The Infrastructure Employment Project (IEP) is an effort on behalf of Chars Livelihood Programme (CLP) to provide temporary employment for the extreme-poor living in the chars during a period of annual underemployment. Households are raised on plinths above the highest known flood level. IEP’s target is for 15% of all workers employed to be women. The participation rate of women in IEP has been dropping annually since the 2010 IEP season: this briefing examines why. The main reasons for low rates of female inclusion in IEP has been social conservatism, other employment generation schemes, and political instability.
Watson, T. Brief: Reasons for the Decline of Female Participation in CLP’s IEP. (2015) 5 pp.