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12 07, 2018

Recognising The Contributions Of Women And Local Communities Is Required To Achieve The SDGs In Nepal

2018-07-12T17:06:05-04:00Tags: |

This report uplifts the contributions, concerns, and needs of rural women’s collectives and local community groups in achieving Nepal’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were excluded from the national activities and progress reports on the SDGs. Women’s leadership has been essential in cultivating inclusive and participatory systems for natural resource management.  Specifically, women are playing a critical role in community forest user groups—which include both on-the-land work and strategic discussions of women entrepreneurship and gender mainstreaming- to help protect forests, watersheds, wetlands, and cultural resources across rural Nepal. The report thus concludes that women’s groups play a critical role, now more than ever, in achieving the SDGs and strengthening social welfare systems. Photo Credit: FECOFUN

3 06, 2017

From Leading An Enterprise To Leading The People: The Political Rise Of Gita Pariyar

2017-10-23T19:48:16-04:00Tags: |

Gita Pariyar is a formidable leader in Nepal. As a local business owner, community health worker, and ward member, Pariyar is committed to helping her community in Taklung, Gorkha District, through access to clean technologies, such as cookstoves and solar products. She is also a part of the Dalit caste, often called the “untouchables,” and dedicates her work to transforming perceptions of caste members and empowering other Dalit women. Photo credit: Empower Generation

25 04, 2017

Women Vulnerable To Human Trafficking Two Years After Nepal Earthquake

2017-10-25T22:59:14-04:00Tags: |

Two years after the devastating 2015 earthquake in Nepal, women across the country are still experiencing extreme vulnerability to threats including infectious disease, food and water issues, sexual abuse and human trafficking. Sita Kumal describes how she became caught in this difficult situation, and others tell of the terrible consequences the cataclysm has had on their lives in a country struggling to rebuild. Photo credit: Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar

21 03, 2017

Can Solar Pumps Give Nepal’s Women Farmers A Brighter Future?

2017-09-28T17:45:06-04:00Tags: |

Many families in Nepal struggle to grow crops during the dry season, in spite of available underground water resources. The Water Lands and Ecosystems CGIAR research programme examined the possibility of creating solar pumps to enable farmers to access the groundwater. Many women farmers benefited took advantage of the benefits of the project, which aims at expanding its reach to other rural areas. Photo credit: Thomas Reuters Foundation

1 02, 2017

Two Friends, One Mission: Access To Clean Technology In Gorkha

2017-10-23T19:45:19-04:00Tags: |

Gita Pariyar and Danu Ale are co-CEOs of the business Ashmita and Laxmi Saurya Urjah and Traders, bringing solar power to the remote villages of Nepal’s Gorkha District, which was acutely impacted by the 2015 earthquake. Part of the Dalit and Indigenous Magar castes, respectively, Pariyar and Ale face extreme discrimination and low standards of living, yet they are dedicated to empowering the women in their communities through access to health care, employment, and electricity. Photo credit: Empower Generation

11 07, 2016

Unpacking Migration And Gender In Nepal’s Community Forests

2017-10-04T21:58:34-04:00Tags: |

Bimbika Sijapati Basnett, a research scientist for the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), has unveiled some potentially harmful outcomes for rural women as the Nepalese government refuses to recognize the role of migration in its national forestry policies. In rural communities of Nepal, nearly 94% of men migrate abroad in search of work, leaving care of the community forests to the women left behind. This transfer of responsibility has been found to either empower or burden women, depending on other sociological pressures such as caste and age. By recognizing the role of migration in its forestry policy, Sijapati hopes that federal policies can be shaped to better the livelihoods of women across Nepal considering their differing economic and social backgrounds. Photo credit: Stephen Bugno

13 04, 2016

From Where I Stand: Sita Shrestha

2017-09-03T20:36:55-04:00Tags: |

Long treks and hours dedicated to fetching water for her family have long characterized Sita Shrestha’s life in Chiluane, Nepal. The aftermath of the devastating 2015 earthquake led to the mysterious disappearance of many water springs in Shrestha’s village. With the last remaining water spout in danger of complete contamination and or drying up, Sita harnessed the power of community organizing to work with villagers to improve the conditions of the remaining spout. Photo credit: UN Women/N. Shrestha

1 01, 2016

Empower Generation: Nepal’s Clean Energy Entrepreneurs

2017-10-24T19:42:20-04:00Tags: |

With support from Empower Generation, grassroots women are leading a clean energy revolution in Nepal. Women including Sita Adhikari, Pabitra Aryal, and Lalita Chaudhari are CEOs of local solar enterprises which sell products ranging from solar lamps to mobile chargers. Already active community members, these women have expanded their role by helping to bring electricity to their energy-poor villages. Photo credit: Empower Generation

25 02, 2015

Nepal’s Women Of The Terai Arc Become Forest Conservationists

2017-07-11T17:13:49-04:00Tags: |

Women in Nepal are increasingly taking charge of the conservation of forests on which their livelihoods and communities depend. The women work in community forest user groups, where they learn how to restore overused or otherwise threatened forests, and also sustainably harvest wood to use in their homes or to sell in markets. Photo credit: James Morgan for WWF  

26 01, 2015

Alina Saba On Climate Justice

2017-10-26T17:57:22-04:00Tags: |

Alina is a young Limbu Indigenous woman with a passion for Indigenous women’s rights and climate justice. Saba works with Indigenous communities in midwestern Nepal where the impact of climate change is strong. The Mugu district is lacking fresh water, electricity and even road infrastructure. She explains that Indigenous women are protectors of the Earth and one of their main responsibilities is to provide their family with food but due to climate change their role has become more challenging. Photo credit: Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development

15 01, 2015

Limbu Indigenous Woman Alina Saba On Climate Justice

2017-10-01T16:27:27-04:00Tags: |

As a researcher with the Mugal Women’s Upliftment Institute, Saba works with an Indigenous community in midwestern Nepal already feeling the impact of a changing climate. The Mugu district is one of the least developed and most isolated in Nepal, lacking health services, fresh water, electricity and even road infrastructure. Successive crop failures have led to an acute food crisis for several years. Photo credit: Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development

27 10, 2014

Young Indigenous Nepalese Woman To Speak At the UN Climate Summit

2017-10-27T12:10:33-04:00Tags: |

Alina Saba, a young woman from the Indigenous Limbu community of eastern Nepal, spoke at the UN Climate Summit on 23 September, 2014. She discussed the destructive impacts  of climate change affecting Indigenous women in least developed countries like Nepal. Along with that, she explored common problems with  mainstream development paradigms and their impact on marginalized women, and suggested ways in which advocates can center women in climate solutions. Photo credit: Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development

27 10, 2014

Those Who Own Little, Live On Little Carry Highest Burden Of Climate Change

2017-10-31T16:22:47-04:00Tags: |

Alina Saba, a Limbu Indigenous woman from Nepal, was one of four candidates selected by United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service to speak at the UN Climate Summit in 2014. She was surprised to see kind of disparity between the developed world and developing world as soon as she entered New York City. Unfortunately, women comprise 70% of the world’s poor and contribute the least to climate change, yet they are facing the brunt of climate impacts. Even so, Saba has hope that locally-driven equitable systems for creating sustainable world (which require funding from stakeholders) can promote gender equality. Photo credit: Alina Saba

26 09, 2014

Mugal Women On What Climate Change Means For Indigenous People

2017-07-17T17:46:37-04:00Tags: |

The impacts of climate change, from melting glaciers to changing monsoons, have damaged crops and added to the daily work burdens of the Indigenous Mugal women of Nepal. Alina Saba of the Mugal Indigenous Women Upliftment Institute has worked for several years to document the impacts of climate change on Indigenous women through participatory action research, which facilitates women’s empowerment in both local and international advocacy for climate adaptation in their communities. Photo credit: Toma Lama

9 01, 2013

Women’s Voices In Nepal – Stories Of Climate Change

2017-10-08T23:08:30-04:00Tags: |

This video by IWMI Media was filmed in November 2012 at the Thadhi Jhijha VDC, Dhanusha District, in Nepal. It shows women discussing their activities during the calendar year based on climate change. Nepalese women Sabitri Sah speaks about the effects of climate change in crops and food production in the lives of her community, while Dhanmanti Prahdan comments on the droughts in the region, the difficulty to get water, and the impacts on the agriculture. Photo credit: IWMI Media

15 06, 2012

Nepal’s Female Farmers Fear Climate Change

2017-08-22T09:42:44-04:00Tags: |

Nepal is among the world’s most climate-vulnerable countries, and the drain of male labor to India means the burden of dealing with climate change often falls on female farmers. Extreme weather results in water shortage, poor quality of soil, and crop disease, and the country is still suffering from acute food insecurity from the drought in 2008. Community organizations are training women farmers to collect and preserve local seed varieties and sell them to other female farmers at subsidized rates. Women are now taking over the project and training community members in climate adaptation. Photo credit: Inter Press Service News Agency

18 05, 2012

Women Convert Solid Waste Into Bio-Gas In Nepal

2017-10-01T18:00:53-04:00Tags: |

It was 1992 when sixteen women gathered in Kathmandu to create the Women’s Committee for the Preservation of the Environment (WEPCO). The organization works to recycle solid waste via community composting, paper recycling and the production of bio-gas, while providing employment opportunities for the community.