Earthquake in Nepal

April 28, 2015

Nepal earthquake damage
Earthquake damage in Nepal. Photo: Flickr user simcsea

On Saturday, Nepal was hit by a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake. It was the region’s largest earthquake in 80 years. To date authorities have confirmed over 4,000 people have been killed, and the full extent of the devastation is still unknown. Infrastructure damage and aftershocks have hindered emergency response efforts.

While IWDA has worked in Nepal in the past, we do not currently have any program partnerships there. However our thoughts are with the people of Nepal as they face this ongoing crisis.

IWDA’s focus is on partnering with local organisations on long-term development priorities. As such, we are not directly engaged with disaster relief. Please visit the website of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) for a full list of member agencies that are responding to the Nepal earthquake emergency.

IWDA works with other NGOs through the ACFID Gender Equality Working Group to encourage full integration of gender considerations in emergency and disaster needs assessment and response. A gender perspective is critical to seeing and responding to the specific needs of women and men, girls and boys, in the aftermath of natural or other disasters.

We urge all NGOs involved in the Nepal earthquake response to include gender capacity in their response teams and consult directly with local women and girls and their organisations. We also call on decision-makers to ensure that the needs of women and girls are fully integrated into national disaster resilience strategies in an ongoing manner.

Thank you to those who have contacted us to express solidarity with the people of Nepal. As we continue to reach out to our friends in the coming days, we’ll pass along your collective message of support.