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Women Empowerment Program

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Introduction: VIN offers four major projects within the Women Empowerment Program: Education, Rights and Life Skills, Microcredit Cooperative Support, Income Generation & Marketing, and Women’s Trafficking Prevention. Nepali women are born into a patriarchal society.  In all cases women’s rights are subordinate to those of men.  Married early, with little or no education, no land rights or independent income, women are a voiceless section of society, dependent on men for their welfare and bearing the continued weight of cultural and social discrimination and violence against them. If a woman does not feel safe within a society then she cannot be empowered within it.  The threat of violence towards women is a pervasive and unmanaged threat in Nepali society.  Women face domestic violence, often unreported, or violence through organized trafficking of young girls sold for sex across Asia. If a woman does not feel safe within a society then she cannot be empowered within it.

Women’s empowerment is central to the empowerment and prosperity of a community.  While the Nepali Government, the United Nations (UN) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have made some impact in relation to women’s needs, there are still significant problems that need to be overcome.    

HealthAccording to the United Nations, Nepalese women remain at the lower end of the scale of the Human Development Index (HDI) and the Gender Inequality Index (GII) in South Asia. The general immunisation, health, and nutrition situation of women in Nepal remains very poor, particularly in rural areas. Statistics show that one out of every 24 Nepali women will die during pregnancy or child birth, making reproductive health care a major focus of intervention.

 

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