FWLD - Working for Non-Discrimination and Equality

Disaster – Right Based Approach

On 25th April, 2015 a massive earthquake measuring upto 7.9 richter scale shook the entire Nepal destroying most of the world heritage sites, killing more than thousands of people and injuring millions. Not only did the earthquake take lives or injured the people but has also left hundreds and thousands displaced and homeless thus, making them economically and socially susceptible.

Gorkha, Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, Kathmandu, Rasuwa and Dhading have been listed as the major affected districts of Nepal. Women face various forms of gender-based violence, abuses, harassments and sexual offences. Trafficking of women and children and rape has been increasing day by day. The Government and other national and international institutions are rigorously working however women and other marginalized communities still face difficulties. Thus, with the aim of assessing, monitoring and analyzing the post disaster needs in order to identify the existing situation of women and vulnerable groups i.e. Dalit’s, Janajatis, Madheshi’s and Muslims including children and senior citizens in the three most affected districts of Nepal FWLD has partnered with NDI.

FWLD attempts to address the prevailing gender inequality in the post disaster period and see whether the post disaster responses by the Government and other key stakeholders have maintained gender/social inclusion or not. The organization on this regard has been undergoing activities such as focus group discussions, conducting interviews with key informants, conducting citizen’s report cards which portrays the level of satisfaction of earthquake victims on the relief and support provided by the government as well as hold a national level policy dialogue regarding the new disaster management bill from the GESI Perspective.