While electricity may ease the burden of housework, it does not decrease the overall workload of women.
Women are disproportionately affected by water and sanitation issues, including inadequate water supply, lack of sanitation and poor hygiene practices.
Gender, diversity and inclusion is not a woman thing. It is a human thing. We can all afford to be bolder and more involved, to make things a lot better.
Women’s involvement in water utilities is about creating more employment, equalizing opportunities for men and women, and hiring the best person for the job regardless of gender.
The only professional women many girls in rural Nepal see are health workers and teachers. It surprises many to meet women engineers such as Nisha Tripathee.
Investments are needed in basic infrastructure – rural roads, water supply and sanitation, electrification, safe affordable public transport systems, better lighting of streets and settlements. Making infrastructure work better for women is a critical step in the empowerment of women.
Asia must confront the grim reality that 3 of the world’s top 5 most dangerous countries for women are in this region.