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Bam Zanan Group in Iran

Following the earthquake in Bam, Iran, women’s NGOs formed the group to create an enabling and facilitating environment to provide women with the support, skills, information and contacts to rebuild social, economic and community assets. Their goal was to assist victims in the short-term, to improve women’s self-sufficiency in the long-term, and to provide a transparent and accountable strategy that focuses on future risk reduction.

The Bam Zanan Group subsequently organized a Coordinating Committee comprised of 44 NGOs. Among other activities, the Committee established a Cultural Center for Women to respond to the specific needs of girls and women in emergency camps and temporary. The Committee is currently engaged in working with local women to address risk reduction by expanding women’s participation in all areas of society. The group has established mechanisms for ongoing assessment, monitoring, and evaluation.

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Key words: Iran, earthquake, NGO, women's group, emergency relief, capacity building