Women Empowerment Program
We are empowering women from Bhotenamlang by enhancing their marketable skills and knowledge. The 3 month long tailoring training program will empower 10 women with skills to enhance their quality of life by generating income and boosting their self-confidence.
Gender inequity and female illiteracy is high in Sindhupalchowk. The district is ill-reputed as a center for female trafficking, and many women end up in brothels of Kathmandu and Sindhupalchowk. Although domestic violence is rife, many women stay quiet about these atrocities out of social pressure to maintain reputation, to prevent rejection from their partners and also because of lack of awareness about their legal rights. Due to poverty and lack of social awareness, many teenage girls drop out of schools early and do not have marketable skills.
We aim to change this. We are empowering women from Bhotenamlang by enhancing their marketable skills and knowledge. The women are being provided with tailoring training free of cost by a qualified professional teacher. Several studies show that economically empowered women have greater control over the family income and also have a lower probability of being domestically abused. The fact that empowered women are catalysts of change for development of their families, communities and nations has also been well documented.
The 3 month tailoring training program is part of our Empowerment Program aimed at helping communities rebuild after last year’s earthquake. After their training, we aim to promote the village economy by creating women entrepreneurs who can set up their own shop. They will also be able to stitch uniforms for surrounding school children rather than bringing uniform from the capital, Kathmandu. At the end of the program, we will make micro-finance loans available for women who wish to set up their own shop.