Gender & Social Equity

It is a fact that a person is more likely to be economically poor if she is a woman and/or an indigenous person/member of minority ethnic group, practices a minority religion, comes from an isolated geographical area, was born into a low social status (caste, bonded labour, etc), is young or very old, or lives with impaired health. Being economically poor tends to be strongly correlated with being socially disadvantaged – that is, experiencing social discrimination and powerlessness. At HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, we not only strive to promote broadly beneficial development, but we also seek to work specifically with the most disadvantaged individuals and groups living in our partner countries. It is for this reason that gender equality and social equity is a cross-cutting theme in our organisation.

In promoting gender equality and social equity in our field programmes, we are also attentive to the example set by our partner organisations and by ourselves. We thus seek to partner with organisations that share our broad organisational values, and to build their capacities with regard to gender and social equity if appropriate. Internally, we strive towards a gender balanced, strongly socially aware workforce, and are committed to having a minimum 30% women or men in our Management Committee and Board of Directors.

Blog posts from Jane Carter

16. February 2018

A toilet for all in the emerging town of Katarniya

with Mohan Bhatta and Rubika Shrestha Shivu Sharma looks older than his 39 years, but this is not surprising given his life experiences. Born into a labourer family, he has also worked as a labourer most of his life – mainly in India, where he is currently employed in the furniture industry. We only happen
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16. January 2018

Retrofitting as an answer to earthquake damage: Pros and Cons

with Balmukunda Neupane Bimala Dahal looks rather ill-at-ease in her hard-topped helmet and high visibility jerkin – as well she might, given the appearance of her house. The two-storey building has been reduced to a shell, the internal walls broken down, and many of the floorboards removed. A “ring band” of fresh concrete runs around
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14. November 2017

“We have learned many things”…. Working with migrant families

with Sanat Sapkota “When our husbands or sons left, they left; we didn’t know anything. But now we understand about buying the ticket, getting the visa, leaving a copy of the documents behind, about what happens if someone dies and how the body should be brought back, about making savings, about managing money wisely –
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Gender Equality and Social Equity (GSE) Policy 2013

Through a process of wide consultation within the organisation that also drew substantively on past experience, a new GSE Policy was elaborated over the period 2011-2012. This was finally approved by the Board of Directors in late November 2012, and can be downloaded here