Call to involve women in rebuilding process

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Mar 10, 2016-

The National Reconstruction Authority came under fire on Wednesday for not including a single woman in its executive committee.

Stating that 71 percent farmers in the 14 districts most affected by the Gorkha Earthquake last year are female, Dr Bimala Rai Paudyal, former member of the National Planning Commission, urged the government to incorporate women in all phases of rebuilding.

“We need women’s version right from the start in order to make a gender-balanced plan. That has been missed but it is still not too late to ensure that the needs and suggestions of women, especially rural women, are incorporated in reconstruction,” said rights campaigner Paudyal.

This is the right time to start building infrastructure friendly to people with disability and spaces favourable to women and children in the community, she added.

Addressing a programme, Australian Ambassador to Nepal Glenn White said, “Experience has shown that in every natural and man-made disaster, it is women and their children who are at the most risk and vulnerable. At this historic time for Nepal, it is an opportunity to revitalise social engineering which not only seeks to protect women, but which enables their rightful inclusion into the debate about how things should and will change. Their voices must be heard now and into the future.”

Sushil Gyewali, chief executive officer of the NRA, said the government would train women to use them in all stages of reconstruction.

Ziad Sheikh, country representative for UN Women Nepal, said women’s specific needs must be addressed and their skills and knowledge harnessed in the design, 

planning, decision-making and implementation of all relief, recovery and reconstruction works.

Published: 10-03-2016 07:56

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