History – 2

Undeterred by the lack of assistance, we, a group of 14 individuals decided to take matters into our own hands. We reached out to colleges, sharing the heartbreaking story and calling for a meeting to rally support in finding the missing girl. This gathering brought together 45 women, not only to discuss the specific case but also to address broader issues related to family and women’s rights.

It was during this meeting that the decision was made to establish an NGO dedicated to tackling such cases and providing legal support. The Women’s Foundation Nepal was born out of the collective determination to address these challenges and protect the rights of women and children. The organization began its journey with nine dedicated members from diverse backgrounds, including students, doctors, lawyers, and social workers. Together, we started organizing social programs and initiatives.

In an effort to seek justice, the Foundation took the matter to the Supreme Court, threatening legal action against the doctor and the negligent police. Miraculously, the very next day, the police located the missing girl. She had been forced into unpaid child labor at the doctor’s sister’s home. The Women’s Foundation Nepal successfully reunited her with her family, marking a significant victory in their pursuit of justice.

Since that pivotal moment, the Women’s Foundation Nepal has experienced remarkable growth. Today, we proudly boast thousands of members, seven district offices across Nepal, two child care centers, three shelters for survivors of abuse and violence, an organic farm, an onsite textile production center, scholarship programs, skills training for women, and free onsite legal support and psychological counseling services.

Kamala UpretiĀ 
President , The Women’s Foundation Nepal