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Nepal: Empowering women

Would you like to improve the future for women in rural Nepal?


Help women from poor communities and minority groups build a better future.

Just a few pounds can help open up a world of opportunities for women in rural Nepal and tackle inequality in the home and local communities.

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Your donation can do something brilliant

You'll be helping women like Amrita Shahi from Surkhet, in mid-west Nepal. She faced massive discrimination from male members when she tried to join her local Water Users Committee. Knowing she had little education, they told her that she had to speak English to join, which was untrue. But after going to an Oxfam Community Discussion Group she improved her literacy and self-confidence and gained leadership skills.

She is now leader of the Water Users Committee, which has also helped her become a candidate for the national parliament. As she says modestly: "Since women understand the importance of local water supplies so well, it is likely that they would also manage them better."

What your money can buy

£15 could enable a woman to join a group to increase her confidence, self-esteem and awareness of her rights

£30 is enough to raise awareness of women's rights and gender equality among 10 people through public gatherings and communication materials

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Sharing her experiences in the Community Discussion Group enabled Amrita Shahi to lead a local decision-making body and to be recommended as a potential parliamentary candidate in 2013.

A bit of background

Women's role in Nepalese society is limited. Girls are not encouraged to attend school, opportunities for women to earn a living are restricted, they can't easily get credit and have little or no influence on important decisions either nationally or locally. This discrimination contributes to the high levels of poverty in rural areas.

Things are changing very gradually, but alongside any new responsibilities women are still expected to run the home and take care of the family. And despite Nepal's constitution supporting women's equality the legislation is poorly implemented and often ignored. 

How we're helping

This project will develop women's leadership and increase their participation and influence in local decision-making through 90 community discussion groups. This will give 2,000 women from poor families or minority groups the chance to improve their lives. With support from trained facilitators, the groups enable women to devise action plans to tackle important issues affecting them.

These groups help to empower women and raise their self-esteem. They give women more confidence to get involved in domestic, community and political decision-making and to demand equal rights, education and opportunities. Men and other family members are also being trained to help promote gender equality and improve relations in their homes and communities.

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Look how far your money can go

However much you can afford, your donation will really change lives. Just ask the people we've already helped.

For more than 30 years, Tika Darlami stayed in the home doing housework.

 "I thought that I couldn't do anything else because I was illiterate. Now after community discussion classes, I feel like a new woman! We learned to write, how to take part in discussions and how to participate in management committees. Now I feel that women can do any type of work, not just housework.

And it's a change that's been felt throughout Tika's community.

 If you had come here five years ago, you wouldn't have seen community work led by women - just men. We would have been confined to the home and kitchen. Now we are free from household work to see the outside world. Even men like my husband believe in empowering women thanks to Oxfam.