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Safer Roads, Empowered Women
|Date:||30 May 2013|
Gender; Transport and ICT
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In the remote mountain area in Dehong prefecture, Yunnan province, women play a more meaningful role in society besides farming and doing housework: they maintain the condition of the roads.
Safer Roads, Empowered Women
Women road maintenance in Yunnan, PRC
In the remote mountain area in Dehong prefecture, Yunnan province, women play a more meaningful role in society besides farming and doing housework; they maintain the condition of the roads.
This is a major component of the Yunnan Integrated Roads Network Development Project: to build community-based women groups responsible for maintaining the condition of rural roads near their villages.
The road maintenance group consists of 5 to 6 women who are paid based on the number of days they work.
SOT: Qian Anxiang
30 years old, Dai Ethnic Minority, village of Mangpai, Mangshi county
My family doesn't have much land on the hill, only 2 mu (1 mu = 666.67 m2). By maintaining the roads, I earn a regular monthly salary which the government pays. I use this to cover our daily expenses.
The maintenance teams are formed from Dai, Jingpo, De'ang, and Han ethnic groups and even from one of China's smallest ethnic minorities, the Achang.
SOT: Zhao Yijuan
44, years old, Chair of All-China Women’s Federation of Lianghe county
With the increased income earned from the project implementation, the rural women were able to solve household and farming financial problems while also learning and improving their professional skills in road maintenance.
More importantly, this project gives women confidence and improves their status in the family.
Government officials from the transport sector visit the villages, organize training for the women groups, and monitor their work. The officials exchange views with the women and listen to their opinions and suggestions.
This ADB pilot-tested business model is a performance-based contract system. It significantly improved the efficiency of rural road management and maintenance.
SOT: Jin Chu
44 years old, Director, Rural Roads Management Division, Dehong Communication Bureau
The performance-based contract system lowered administration cost and reduced our workload. This project model should be introduced into other areas. There are now 650 kilometers of roads in Dehong implementing this system.
The involvement of women like Qian Anxiang in the road maintenance groups has involved the active role of women in society.
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