National Public Read More...

NHRC calls for immediate legal action in Chaurjahari incident

KATHMANDU: National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has expressed its concern over the killing of Nawaraj BK, Tikaram Sunar and Ganesh Budha and the circumstances of three others missing in the incident in Soti of Rukum West. Issuing a press release on Tuesday, NHRC expressed its sadness over the Read More...

Chinese climbers scale Mt Everest

KATHMANDU: A team of rope fixing Chinese climbers today scaled the world’s highest peak opening a climbing route to the top of Mt Everest from the northern side. The team reached the top of the world at around 2:25 pm by fixing ropes above 8,300 m on Tuesday, according to a source at the ba Read More...

PUBG rules as country languishes in ever extending lockdown

KATHMANDU: Esports in Nepal is still in its infancy but given the rise of the gaming community, it’s slowly but surely gaining traction. The Nepal Olympic Association has endorsed eSports as a sporting event with events like ComCon Nepal, Hackathons, ComCOsCOn and Nepal eSports Association (NESA) Read More...

HBO data hack

George RR Martin joins group to buy historic railway

SANTA FE, NM: George RR Martin, the famed author of the “Game of Thrones” fantasy series, has joined a group to buy the historic Santa Fe Southern Railroad. Violet Crown cinema owner Bill Banowsky, National Dance Institute of New Mexico co-founder Catherine Oppenheimer and Martin recently purch Read More...

22 new cases of infection detected, COVID-19 tally in Rautahat reaches 70

RAUTAHAT: As many as 22 new cases of coronavirus infection, including three children, have been detected in Rautahat district, on Tuesday. The aforementioned cases were confirmed after the rounded in samples underwent RT-PCR at the Teku-based National Pubic Health Laboratory, according to the Dis Read More...