University of Vermont
Disasters exacerbate inequalities that are already present in the society, put particular groups of individuals at risk, specifically women. The vulnerabilities of women shape the way they experience disasters as well as their ability to recover from them. Although it has now been over a year since the earthquake that occurred in Nepal on April 25, 2015, the recovery has been slow, and the destruction that it has caused is still greatly visible. For this project, women in the Helambu region of Nepla were interviewed to learn about how their lives were affected by the earthquake and the challenges that they faced over the past year.
As time passes, society tends to forget about disasters and the people they greatly affect, but individuals are still struggling from last year’s earthquake and it is important that they not be forgotten. As in the case with other disaster, the experiences of women during and after the earthquake in Nepal have been different from those of men. The women of Helambu opened up to me about the obstacles they faced after the earthquake, the troubles they are still facing now, and the issues in their communities that have been present long before the earthquake. By understanding some of the specific difficulties faced by these women after the earthquake, we can gain a better understanding of their needs during the recovery process and learn about better ways in which to assist them in future disasters.
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Squier, Emma, "The Women of Helamb: Life After the 2015 Earthquake" (2016). Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection. 2400.
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