HRRP celebrates International Women's day, with the event 'Women in Reconstruction'
Published     09 March, 2018

On 9 March, the HRRP organised an event, which was attended by more than 100 people, to highlight the gaps that continue to exist in effectively engaging and supporting women in the post-earthquake housing reconstruction. The event was opened by the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) and UN Women, and included presentations from the Housing Recovery and Reconstruction Platform (HRRP), the Inter-Agency Common Feedback Project (CFP), the Feminist Dalit Organisation, Helvetas Employment Fund Skills for Reconstruction Project, and BBC Media Action. The multitude of ways in which women are being marginalised and discriminated against in the post-earthquake housing recovery were highlighted. For example:

  • CFP data shows that only 15% of women know that the second tranche will only be disbursed after compliant construction of the foundations
  • The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) data from the detailed damage assessment shows that there are 324 VDCs where at least 30% of the population are illiterate and at least 30% of HHs are female headed HHs
  • The Feminist Dalit Organisation research on the impact of the 2015 earthquake on Dalit communities found that the aid provided often perpetuated existing gender inequalities and women’s marginalisation
  • Helvetas Employment Fund Skills for Reconstruction Project research findings indicate that women only mason training is necessary to ensure that women benefit fully from training opportunities

The event included experience sharing from women involved in reconstruction as masons, construction managers, NGO field staff, local officials, and NRA district staff.

Read the full Press release here.