Sexual exploitation of women in Kathmandu

Early Childhood Development | Protection from Violence 2013-2023

Help for women victims of sexual exploitation 

An estimated 50,000 young women are at high risk of sexual and economic exploitation in Kathmandu. Many of them have children at great risk.

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The context

Nepalese society is still very patriarchal and unequal (caste system, dowry, tradition that wants a girl, once married, belong to her in-laws ...). 

Women and girls are exposed to multiple forms of violence: Sexual exploitation, human trafficking, harassment, rape, forced marriages, and difficulties in accessing property and income; early marriage is widespread.

Following the 2015 earthquake, Nepal has faced numerous displacements of populations. In Kathmandu, poorly educated women and girls have been forced to accept risky jobs where they are mistreated (in cabarets, karaoke restaurants, massage centers, ...) and for which their wages are often confiscated. 

Some of these areas do not only prostitute these young women, but also sell them and become hubs for human trafficking.  

From 2010 to 2018, Planète Enfants & Développement managed a shelter and rehabilitation center for sexually exploited and laboring girls and women in Kathmandu. This project found that more than half of the young women targeted had young children left on their own or taken to their mother's workplace, prey to all forms of physical and moral violence and subject to behavioral disorders. 

> To go further : Tribune on human trafficking in Nepal, by Stéphanie Selle (PE&D Cambodia Director)

How is your donation used?

For every 100€ collected by Planète Enfants & Développement, 85€ are dedicated to our social mission.

Our projects are evaluated by independent firms. And our accounts are audited and certified each year by KPMG.

million women victims of modern slavery in the world

million children/year are trafficked to India

young girls undergo prostitution in Kathmandu

The project

The "kindergarten of hope"

In 2013, Planète Enfants & Développement decided to create a kindergarten to protect and educate the children of these sexually exploited women in Kathmandu.

Since 2017, the preschool has been located in the city's bus station area, Gongabu, where the institutions that employ them are numerous.

In addition to the conventional school program, the children receive a balanced diet and medical care. The school monitors their growth and provides them with hygiene care, regular check-ups and medical treatment.

This school is a gateway to the public school system.

In 2020, the "Kindergaten of Hope", which welcomes 43 children (27 girls and 16 boys) in a protective and playful environment, proposed a virtual class of 1 hour per day to compensate for the closure of schools (due to Covid-19).

Supporting mothers is essential for the well-being of children

Mothers are trained in basic parenting, hygiene, nutrition and care. 

They have access to a social permanence in the kindergarten.

The team of our partner Child Nepal, trained in the problems faced by these women, provides them with the necessary support to change their livelihood and leave the sector where they are exploited (training, access to savings groups, support in setting up income-generating activities).

Men's commitment to ending violence against women

At the same time, in the Tokha commune of Kathmandu, the so-called "role models" we trained on gender equality and gender-based violence organized workshops to sensitize their peers on these issues.

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Our partners in the field

Child Nepal:

NGO established in 2003 to support children's rights. Since 2017, we have been cooperating on the pre-school and parenting support component in Kathmandu.

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