Raksha Nepal (RN), has been dealing with issues of girls and women working in the dance bars, massage parlors and cabin restaurants for the past nine years. It’s significant working experience in the field has enhanced the organizational capacity to work more effectively with targeted groups as well as with other stakeholders. The ultimate goal of this project would be to create decent working environment by enhancing the capacity of young girls and women in so called entertainment sectors and make free from risk of exploitation and trafficking.
Once the target groups are capacitated with knowledge on their rights and roles, aware of legal aspects they will be able to form an association of their own. This Union ultimately will be acting as an advocate for workers in the entertainment sectors. To reach to its goal, RN has to follow several steps in parallel with the programs mentioned below.
Regular Activities with the target groups
As in the past, this quarter aslo Raksha Nepal conducted counseling program for 85 girls and women working in the entertainment sector.
In the next quarter, Raksha Nepal plans to hold more group counseling programs in the 20 groups formed during the past program, so that these groups are motivated to remain in the group activities.
Raksha Nepal has been supporting the victims of rape, domestic violence and sexually exploited as well as victims of polygamy. those who are unable to fight legal battle are supported by this organization through providing lawyers to look into their respective cases.
In this quarter, 5 domestic violence victims were supported.
Raksha Nepal is also regularly conducting awareness programs on human and women rights in its target groups.
Raksha Nepal has been conducting one hour per week radio program through the local FM station. Most of the episodes focus on the experience sharing by the target group individuals or experts from different walks of life are also invited as interviewee. This program is heard not only in Kathmandu but also 5 other districts connected with it.
In the last quarter, it aired 12 episodes, where 10 women from the groups shared their experience on the struggles. One international and one national volunteers shared their experience in Raksha Nepal.
As this program has good impact which is evident in the volume of victim women visiting Raksha Nepal, this will be continued for another year.
Saving and Credit Cooperative:
This cooperative has been established with the membership of the target groups to support the them by micro saving and credit. Raksha Nepal's all 20 group members are saving their small portion of the income regularly.
In this quarter, 6 women received loan in minimal interest to establish their own small business or expand their existing business. All these women had received skill development training from Raksha Nepal.
Under this support, Raksha Nepal has been supporting victims of rape, domestic and sexual violence with rescue, shelter and legal battle.
In this quarter, it facilitated to release 33 girls and women who had been in the police custody with this and that charges. All of these women were brought to Raksha Nepal and were oriented to be aware of rules and regularions on their profession.
Raskha Nepal in coordination with different organizations has been supporting women to build their capacity. In the last quarter, 18 women received different training on bakery, handicraft making, cafeteria managing.
Raksha Nepal is planning to provide training to 25 women on sewing cutting, cookery and beauty parlor.
Greetings from Raksha Nepal Team
We would like to thank you all and would like to share our organizational activities in summarised version. We have been conducting various activities through different wings. We are very excited to share you with the same, for the women and girls for awareness raising program and capacity building program.
We still are struggling to include other women and girls who are at risk in this sector, so we would like to humbly request to you to please support us, as we want to conduct more capacity building trainings for the needy girls and women.
We hope you all will support us as in the past.
Thank you very much for your kind support.
Women in Nepal have low status within the family and society. Although the constitution offers women equal educational opportunities, many social, economic, and cultural factors contributed to lower enrollment and higher dropout rates for girls. Illiteracy, early marriage, poverty imposed the greatest hindrance to enhancing equal opportunity and status for women. The decade long armed conflict in Nepal escalated the status of women to more vulnerability. These influences underlie the migration process in Nepal and increase the vulnerability of young women and girls to trafficking and sexual abuse. The girls and women, to save their lives were compelled to leave their home places and migrate into cities, especially Kathmandu to seek sustainable livelihoods and secure future. Lacking education, skills and knowledge, these ignorant girls and women from villages are pushed to the entertainment sector and are obliged to perform any tasks they are asked to, for the survival imperatives. The dance bars, massage and cabin restaurant opened in an unmanaged way in different parts of Kathmandu has the higher trend of involving these girls as sex workers for profit making.
Raksha Nepal in its working year of 8 has done several activities for the protection and dignified survival of these women. RN when established a women shelter in 2009, has always been realizing the need of shelter for the children of these women too.
Ideally, every child needs to belong to a stable, secure, and loving family. It is a widely-accepted value that children should be provided care and protection so that they can grow and develop. It is also an internationally accepted value. However, due to a number of reasons- natural and human-induced-we are not always able to translate this ‘intention’ into a reality.
When there is a situation of failure or unavailability of family care, the state is obliged to proved appropriate institutional care for neglected, separated or abandoned children. Nepal has accepted this.
However, a lack of planned and proper family and other institutional care system has forced many children in Nepal to resort to the streets, illegal works and female child when they reach a certain age the easy way of earning for them is prostitution. Some big children of these women live in callous and wretched conditions that a civilized state cannot imagine for human beings.
Raksha Nepal in its own initiation has started the shelter home for the children of women who are sexually harassed and exploited. These children are born without the recognition of their father and have no appropriate place to live and food to eat. These mothers are not even capable of fulfilling the fundamental requirement of their children the other educational rights of the children are still to be touched by them. Realizing this scenario of children and keeping the main goal of the organization to protect the target group from the trap to prostitution, RN has put forwarded their step but their single effort is not sufficient they need the joint effort and help of government other non-governmental organization and individual.
Greetings from Nepal
We would like to thank you very much from the organization and all children, we are very happy to got supports from your side. It's very valuable for all children, now they are studying in school regularly and they are staying at shelter safely, still we are seeking regular support from the donors because we don't have any regular support from any where, we manage very hardly.
We hope you all support us in future as well.
Thank you very much for your great support.
Rabin Malla and Raksha Nepal Team
Raksha Nepal (RN), has been dealing in this issue for past eight years. It’s significant working experience in the field has enhanced the organizational capacity to work more effectively with targeted groups as well as with other stakeholders. The ultimate goal of this project would be to create decent working environment by enhancing the capacity of young girls and women in so called entertainment sectors and make free from risk of exploitation and trafficking.
Raksha Nepal conducting PAST project for women and girls especially those women and girls who are sexually exploited and working in so called entertainment sector. This project uite them in a group and counseling them; Raksha Nepal working for build up their capacity, project focusing on protect their rights, protect and promoting women rights, raising voice against women violence and project provide them various capacity building activities, awareness raising programs, skill trainings, non-formal education support program and also conducting saving and credit program through Raksha Nepal's sister organization Rakshyashree Saving & Cooperative.
After completing all above activities group members will have skill and they can change or make better their life through establish their own new business as per their skill. Project's ultimate goal is to support them and create safe environment for them, unite them and make them strong and will raise their voice against all kind of vilonce them self.
We would like to thanks you all and would like to share our organizational activities in summarise. We have conducting one project 'PAST' for these women and girls and this project funded by DKA/KFB Austria. We are very excited to share you this project will also support these women and girls for awareness raising program and capacity building program.
We still in trouble to include lot of number women and girls who are at risk in this sector, so we would like to humbally requst to you all please support us for them, we are going to conduct more skill trainings for those women and girls who are at risk and who don't have any skill.
We hope you all will support us as before.
Thank you very much for your grat support.