The Women’s Foundation: The rain-triggered disasters have caused havoc across the country killing at least 65 persons (24 women and 41 male), 30 gone missing (12 Female & 18 male) and 38 are injured due to floods and landslides triggered by the continual rain for the past few days in eastern and central parts of the country and 1446 persons are rescued.

The details updated data upto 7 am, 15th July 2019 revealed by the Home Ministry of Nepal Government as:

Kathmandu/Patan/Bhaktapur

·         8 Death (3 Female & 5 Male)

·         5 injured (1 Female & 4 Male)

·         2 Missing (1 Female & 1 Male)

·         347 Rescued                                                               

Province 1

·         20 Death (7 Female & 13 Male)

·         16 injured (8 Female & 8 Male)

·         8 Missing (3 Female & 5 Male)

·         12 Rescued                                                               

Province 2

·         18 Death (2 Female & 16 Male)

·         5 injured (3 Female & 2 Male)

·         5 Missing (1 Female & 4 Male)

·         827 Rescued                                                               

Province 3

·         15 Death (11 Female & 4 Male)

·         12 injured (5 Female & 7 Male)

·         5 Missing (1 Female & 4 Male)

·         258 Rescued                                                               

Province 5

·         2 Death (0 Female & 2 Male)

·         1 Missing (0 Female & 1 Male)

Province 6

·         2 Death (1 Female & 1 Male)

·         1 Missing (0 Female & 1 Male)

·         2 Rescued                                                               

 

Concerned authorities, local people and volunteers had supported in rescuing the flood and landslide victims; and have put their efforts to rescue those missing. The affected areas has been disrupted in many ways as the electricity poles were swept away, houses are filled with water, livestock and crops are swept away and living under the fear.

80% land of the province 2 is submerged under water and millions of people are living under tarpaulin without food, drinking water, electricity, communication, transportation and all other facilities. The local people are outraged because of the government has been taking a snail’s pace approach to tackle the crisis. Every year the lack of disaster preparation results in this kind of situation as loosing many lives of people, livestock and agricultural land. In the present context, we have three levels of government (federal, provincial and local), however the lack of coordination for quick rescue and relief of people hit by calamities is really making people very sad. Also, there might occur serious problems as water borne infections, encephalitis, snakebites and other fatal diseases. In the affected areas, the situation for the children, aging people and women are in very worst situation and concerned authorities should focus on serving these section of population.

The cabinet of Nepal Government has decided to provide the relief and rehabilitation to the victims only after getting the official statistics. The government’s efforts for the immediate rescue of flood and landslide victims across the country and relief for the affected has failed to impress them. According to the Flood Forecasting Section, water level in the major rivers is coming down. The section, however, has warned people to remain alert, as it is still raining in the different parts of the country and weather is not clear as rainfall is likely to continue till. 

 

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News Update: Shoe-Making Training for Women

Inclusive and sustainable development around the world -leaving no one behind- is the overarching vision of the UN’s 2030 Agenda. However, it is very miserable that women have low income in comparison to men and low status in Nepal. Additionally, social stigma and barriers are making the situation tougher.  By providing skill trainings to women, it would help them to be economically empowered and self-dependent. After this training, the women could get proper job or even they could start their own business.

Renu Sharma, President of Women’s Foundation exclaimed, “If women possess the skills, the world would be in their hand.”

Through the combined efforts with the support of Rotary Club of Healesville – Australia, the Women’s Foundation has organized the 3 months shoe making training for women which is aimed at increasing women’s access to skill for improving their financial independence, employment opportunities and aiming to boost their quality of life. The training was started from 26th March 2019 and would end in 25th June 2019.

There are in total 17 participants selected for this program instead it was proposed for 10 beneficiaries. However, more participants demanded for the training and our board had decided to provide the same training for more women. Except 17 participants, more women were interested to join the training but we do not have capacity to provide for more women. Up to the date, the beneficiaries are able to:

  • Cut and paste the materials
  • Making upper part of the shoe
  • Fixing the golden lace for the border of shoe
  • Sewing the borders of the shoes
  • Measuring, Cutting and Pasting sole
  • Fixing heel of shoes
  • Making plain shoes with golden lace
  • At present, learning designs and embroider for making designed shoes

We believe, this training would help the women to develop their skills and empower them economically. Creating such opportunities and environment reduces gender inequality and shapes women’s choices of occupations, jobs and places of work.

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After a powerful windstorm hit southern Nepal at the end of March, at least 31 were confirmed dead, hundreds injured and thousands more left without food, water and shelter.

In response to the storm, The Women’s Foundation sent its team led by Geeta Neupane and Smirti Kharel to Kailia, Bara District, one of the worst hit places.

The Foundation distributed supplies to 512 families. The aid was primarily focused on women and children.

For women, the relief bags contained Saris and sanitary products like soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes.  The supplies for children were distributed in school bags that can be reused for their schoolwork. Each of the school bags contained a notebook, pencil, sharpener, and eraser. All of these items were asked for by local responders co-ordinating relief measures.

However, The Women’s Foundation’s relief efforts will not end with the supply bags; we continue to assess the situation and will give continued support as needed.“The Women’s Foundation is committed to be among the first responders in providing supplies to disaster hit areas,” said Renuka Sharma, the President of the Women’s Foundation.

This is just the beginning of a long journey ahead for the displaced people of Bara District. The Women’s Foundation is committed to be ready to support any emergency and work with every relief organization on the front line.

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Renuka Upreti has been awarded with ‘Prabal Jana Sewa Shree’ Medal

Ms.Renuka Upreti, President of The Women’s Foundation of Nepal, was conferred with Prabal Jana Sewa Shree medal by Rt. Honourable President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, Mrs.Bidya Devi Bhandari. The award was conferred in recognition for her exemplary contributions to the nation of Nepal.

The honour was awarded in the presence of Nepal’s Vice-President, Prime Minister, Speaker of the House, Chairperson of the National Assembly, Deputy-Prime Minister, Ministers, Chief of the Constitutional Bodies and other VIPs.

It is one of the highest civilian awards of Nepal. It is awarded to personalities from different walks of life in recognition of their contribution to the country.

The announcement was made on Constitution Day last year. The award was presented at a special ceremony organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs at the Office of the President, Sheetal Niwas.

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International Women’s Day March 8, 2019

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Women’s Foundation of Nepal attended to a rally in Kathmandu in co-ordination with other different organization, with the purpose of visualizing the fight for women’s fundamental rights.

The peaceful demonstration took place at Ratna Park, Bhrikuti mandap  and was leaded by Women’s Foundation president Renu Sharma, former President Tara Upreti, General Secretary Kamala Upreti together with other feminist activists from different areas and collectives.

During the event, big banners with clear demands could be seen, making special emphasis on women empowerment, gender equality and on how efforts must be joined in order to have a real impact on Nepalese women’s life.

Likewise, girls from different ages showed slogans that called to stop all kind of violence towards women and protested for a more equal society in which men and women have the same opportunities.

After the demonstration, a formal act was held at the City Hall with the attendance of the President of Nepal Honorable Mrs. Bidhya Devi Bhandari and other authorities..

The events held last Friday in Kathmandu were the evidence that Nepal moves step by step towards an inevitably more equal society. However, big changes remain to be done and from women’s organizations we will keep fighting towards this goal in order to inspire our local environment and to achieve a real improvement for the future generations.

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Opening Ceremony of Screen Print Training

On February 18th, the Women’s Foundation proudly organized Screen Print Training for women. The essence of this project was realized before and organized through a supportive co-operation with the GLS Future Foundation for Development, Germany. The opening ceremony was inaugurated by the Honorable GiriRaj Mani Pokhrel , Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in co-operation with GLS Future Foundation for Development along with the great presence of the following guests:

  1. Honorable Pabitra Niraula kharel , International Relation Committee President,
  2. Honorable Bijaya K.C (A member of Provincial Assembly , 3 )
  3. Honorable Tenjing Norge (A member of Provincial Assembly , 3 )
  4. Shanti Nepal ( Deputy Mayor of Gokarneshwor Municipality )
  5. Krishna Prasad Chaulagain ( Ward chairman, Melamchi municipality 1 )
  6. Pradip Pokhrel ( Chairman of Election Observation Committee Nepal )
  7. Krishna Subedi ( Chairman of Child Right Committee Nepal )
  8. Devika Nanda Timalsina ( Human Right Activist )
  9. Jagadish Prasad Adhikari( chairman of DHRC, Nepal )
  10. Gha Man singh Tamang ( Human Right Activist ) 
  11. Sita Pokhrel ( Former member of Constituent Assembly )

Screen Print Training has been started to build lasting solution to poverty and unemployment by securing economic sustainability for Nepalese women. Secondly, this training will make them independent and self-sustained to make their future better. The key of success of this project is to develop a new generation of women with better opportunity for sustaining their life.

We focused this program for the long-term needs for obtaining economic empowerment, so that women can provide for themselves and their families. Additionally, the program will impart knowledge and skill on screen printing technology so that the beneficiaries could be able to earn for their better livelihood in the coming days.

We are pleased to share that the distinguished guest Dr. Annette Massmann to honor us with her presence. We would like to thank our special guests Vanessa , Ursula , and Monika.  Special Thanks to Former President of WFN Tara Upreti, President of WFN Renu Sharma, General Secretary Kamala Upreti, Devendra Parajuli, Program Supervisor WFN.

Moreover, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for all who have directly and indirectly contributed for the success of program.  Many people, both local and international, attended the ceremony and enjoyed the many speakers who emphasized the importance of women’s education and opportunities in our society. We are happy to be able to contribute to this important cause. Through this screen print school, we aim to provide an arena where women can gain skills and new knowledge that may benefit their job opportunities in the future.

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News: On 24th August 2018, the women’s Foundation Nepal had the immense pleasure of releasing a booklet named “Kanuni Sandesh Pustika (Legal Information Booklet)” and distributing Stickers and hand bags following the amended laws that helped push through for the rights of women and children in Nepal. 

The standout changes are that for the first time ever, children can now get citizenship through their mothers too. This is life changing for many individuals whose fathers were absent and hence, could not receive a citizenship. Also, there are now equal inheritance rights for women and men, and stronger punishment for domestic violence, witch hunting and human trafficking. 

The program was focused on information dissemination and sharing with the Local Representatives and specially focused on Deputy Mayors who have the rights to implement and amend the legal provision justly for the women and children in their concerned metropolitan cities, municipalities and rural municipalities. The chief guest of the program was Ms. Sashikala Dahal, Vice-chair of the National Assembly and followed by the special guests Mr. Rameshwor Phuyal, Provincial Assembly member and Mr.Chiring Dorze, Provincial Assembly member. The program has many guests as deputy Mayors from Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur districts along with Human Right Activists, Women and Children Activists and Media Personalities.

Also, two papers were presented during the program by Prof. Dr. Sashi Adhikari on “New Family Legal Provision including Marriage, Divorce, Property Rights and more” and Advocate Mr. Saroj Nepal on “Domestic Violence Law”.

The book release, as well as the law changes it celebrates, mark an important time in the history of Nepal, where misogynistic laws are broken down. Women’s voices are heard and empowered in society, and the great reception of our event makes us proud to fight for women’s rights in Nepal. Still there are many legal provisions that should be amended and the local representatives makes commitment to work for the implementation of just rights for women and children during the program. Also, they promised to discuss the issue in their assembly meeting for the amendment of the new legal provisions that is needed to be amended. We hope the hurdles would be eliminated in the future.

We would like to thank ADHARA Foundation Family, different organizations and all the participants from different nook of the country for making a program successful.

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Outstanding 10th Grade SEE Graduation – Congratulations to all!

 
The school Bipul Shikshya Niketan organised a farewell program for the SEE (secondary education examination) graduation, and we are delighted that our children living in the shelter home have graduated with flying colors. Their hard work shows in their grades, and we are sure that their further studies will be successful.
 
The students have left the school and enrolled in a college for grade 11. IMG_0236
The WFN wishes them all the best for IMG_0045 their future, and congratulations to all the graduates!
 
Geeta, Riju, Samjhana, Swostika, Prazu, Prakriti and Dilara; You have made us proud!
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Celebrating the Festival of Color at Shelter Home

Holi (also known as Phagwah or Bhojpuri) is celebrated on the Phalgun Purnima (or Pooranmashi, Full Moon) in the month of Phalgun according to the Hindu Calendar.It lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon day). The first evening is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi and the following day as Holi, Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi, or Phagwah.The word Holi is derived from the word ‘Holika’, who was the demonic sister of King Hiranyakashipu and was burned to death with the help of Vishnu. Since then, Holi is commemorated as the festival of love. Holi marks the passing of winter and beginning of spring and is celebrated each year around the vernal equinox, the first day of the new season on the astronomical calendar. Generally, it falls between February and March. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships.
Holi frolic and celebrations begin the morning after the Holika bonfire. There is no tradition of holding puja (prayer), and the day is for partying and pure enjoyment. Children and young people form groups armed with dry colours, coloured solution and water guns (pichkaris), water balloons filled with coloured water, and other creative means to colour their targets. Everyone in open areas such as streets and parks is game, but inside homes or at doorways only dry powder is used to smear each other’s face. People throw colours and get their targets completely coloured up. It is like a water fight, but with coloured water. People take delight in spraying coloured water on each other. By late morning, everyone looks like a canvas of colours. This is why Holi is given the name “Festival of Colours”. It’s that time of the year when the streets are filled with colour-smeared people who greet each other with a dash of pink, yellow and green. Yes! It’s the festival of colours .Here is the celebration pictures of Holi at the Women’s Foundation. May God paint the canvas of your life with the colours of joy, love, happiness, prosperity, good health and success. Wishing you a happy Holi!

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