Sapana Bista is currently working towards an MPhil to transfer to PhD under the supervision of Professor Padam Simkhada and Rose Khatri. Sapana’s PhD will focus on the disaster experiences of people with disabilities: a study of 2015 major earthquake in Nepal. Sapana aims to study emergency preparedness, access to safe evacuation and rehabilitation for people with disabilities during disaster; and to provide policy and program level recommendations that can be used to plan future disaster and emergency services to people with disabilities.
Sapana completed a MA in Children, Youth and International Development in 2013 at Brunel University and a MA in Creative and Transactional Writing in 2005 also at Brunel University. Her previous research includes a study about socio-cultural transition in adolescents among the British Gurkha immigrants. Sapana has previously worked in private and charity sector including Anti Slavery International and local NGOs in Nepal.
Sapana Bista's Papers
Grassroots responses to violence against women and girls in post-earthquake Nepal: Lessons from the field
Kay Standing, Sara Parker, Sapana Bista
Gender & Development, Volume 24, Issue 2, 2016 Special Issue: Violence Against Women and Girls, pages 187-204, 2016.
Abstract: Violence against women and girls (VAWG), including sexual violence, can increase after natural disasters. This article provides evidence from Nepal, a country where progress has been made on gender equality but VAWG remains an endemic problem. Research since the earthquakes involving women activists and non-government organisations indicates the continuing challenges facing disaster response efforts to prevent VAWG and protect women. Women and girls in camps and temporary shelters feel threatened and insecure due to the risk of violence and lack of privacy. Humanitarian aid, health care, and disaster responses can challenge VAWG, and offer safe spaces for women and girls to be established. This article draws on the views of grassroots women’s activists in Nepal and shares lessons for development and humanitarian workers about steps to be taken to challenge and minimise VAWG in emergency situations.
- Published 27 May 2015
- Tagged International public health