NPC: Boost gender parity in rebuilding

- Pratichya Dulal, Kathmandu

Jun 5, 2015-

The National Planning Commission (NPC) has suggested in its reconstruction and rehabilitation plan that the government should make effort towards ensuring gender equality by providing joint ownership, if not single ownership, right to women on the houses that will be built in new settlements.

Bimala Rai Paudyal, who heads the social development sector of the NPC-run post-earthquake needs assessment, said since property ownership right in Nepal is mostly held by males, the government has the opportunity to change that.

“We are trying to ensure that gender equality plays a major role in the government’s policy in the reconstruction and rehabilitation process,” said Paudyal.  

In 2013, the government had passed an ordinance that offered 25-40 percent discount on the registration of property jointly in the names of the husband and wife. Additional 10 percent discount had also been announced if the property is registered under the name of women.

NPC has also suggested creating employment opportunities for women in both agriculture and construction sectors. The options are training women for jobs like plumbing and carpentry so that they do not fall victim to wage disparity. “Property ownership and employment will go a long way in empowering women,” said Paudyal.

As rural areas, where agriculture is the chief source of livelihood, have been hit hard by the April 25 earthquake, the NPC has also planned to propose a special loan scheme for female farmers and trainings for women on agriculture and animal husbandry.

Considering the possibility of increase in the dropout rate among female students, the Planning Commission has urged the government to introduce scholarships and other incentives.

“We have suggested that the government provide scholarship to girls and also top up the scholarship amount already provided to the marginalised girl child,” Paudyal said.

 

Published: 06-06-2015 10:16

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