Women’s Rehabilitation Center (WOREC) organized a parallel event entitled “Ensuring gender equality and sustainable livelihood in post disaster situation” at the sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on March 14, 2016. CSW, a global intergovernmental body, is dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women.CSW photos (2)
During the parallel event, a panel of women from global institutions such as Global Fund for Women (GFW), MADRE and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), including national institutions like Legal Aid and Consultancy Center (LACC) and WOREC shared their experiences on how gender equality can be ensured during the disaster focusing on women’s empowerment. WOREC shared about Sneha Camapign, an initiative started by the organization after the earthquake to support the survivors in 12 out of 14 earthquake affected districts as declared by the government. During the first stage of Sneha Campaign, the organization focused on affected women who were in need of special care such as lactating mothers, adolescent girls, pregnant, elderly and disabled women. Food and special care to lactating and pregnant mothers, safe spaces and psychosocial counselling were major focus areas of the program. During the second phase, the program added capacity building, legal support and economic empowerment activities with continuation to the safe spaces and counselling support.
Speaking at the event, the panelists emphasized on how the role of community women have become significant in rebuilding lives after the earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015. The women survivors stood by the side of one another and lent moral support that they needed to regain their confidence and self-esteem and actively participated to heal each other’s trauma.
All the panelists at the program highlighted the need of women focused program and an enabling environment for them. Ms. Ugochi Daniels (Chief, Humanitarian and Fragile Contexts Branch, UNFPA) highlighted that safe space is not about a tent or shelter, it’s about the environment where women and girls feel safe and secured. Another panelist Ms. Sangeeta Chowdhry (Program Director for Asia and the Pacific, GFW) highlighted that the relief activities which are being carried out through women’s perspective and are strengthening women’s leadership tend to be more sustainable than other programs. Accordingly, Ms. Natalia Caruso, Director of Partnerships at MADRE, shared the global experience on how solidarity among women organizations are key to rebuild the lives of women.
Similarly, Ms. Rajita Dhungana, Program Officer at WOREC, presented the activities being carried out by the CSW photos (3)organization and also the challenges being faced while reaching out to the community women. The panel was moderated by Dr. Renu Adhikari, Chairperson of WOREC.
There was a participation of 90 feminists, women and human rights activists, volunteers and students at the program.
The sixtieth session of the CSW is currently ongoing at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 14 to 24, 2016.