GENDER PROGRAMMES NEPAL

Abolish Chhaupadi in Mid and Far West of Nepal

This project aims to eliminate Chhaupadi – the social practice of discrimination against girls and women during their periods – and to ensure that women and girls have access to better nutrition, social support and education, especially during their menstruation period. The major objectives of this project are to raise awareness and support from the community leaders, especially traditional healers; to empower young people, and to strengthen local organizations and government to take action against Chhaupadi. Restless Development, in partnership with PeaceWin and KIRDARC and funding partner UN Trust Fund, has been implementing the project in the Far and Mid-western region of Nepal.

This year, the project has reached to 3790 young people and session on Sexual Reproductive Health issues and menstruation has been delivered in 18 schools of Kailali, Dadeldhura and Kanchanpur districts. 20 CSOs have received advocacy training and have developed action plan against Gender Based Violence and other forms of discrimination during and after menstruation. Likewise, CSOs signed 7 points commitment against Gender Based Violence branding it as Dhangadi Declaration 2016. Restless Development had conducted an interaction meeting with members of the parliament, where they committed to take strategic actions to abolish Chhaupadi practice.Department of Women and Children of Nepal along with Restless Development Nepal have agreed to lead the network in order to identify the gaps and challenges in the existing laws, a network was formed in the district level among the stakeholders including representatives from government, NGOs. INGOs, and other organizations working for child protection, and against GBV and Chhaupadi practices.

        

ZERO TOLERANCE

The Zero Tolerance programme is a collaborative effort between USAID and UNICEF, which aims to reduce the prevalence of school related Gender based violence activities in Nepal, and establish child and adolescent-friendly procedures to respond to incidents of GBV when they occur.

The programme aims to establish and strengthen the connections between education and child protection actors to ensure that schools are free from gender-based violence activities in all its forms. The programme provides training, mapping, advocacy and awareness activities for school actors to children to know about their child rights, the impact of GBV (including the child marriage) and the legal and social consequences. It also helps in the development of systematic reporting and referral mechanism to monitor and respond to the incidents of school-related gender-based violence to ensure that victims or the children at the risk of violence are appropriately supported and have access to child- and adolescent-friendly services. The programme aims to create learning environment that are GBV-free, and where girls and boys are empowered to protect themselves and counter harmful social norms and practices diligently. The programme is implemented in Parsa, Rautahat, Mahottari and Dhanusa districts.

This program is implemented with the help of local partner NGOs, in coordination of government authorities such as District Education Office, Women and Children Development Office, District Development Committee and District Police Office in Central and Eastern Terai. In total, 148 Young Champions (48 male and 100 females) have been trained and mobilized in schools and community to raise awareness through life skill session. Likewise, International day of Girl Child and 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence was observed with a meaningful participants from the districts.

SAVE THE DATE

Save the Date project aims to reduce child marriage, and to spread awareness on sexual and reproductive health rights and gender inequality. This project targets both the young people and the adults to make an impact on the young people. The programme is implemented through Dance for Life’s innovative model of providing sex education in schools, using music and dance to involve and inspire young people.

Through Save the Date, Restless Development launched a new event called ‘Parents Costume Show and Skit’ to mark the International Day of Girl Child, 2016 in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Dolakha and Sunsari districts. The event was organised to open a platform to discuss issues related to child marriage for young students and parents and convey a positive message against it. Restless Development, in collaboration with Ministry of Women and Children, Department of Women and Children, UNICEF and Girls Not Brides, is working together to draft the implementation plan of National Strategy to End Child Marriage, 2072. Similarly, in joint leadership with District Women and Children Office, District Development Committee, UCHEP Nepal (PNGO), Restless Development, and other stakeholders on the 1st February 2016, Chandbela VDC of Sunsari District was declared Child Marriage Free,

In the upcoming year, the ultimate goal of the program is for young people in the targeted community to get married according to the Nepalese law. Likewise, Women Network Group of Prakashpur with the support of District Women and Children Office (Sunsari), UCHEP Nepal and Restless Development has publicly declared to make Prakashpur VDC, Sunsari a Child Marriage Free, by the end of 2017. Restless Development is working brilliantly to achieve such successes in at least 1 VDC of other working districts as well.