About the project
The aim of the project is to increase the participation of Nepalese women in the process of obtaining peace and national security after the lengthy civil conflict that afflicted the country from 1996 to 2006.
The conflict claimed 13,000 victims, many of whom were civilians, and involved more than 15,000 people, notably children and women. In particular, women suffered a great deal of violence and abuse, and many were left alone after losing husbands, brothers and fathers. Even today, more than ten years after the end of the conflict, they need justice and socioeconomic support to help their lives return to normal.
We have launched awareness campaigns targeting communities in seven districts to raise women’s awareness of the rights they are entitled to.
Many women are unaware that it is not too late to press charges and demand justice for the violence and abuse they suffered during the conflict. The Nepalese government has introduced special dispensations to its legislative system in order to ensure that the conflict’s many victims can obtain justice. We inform women of this possibility, and we support them on the legal and psychological journey that brings them reparations and public recognition of the injustice they have suffered.
In addition to providing legal and psychological support to women, we work to expand the capacity of local organisations that promote female participation. This work is accompanied by our social awareness initiatives, which aim to inform the public of the consequences of the conflict on women and their role in the peace process by means of community events and public discussions.
We also train journalists to cover the violence suffered by women during and after the conflict, and we are designing a school programme covering the same topics with the aim of having it added to curricula nationwide.
This project is like a jigsaw, with many pieces that come together to support 175 women’s organisations, 8,400 citizens, 105 institutional representatives and, above all, 840 women affected by the conflict.
Change is possible.