” says Varanisese Maisamoa, President of the Rakiraki Market Vendors Association.
The women vendors’ insights informed the market reconstruction to include Category-5 cyclone resilient infrastructure, a rain water harvesting system, flood resistant drainage, and a gender-responsive design.
Women and girls are often foremost among those who miss out.
But many others suffer from the lack of infrastructure, public services and social protection that affect their rights and well-being.
Three years ago, the Government of Cameroon started to build a 250 Km (155 mile) road that would connect rural communities like Yoko with the capital.
The women farmers of Yoko seized their moment to start a cooperative, knowing that the road project would bring more people to the area and create access to larger markets for their produce.
And then taking deliberate steps so that no woman or girl is left behind, regardless of where she lives or how much she earns, or where she comes from. If there’s no bike to take me back, I walk back home.
Infrastructure can provide a way out of poverty and increase the chance of a better future. It can take 2 – 3 hours and I am usually very tired by then.
With UN Women’s support, the Safe Jakarta project is aimed at pinpointing and closing safety gaps.
In disaster-prone Fiji, recovery efforts after Tropical Cyclone Winston had to involve women, especially the women vendors of Rakiraki Market.