I Have a Voice: Women advocating for development in Nepal | Mission East

I Have a Voice: Women advocating for development in Nepal

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The overall development objective is ‘Women´s empowerment and civil society capacity building for inclusion and development in the Karnali Zone, Nepal’.

1) Local organizations, KIRDARC and WWS are trained in gender awareness and improved community training techniques.
2) Marginalized women are empowered through; training and access to information to play an increased role in community decision making.
3) Women Development Groups and other local community groups advocate and claim their rights in the sphere of community development, focusing on the local authority Village Development Council structure. 

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The main problem this project intends to address is the weak position of women to advocate for their rights and to participate in decision making processes in their communities, which is worsened by the lack of capacity of civil society and state actors regarding the inclusion of women and gender issues in development planning.The project will prioritise the lack of capacity of civil society (including women themselves) to contribute to the empowerment of women for inclusion and development.


The reason to address this particular cause is that apart from the direct addressing of gender based injustices, women's empowerment and inclusion in development will have a multiplier effect on impact, sustainability and development as a whole in the region.

Furthermore, the target groups will be enabled to claim other rights in the future, not only from a gender perspective, but for other rights that concern the communities, with women as fundamental actors of change. This will further extending the project's multiplier effect.

In addition the project partners believe that they can have a real impact in providing solutions to these problems, through the implementation of activities which are accessible to the communities that are necessary to generate the change in the women and other stakeholders and where they have the relevant experience and trust of the communities.


The overall project strategy is to strengthen the inclusion and participation of women and marginalised groups (Dalits and people with disabilities) in community development decision making and actions.

This will be done through the capacity building and training of new and existing community groups (women groups, farmer groups, water user groups) in a Basic Rights Package, Gender Awareness and training in development process and access to community level government development funding. Training will be delivered through KIRDARC and Women’s Welfare Service (WWS) who will likewise have their capacity built by Mission East to deliver the training and mobilise the community. The participation and advocacy component will be realised through facilitating representation of women and marginalised groups towards the Village Development Councils. In order for this to be successful, VDC members also need to be trained in realising their roles and responsibilities as duty bearers. The project therefore has 3 linked components which are represented by the 3 project objectives.




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Karnali Zone, Nepal