International Women’s Day : 8th March, 2017

We are delighted to join this year’s International Women’s Day campaign.

Each year on March 8, International Women’s Day is celebrated to commemorate the struggle for women’s rights, and honour the many achievements of women around the world.

The 2017 International Women’s Day, focuses on “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030” as an International theme and “Basis of Women’s Dignity: Skilled Hands and Self Employment. Better Working World – More Gender Inclusive World” as a National theme. The Women’s Foundation Nepal organized a rally and further joined hand with national, international and working organizations on different conference, press meet and developing upcoming agendas.

The world of work is changing, with significant implications for women (UN Women). Likewise, Nepal is making a pace ahead in women’s political empowerment in Asia as 30% of Women are involved in political participation which is the highest display in the whole Asia. Nepal’s new Constitution 2015 has increased the political participation of Women in Nepal that lead to Bidhya Devi Bhandari elected as the1st President of Nepal, Onsari Gharti Magar elected as the 1st Speaker of Legislature-Parliament and by the same token, Sushila Karki recommended as the 1st Chief Justice of Nepal.

Even though, the law has been liberal, there is still a lot be upgraded. When it comes to deliberating citizenship, women’s identity as a mother is still questioned and equal distribution of parental property is still disorganized. As sourced from the Kantipur Daily, there is just 29% of female representation in Constituent Assembly and 35.64% in Government Agencies which would need a great struggle and joining hands to reach 50-50 by 2030.

Whether it is in Nepal or other parts of the world, society always marks boundaries of restriction to women. WFN believes that women are similarly proficient as men to perform any kind of task for the development of family, community and nation. Every human beings are equal owning equal right and dignity. In order to foster women’s participation in every field, we should know the domination that is followed and should be empowered to eliminate such dominations, as a result they can measure a firm path toward their betterment.

“Neither less nor more, we want equal rights.” We wish you all a Happy Women’s Day!

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Vocational Trainings for Nepalese Rural Women

District Program Empowers & Improves Women’s Economic Status in Nepal

“Almost 2100 women are benefitted from the Rural Vocational Trainings along with follow-up and income generation supports by means of Women’s Empowerment Principles.”

For more than 24 years, WFN has concentrated its efforts on the achievement of women’s empowerment and gender equality. We believe that women’s socio-economic empowerment is one of the most effective tools for gender equality. To reach these goals, WFN has initiated programs that provide capacity building, vocational and income generation support programs for Nepalese rural women which is funded by Marie-Schlei Verein (German Association).

The District Programs work to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality and the program marked as the milestone for transforming and upgrading women’s leadership, participation and their economic empowerment. Working in different districts since 2010 – 2013 in the first phase at Sindupalchowk, Jhapa 1, Jhapa 2 and Kathmandu; and further was extended in 2014 to February 2017 in the second phase in Kavre, Sunsari and Bhaktapur in Nepal, enabled thousands of women to improve their lives.

The Women’s Empowerment Principles highlight that empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors and throughout all levels of economic activity to improve quality of life and boost private enterprise for improving economic status in rural areas. For achieving the mentioned principles, WFN adopts a Training of Trainers (ToT) strategy where women from different districts in Nepal were trained in one location. These women subsequently returned to their districts, where they organized Training of Facilitators (ToF) to the local women. This method is extremely efficient and has proved successful at keeping overheads low. This model is particularly well suited to a country like Nepal where so many people are geographically isolated, and the road conditions make travelling into the city for training very difficult.

“Gender equality and women’s economic empowerment are essential drivers in expanding economies worldwide. When more women work, economies grow” – UN Women. Generally, the program was aimed to shield and stimulate opportunities for women throughout the economic and social development process by providing trainings, follow-up trainings, material supports and income generation chains. The first and second phase of the program delivered the succeeding trainings and beneficiaries as:

  •  Leadership Development & Gender Equality Training
  •  Microcredit Management Training
  •  Animal Rearing Training
  •  Veterinary & Animal Health Care Training
  •  Vegetable Farming Training
  •  Shop Management Training

Phase I (2010-2013) Direct Beneficiaries Districts
Trained 1172 Sindhupalchowk, Jhapa 1, Jhapa 2 & Kathmandu
Income Generation Support 375

Phase II (2014-2017) Direct Beneficiaries Districts
Trained 906 Kavre, Sunsari & Bhaktapur
Income Generation Support 295

Direct Beneficiaries of Phase I & Phase II.

The program resulted in eliminating traditional barriers to women’s economic advancement. Thousands of women were trained for greater earnings potentiality and access to resources which has increased economic growth of the beneficiaries in the particular area. Likewise, it improves social structure of the community and positive changes in female’s social life. Many women used the training programs for career development, to get results at work, such as new qualifications, promotions, new skills, a new attitude to change and a massive boost in confidence while other women focused on results in their personal life in their daily life. Some women improved their career development after attending the training, whereas others stayed with a new sense of purpose and a more positive attitude. Moreover, hundreds of women are involved in their own private enterprise which has unquestionably reduced poverty and unemployment.

The economy should concentrate on job creation and social security schemes as Christine Lagarde states “When women do better, economies do better.” WFN and the Women Hub from the selected districts would like to thank the Marie-Schlei Verein (German Association) and the team and all other supporting hearts for their big support and generosity in enhancing economic status of rural women in Nepal. We believe that your partnership and generosity will be continued as before with us for assisting more needy women in Nepal.

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Update: Free Dental Camp 2016

We believe in prevention rather than cure. With this motto, this Free Rural Dental Health Camp is one such special initiative of WFN team with German dental experts Dr. Edgar Laucer and Dr. Ines Bergmann to provide dental healthcare services to meet the immediate health care needs of the marginalized community in remote rural areas for 5 days at Ravi Opi and Tukucha Nala VDCs in Kavre district and 2 days at WFN Central Office, Kathmandu. This comprehensive health service includes – curative, preventive, primitive and referral, to a large number of people in selected intervention areas.

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Update: Severe Damage of WFN’s Shelter Home Infrastructure

Devastating Earthquake 2015 had massively damaged the fenced brick walls of the WFN’s Shelter Home at Thali, Kathmandu. Due to the mentioned problem, WFN Shelter women and children have been facing the risk of material theft and insecurity. Furthermore, the rain water flows and leaks inside the building, has created another problem. A consequently, yesterday heavy rainfall has completely destroyed the erected walls and we are really worried about the security of our Shelter Family members.

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Heavy Monsoon Triggered Havoc in Different Parts of Nepal

WFN 28th July 2016:  The heavy rainfall since June has flooded and landslided many parts of different districts. According to the government, national organizations and international organizations working in affected areas has reported that it has become a serious concern and need of quick relief and rescue to the people in the disaster affected areas. Life has been adversely affected after the flood and different parts of the country. 30 districts including massive destruction in Sindupalchowk, Pyuthan, Gulmi, Palpa, Makawanpur, Siraha, Sarlahi, Saptari, Arghakhanchi, Baglung, Morang, Sunsari, Dolakha, Kathmandu, Jhapa, Dang and Rupandehi districts are hit by landslides and flood.  

Tens of thousands of Nepalese are still living in tents following the last year’s devastating earthquakes that killed nearly 9,000 people. Meanwhile many highways have been obstructed and many houses are swept away because of heavy rainfall, flood and landslides. The Ministry of Home Affairs, however, said on Wednesday evening that 66 people are confirmed dead and death toll is increasing hour after hour. Children, pregnant women and old aged people are facing different health related problems and having difficulties for health facilities and treatment because of the swollen rivers inside the communities.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the government to immediately vacate the settlements at risk of landslides and floods in various parts of the country.  It has also asked the government to give top priority to pregnant women, children and elderly citizens while carrying out rescue work in the floods and landslides affected areas.   Issuing a press statement Wednesday, the NHRC has stated that its serious attention has been drawn toward the huge loss of life and property in various parts of the country by landslides and floods (Kathmandupost, 2016). 

“Even worse is the condition of pregnant women. As their delivery date is fast approaching, they do not know what to do,” said Krish Yadav, a Rampura Malahaniya youth. Many of those villages have been inundated. Yadav has urged District Public Health Office Chief Bijaya Jha to deploy health workers as many children and elderly people are suffering from fever, cough and vomiting, among other problems (Thehimalayantimes, 2016).

Case Study on Previous Government Relief

Hundreds of families who were displaced by the Bheri river floods in 2014 in Surkhet are still living in makeshift shelters, awaiting the government aid to purchase land and build homes. The floods had displaced 832 families and killed 115 people.

Following the disaster, the government had pledged Rs 125,000 each to the families who lost both their land and homes and Rs 75,000 each to the ones who only lost their homes in the disaster. The money was supposed to be distributed in two instalments.

More than 200 families have not received a rupee of the aid that was promised, and most of the families who did spent it to fulfil their daily necessities, added Regmi.

About 162 flood-displaced families have been living in temporary shelters in Girighat, Taranga, Tikhakuna, Masina and Birendranagar areas as they have no place else to go. Others have moved to their previous settlements, knowing the danger of flood.

Lalitjung Shahi, one of the flood displaced, said he and his family have already spent two years in a small bamboo and plastic-sheeted hut. He does not know how long they will have to live there.

District Administrative Officer Hit Prasad Paudel said the office does not have sufficient budget to help the flood-displaced families

(Source: The Kathmandu Post Daily, 21 June 2016).

Lawmakers speaking in the Parliament on Tuesday urged the government to rescue victims of flooding in the Terai and provide relief to them. They pointed that there’s the risk of diarrhoea afflicting people living in inundated areas due to contaminated water. The lawmakers demanded free treatment for the victims. The displaced people have not even got tarpaulins, they pointed. Flooding resulting from incessant rains have rendered hundreds of families homeless in the Terai and Mid-Hills (onlinekhabar, 2016).

Latest Update

The latest update by the Ministry of Home Affairs says that as many as 66 persons died while 15 went missing and 31 got injured in the floods and landslides caused by the torrential rainfall across the country. Among those killed in the disaster, 31 are from Pyuthan, seven from Gulmi, six from Baglung, four each from Palpa and Rolpa, three from Makwanpur, two each from Arghakhanchi, Jhapa and Rupandehi, and one each from Kathmmandu, Dolakha, Sarlahi, Parbat and Udayapur district.

As many as 76 houses have been fully damaged.

The number of injured come from Gulmi (9), Pythan and Banke (3 each), Kathmandu (2), Sunari, Baglung, Dolakha, Arghakhnachi, Sindhupalchowk and Rupandehi (one each).

Similarly, five persons have been disappearing from Pyuthan, two each from Arghakhanchi and Gulmi, and one each from Sunsari, Saptari, Jhapa, Dang, Kaski and Kapilvastu.

However, the death toll is increasing as lost people are found dead.

 {Source: Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS), National News Agency of Nepal}

Following criticism from various quarters, the central disaster relief committee under the Ministry of Home Affairs held a meeting on Wednesday and directed the security agencies and the district administration offices in all districts to do all to make search, rescue and relief operations effective in the areas hit by landslides and floods (myrepublica, 2016).  “There is a need of adequate fund to make disaster management more effective by expediting rescue, relief and rehabilitation of affected families. At the same time, funds are also required to strengthen efforts to minimise the risks in coming days. Coordination among all the concerned stakeholders including local authorities, communities, security agencies and development partners is crucial at this time,” said Baburam Bhandari, chief of National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) (Kathmandupost, 2016). 

Scores of houses and some bridges have been swept away in several parts of the country as continual rains have swelled rivers, posing a threat of massive flooding and causing panic among the local population. Thousands of people have been displaced and hundreds of houses have been soaked after floodwaters entered into their settlements. WFN really senses greatest gloomy on such a havoc situation of Nepalese people one after another led by earthquake and blockade. We are searching for a ground to support the victims from flood and landslides in different districts as frequency of natural disasters really confirmed to strengthen the coordination of humanitarian assistance

WFN family would like to convey our heartfelt condolences to the people who are undergoing the tragic and traumatic experiences due to the loss of people and property.

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WOMEN’S FOUNDATION NEPAL proudly announce that our 5 particpated children got successfully selected for the semi final in dance competation organised by R&R rhythm entertainment named‪#‎Stage_of_school_dance‬. Thank you very much for all of your support. This would not possible without your uncondtional love and support. Your vote became their strength to be in this position. They need your support to win upcoming semi finale to reach to finale. We want our children to win the crown. Keep supporting our children.

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Honour From Nation National Woman Commission

We, WFN team are really pleased and proud to receive this great honour from Nation National Woman Commission. WFN along with other three people was awarded for their contribution in different sector. This award is very meaningful to us – not only because it recognizes our work, but especially because it adds a huge responsibility on our steps. It has further encouraged us to continue to help women and children in Nepal who are victims of violence, abuse, poverty and survivor of natural disaster.

We would like to acknowledge the incredible support we have been receiving from all those around us, sponsors, supporters, partner and all the women and children who have always remain in our heart.  

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Micro-credit Program in Bhaktapur and Kavre

WFN started training women in our micro credit program in two districts: Bhaktapur and Kavre. The women receivedagriculture training, allowing them to be more productive small farmers. There are 30 people participating in the training.  It includes animal husbandry and vegetable farming training and is taught by experts in the field. The training will last for 7 days. The participating women believe that this type of training will help them increase their household income. Small farming is a traditional way of living for women in the rural areas of Nepal, and this training will add more proficiency so that the women can make more profit.

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Success!!! Court case in favor of woman after nine months

Rupa Gupta (name changed) has been sheltering with WFN since last 9 months. She is the wife of a former Minister for Law and Justice; recently he is a Member of Parliament in Nepal, a responsible person who is drafting the law for the country.   Rupa, even though she is the wife of a high profile family and is educated herself, became a survivor of domestic violence. Her husband denies to staying together because Rupa’s parents could not able to provide a car, brand name Scorpio, on her behalf as a dowry. Finally, after much pain and struggle she went to the National Women Commission, Nepal to get legal support and fight for justice with her husband Naresh K. Gupta (name changed). National Women Commission recommended her to give shelter in our office, WFN examined the case and decided to support her in every way which we could.  It is so shameful that one man who was became Law and Justice Minister has been brought to a court for violating the rule and regulations of the country and was supposed to uphold. We kept Rupa in the shelter with her son to keep them safe so she can get her legal right. In between, her husband made various threats to us but we ignored while we kept helping her. As a result, she won her first case from the Court and able to get half of the remuneration of her husband from the Parliament of Nepal. Now she is very happy to restart her life with her 4 year’s little son. When she won the case and shared this with her little boy he was so happy and innocently said, “Mama, now we are going to celebrate my birthday with lots of gifts and chocolates”. This emotional moment was moving not only to Rupa, but for our whole team. We felt so glad that she got justice in her initial case from the court. She is going to file another one case in the court; we hope she will win that another case, too.U


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