Empowering women through participatory action research in community-based disaster risk reduction efforts.

Author:

Ruszczyk, H.A., Upadhyay, B.K., Kwong, Y.M.C., Khanal, O., Bracken, L.J., Pandit, S. and Bastola, R.,

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Date:

2020

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Theme:

Gender, Community and Disaster

Language:

English

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Full Harvard Reference:

Ruszczyk, H.A., Upadhyay, B.K., Kwong, Y.M.C., Khanal, O., Bracken, L.J., Pandit, S. and Bastola, R., (2020). Empowering women through participatory action research in community-based disaster risk reduction efforts. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 51, p.101763.

This research paper describes a comparative case study of participatory action research (PAR) in community-based disaster risk reduction efforts (CBDRR) conducted in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. The “Empowering Women through CBDRR” PAR was motivated by the National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal's (NSET) desire to learn how to effectively empower women in disaster risk reduction on a local level and to enhance resilience to everyday hazards and risks. While there is clear evidence of women's empowerment and capacity building, sustainability of initiatives is particularly dependent on the commitment of local authorities to incorporate the initiatives into local policies and actions. A gap remains between aspirations to practice empowerment of women and implementation.