The Women's Foundation runs many programs throughout Nepal that are linked together to form a network that can help women out of crisis situations from the beginning of their recovery to the end. Some programs reach women in an isolated way, or help to fulfill very specific needs, while others are one step in a long process. We'd like to emphasize that it is not the individual programs, but the interaction between them that is the heart of WF work.
The areas in which WF works, can be broken down into the following inter-related topics:
Women and Children's Shelter and Related Programs
Surabhi Health Clinic & Mobile Health Clinics
Skill Training Programs
Legal Assistance and Counselling
Lobbying and Networking
AND A PATTERN OF DISAPPEARANCES
The conflict between the Maoists and
Government has entered its ninth year. A disturbing pattern is emerging
whereby people are arrested and information as to their whereabouts is withheld
from their families. While atrocities are being committed by both sides,
the disappearance of people is predominantly being committed by the police and
Disappearance is perhaps the most traumatic form of torture in that it causes severe agony and untold suffering for the families left behind, who live in constant hope and despair. WF conducted interviews with 11 women, whose husbands or sons had disappeared at the hands of either the Maoists or the Government, to compile a paper which was submitted to a United Nations Delegation into the “Impact of Disappearances on Women”. The paper was drafted as part of WF’s contribution to a network of 20 NGO's, Human Rights Organizations and community groups, coordinated by HUDEP Nepal. The network was formed to lobby the conflicting parties to make genuine efforts to uphold the human rights of people. The paper served to express the trauma experienced by these women in the hope that the International Community will play a stronger role in demanding that both sides conform to international conventions governing human rights.
Click here to view the paper in pdf format.
WITCH HUNTING AWARENESS
Witch Hunting is one of the grossest atrocities in Nepal born out of a superstitious belief which begins with accusations, leads to torture , and often ends in the murder of voiceless women. The Women's Foundation was the first NGO to develop a Witch-hunting education program to raise awareness at the community and national level about this issue and to educate communities and leaders about the horrors of such a practice.
The Witch-hunting education program has been extremely successful in raising awareness about the issue, with newspapers now publishing articles about incidents and radios discussing the issue. There is still work to do, women are still being harassed and physically attacked attacked and still there is no law against these attacks. Click here to find out more about witch-hunting.
In the winter of 1998 conducted a Research Project to investigate the situation of women in the Kailali district in the far western part of Nepal. A group of 10 women from the Women's Foundation stayed in Kailali for 2 months to undertake the study and the findings were compiled in a report which was used to raise awareness among INGO's and government about their situation. Click here to find our more about the project.
Street Theatre has proved to be a very effective tool in the delivery of messages on social issues. Street theatre takes place on street corners in Kathmandu and is also used in the villages to draw attention to and educate communities about various social issues. Click here to learn more about how WF uses street theatre for social development.