We frequently forget at some point that beyond income, the access to a professional activity could be vital for the women who are victims of violence as well as their children.
In the tiny Chepang community in Nepal (50,000 members) settled only several decades ago and extremely poor, the discrimination against women is exacerbated: only 1% of the women in Chepang can read and write, and the girls are forced into marriage from the age of 11!
Since 2015, we have worked with these groups of women in the district of Dhading to support them in their self-emancipation and to break the vicious cycle of violence and poverty.
During the past two years, at least 856 meetings of villagers have been arranged to discuss women and children rights as well as domestic violence, but also entrepreneurship, budgetary management, savings and credit.
More than 150 women have chosen to engage in a professional training or the development of an economic activity, and 18 others have been trained in the establishment of a micro-enterprise.
With a new posture in the family and the community, these mothers gain access to family budget and share the decisions concerning household with their husbands: the girls can attend schools and receive education!
November 8, 2018