Situation of Girls and Women in Nepal

Girls and women in Nepal, and especially those living in rural areas, continue to face discrimination and violence due to the patriarchal culture and their lack of knowledge and skills, psychological support, and economic opportunities.

In Part 3 of the Constitution of Nepal, under Fundamental Rights and Duties, Article 18 refers to the “Right to Equality”.  However, in practice this “right” is limited to the paper it is written on.

Despite significant efforts from the Government of Nepal (GoN), international agencies, non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations, Nepali girls and women continue to face major socio-economic discrimination.

“If a family has a chance of sending one of their children to a private school, it would almost certainly be a boy and not a girl.  Boys are encouraged to speak their minds and get higher education and skills for employment, while girls are told to be submissive and do what their parents, families or guardians want. As teenagers, young girls are told to think about their future marriage”, says one of our participants from Mugu.

According to an article by the State Department (Nepal 2016 Human Rights Report)  “Early and forced marriage, and rape and domestic violence against women, including dowry-related deaths, remains a serious problem.”

In an online article of My Republica, dated 24 October 2016, Ms. Bhagawati Ghimire (Acting Chairperson of the National Women’s Commission) states “Gender based violence is an increasing trend. It has been prevalent in society in the past and continues to thrive in the present day too.”   Furthermore she states, “Women are compelled to tolerate the domestic violence because they aren’t self dependent. Having no rights over parental property and lacking job opportunities, women are forced to endure the violence silently.”

At EWN girls and women are given ample opportunities to speak up against injustice, discrimination and violence. With various training courses girls and women not only gain knowledge and skills – they learn to be assertive, they recognize their inner strengths, they take charge of their own lives, and they lead by example.

 

References:

https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/265756.pdf

http://www.myrepublica.com/news/7896/

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GOAL coach workshop

EWN organized “GOAL Training of Trainers” for 11 participants from the Solukhumbu district of Nepal.
We hope that these participants will deliver GOAL training and camps in their respective communities with the support of EWN team.
This training was funded by EWN’s Earthquake Relief Effort.

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GOAL Camp

We are proud to announce a successful GOAL Camp in the Gorkha District of Nepal for 30 girls and 20 boys.
Here is what our volunteer from the United States says, “As a volunteer, EWN gave me the opportunity to attend a 5 day GOAL Leadership training camp at Shree Bhagawati Higher Secondary School in the Gorkha District. During this program, two of the GOAL curriculum facilitators taught modules covering different aspect of leadership and equality, health education, money management, child rights, and goal setting. The dedication to learning in the classroom and through sports by both the facilitators and the students was inspiring, and there was great fun had by all.”
This camp was funded by EWN Earthquake Relief Fund.

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Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) Camp

Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) Camp in Pyuthan District, Nepal October 30th 2015: Empowering Women of Nepal (EWN) in collaboration with Peace Corps Nepal and Kalika Development Center (KDC) of Pyuthan district successfully organized its 4 days Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) Camp. 16 young girls and 3 female chaperons from Bijaya Nagar, Dharampani and Bangesal VDC of Pyuthan participated in the program.

EWN’s GOAL facilitators Isha Pathak and Ekshana Karki, along with other facilitators from KDC, discussed and explored the following issues: girls’ rights, health, gender roles & challenges, leadership, child marriage, peer pressure and much more. The classes provided an interactive learning experience.

Child marriage is one of the critical issues in Pyuthan. Hence it was the centre topic for the girls to discuss. In addition, the facilitators realized that the girls had very limited knowledge regarding violence.

The girls enjoyed dancing, singing, making river trips, friendship bands, vision board, watching movies/ documentaries and sharing their first bus ride experiences.

We are grateful for this wonderful collaboration!

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Goal Program at Bindhabasini and ShivaShakti Higher Secondary School,2015

We are extremely grateful to the Cottier Donze Foundation, Switzerland for continuing to support EWN”s Girls Leadership Program for the third year.
A total of 80 girls will be undergoing the GOAL curriculum for 9 months at Bindhabasini Higher Secondary School, Barpatan, Pokhara.
Additionally, we are delighted to inform you that we have launched our first GOAL Boys Leadership Program at Shiva Shakti Higher Secondary School in Fulbari, Pokhara. There will be 30 boys attending over the next six months.

We hope that these boys will actively work together with our trained coaches to build their confidence, acquire valuable life skills to harness their leadership qualities and most importantly that in the future some of these GOAL boys who graduate will advocate for girls and women’s rights.
A big thank you to Women Win, the Netherlands, for helping EWN develop a quality sports and life skill program for under privileged adolescents (girls and boys) in Nepal.1932311_10153746033388945_438643828182005342_n 11147568_10153746033368945_6863751405927225371_n 12096055_10153746033418945_7181347260166415540_n 12096412_10153746033378945_2787608564179886536_n 12096489_10153746033438945_2434014557201935134_n 12105693_10153746033403945_2907274287560796377_n 12106872_10153746033428945_7253742797568315950_n 12115431_10153746033398945_1863730203298856720_n

13th Annual General Meeting 2015

EWN conducted its 13th Annual General Meeting on 6th October 2015. The purpose of the meeting was to inform local government organizations, civil society, EWN Advisors, Board Members and the general public about EWN’s annual activities and budget from August 2014 to July 2015 while also sharing the organizations upcoming programs from August 2015 to July 2016.
It was our honor to have Mrs. Laxmi G.C with us, who is from the Women and Child Development District Office, Kaski. She congratulated EWN and expressed her happiness for the work we do to support our nation. During her speech she stated, “to empower women is a challenge and to face the challenge is being empowered.”
On behalf of EWN, I am grateful to Mrs. Laxmi G.C mam, distinguished guests, EWN Advisors, our Board Members and everyone who attended the event for making it a success.
Thank you.
Dicky Chhetri
EWN Board President

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