Sep 27, 2021

LEADer at Women LEAD and beyond.

Praju, 2013 LEADer
Praju, 2013 LEADer

I started my journey at Women LEAD in 2013 as a LEADer, participant of the 2013 LEAD Course, with a very faint idea of my stance as a young female leader. With my engagement in the organization, I became more aware of my socio-cultural environment and how actions are needed to promote growth and awareness not just within an individual but within the society itself at large. Women LEAD helped me to grow as an empowered young woman who was able to speak not just for herself but also the others. Over the years, I have had several roles in the organization; as an intern in 2014 and 2018, as a board member in 2015, and mentor since 2015

One of my proudest achievements was coordinating the Sujata Baskota Changemaker’s Project on “Consent”. It was an opportunity, not just for the students to learn about consent, but for me to explore my bounds as a facilitator and a trainer. Women LEAD’s Sujata Baskota Changemaker Award program provides grants to its alumni to implement their own community projects in Nepal.

Another rewarding engagement in Women LEAD has been the mentorship program, with which I have had the honor to mentor 5 young girls over the years; mentees are LEAD course participants. The atmosphere at Women LEAD and its members has always been the most encouraging. 

With my educational background in law, I wanted to pursue my interest to facilitate better policy practices especially in consideration of women and underrepresented communities. So, I found it reasonable to approach the issue not just as a young voice in activism but as a drafter of law. Currently, I have been appointed as a Legal Officer at the Ministry of Social Development, Bagmati Province. I am excited and looking forward to this new journey of working for the Government of Nepal. 

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Aug 13, 2021

2020 LEAD Course Wrapped Up!

Our 2020 LEADers during their Virtual Graduation!
Our 2020 LEADers during their Virtual Graduation!

After wrapping up the School Leadership Program with a virtual graduation ceremony in March, our 2020 LEADers moved on to the next phases of the LEAD course ie. Advocacy Week, Professional Development Week, and Virtual Graduation.

LEAD Course’s advocacy week consists of in-depth advocacy skills training, where the LEADers learn and plan their advocacy projects. During the 2020 LEAD Course advocacy week, our LEADers spent a week understanding what advocacy means, examples of advocacy happening around Nepal and the global context and then designing their own projects. Towards the end of the advocacy week our LEADers, in groups of five, designed five projects; All gender matters, I bring change, Mind benders, Samanta and Uujagaran. 

During the final month of the Course, our LEADers participated in a full week of professional development training on topics such as resume writing, emotional intelligence, personal branding, how to write applications for college, future career and goals, how to face interviews, crucial conversations, negotiation, and networking. 

One of our LEADers shares, “I learned to form teams, learned about creative problem discovery, problem specification, root cause analysis, stakeholder sense-making, and collaborative ideation during the professional development week.” Lakshina, 2020 LEADer

After a year of learning and active engagement, our 28 LEADers graduated from the 2020 LEAD course via Zoom. LEADers, their parents, teachers, Women LEAD staff, the board members came together virtually to celebrate their accomplishments and growth. Each LEADer presented a brief speech or performance, and peer-nominated awards were distributed for the LEADer with awards such as most growth, most committed, and best role model.

One of our LEADer, Prerena, describes her LEAD course journey asWomen LEAD is a platform for me where I could share my thoughts and ideas without any fear, hesitation, and judgments. I met many inspiring people and friends who inspired and pushed me to be more confident and social throughout this journey. This course is very helpful for all girls like me who came from a rural area and want to bring changes in society. After this 12 months duration, I have found myself to be confident and bold, now I can challenge my comfort zone and raise my voice.”

Another LEADer, Kriti, shares, “The LEAD course journey was amazing. I am a completely different person now. I manage my time well and I don’t fear things.  Now I’ll never bully anyone and speak up when I see it happening to others too. I am no more a self-centered person and I think twice about the consequences of my actions. I have learned to accept myself and to always be myself.”

Thank you for continuing to support Women LEAD! We can't wait to introduce you to the next batch of LEADers as the next iteration of our LEAD Course begins next month.

Lakshina, 2020 LEADer
Lakshina, 2020 LEADer
Prerena, 2020 LEADer
Prerena, 2020 LEADer
Kriti, 2020 LEADer
Kriti, 2020 LEADer

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Jul 9, 2021

2020 YWPLI Fellows Graduate!

2020 YWPLI Virtual Graduation Ceremony!
2020 YWPLI Virtual Graduation Ceremony!

Women LEAD’s Young Women’s Political Leadership Institute (YWPLI), an 11-month long course, aims to equip politically ambitious young Nepali women (19-25years old) with the fundamental knowledge, communication and analytical skills, professional experience, and networks they need to engage in Nepal’s politics in a meaningful way.

Despite the pandemic, the 3rd iteration of Young Women's Political Leadership Institute (YWPLI) kicked off virtually in July 2020 with 20 young women (aged 18-25). Owing to the pandemic, most components of the 11-month program were conducted virtually. Throughout the program, our YWPLI Fellows participated in various program components such as - two-week-long Politics Institute, internship at local or government agency under women leaders, advocacy week, and (not limited to) professional development week.

As a part of the program, our 2020 YWPLI Fellows (in groups of 4-5), conducted their own advocacy projects virtually between April and May 2021. The fellows participated in a week-long advocacy training which helped them identify problem statements and design their own projects.

This year there were four advocacy projects with themes and project objectives such as - creating a platform for meaningful and healthy debate/discussion on gender equality among people aged 16-40,  a campaign that encompassed a photo exhibition, and a panel discussion that aimed to address the struggles faced by domestic violence survivors in Nepal and explore their narratives through their lens, economic empowerment at the local level and forming a mini-library accessible to the children from a rural municipality. 

On May 29, 19 YWPLI Fellows graduated from the 11-month long Young Women’s Political Leadership Institute (YWPLI) after successfully completing all the components of the program. The event was conducted virtually keeping in mind the ongoing pandemic.

Priyanka, one of our 2020 YWPLI Fellows says, "Initially I used to dream of becoming the deputy mayor of my municipality but now as a YWPLI'20 Fellow, I aspire to be the Mayor of my municipality".

Our 19 2020 Fellows are now a part of our alumni community and will receive ongoing professional opportunities as they move ahead in their leadership journeys. 

Snap from 2020 YWPLI Virtual Graduation Ceremony!
Snap from 2020 YWPLI Virtual Graduation Ceremony!

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