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In support to women’s economic empowerment and building community resilience, the Asian Development Bank’s technical assistance project “Strengthening Women's Resilience to Climate Change and Disaster Risk in Asia and the Pacific,” partnered with Habitat for Humanity Fiji to provide women with carpentry skills that they can use to contribute and make decisions around shelter preparedness in their communities.

This will also encourage women to access employment opportunities within historically a male-dominated construction industry.

Participants undertook both classroom and practical training, with graduates earning Certificates II and III in Construction, a recognized Australian qualification issued through Technical and Further Education (TAFE) Queensland.

As part of practical training, 20 small climate-friendly and disaster-resilient houses were also constructed and provided to selected beneficiaries.

A 5-minute video clip has been released to show how this partnership has strengthened community resilience and advance gender equality by equipping women with carpentry skills for building climate change and disaster-resilient houses and access to employment opportunities in the male-dominated construction industry.

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