Jun 1, 2021

My learnings from the virtual 65th CSW!

Dilasha, LEADer 2018
Dilasha, LEADer 2018

It was a privilege to have been given the opportunity from Women LEAD to attend the virtual 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (16th-26th March). The 65th CSW's theme was “Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life and the empowerment of women and girls”. 

The CSW65 session provided an opportunity for all the attendees to come up with strong action-oriented policy recommendations and ensured that we build back better towards a future that is more equal, resilient, and sustainable. Most of the events that I attended covered discussions around the critical role of civil society and women’s rights organizations on the front line. Government representatives and participants also discussed and celebrated the leadership from women’s rights organizations.

Of all the sessions I attended, I’d like to share about two of them. One of the sessions I attended was “Championing Women Leadership in Tech” which focused specifically on tech because women are increasingly rising through the ranks in public and political life and yet in the technology sector women leaders are not as visible and progress is much slower. The discussion was inspiring, and I learned that increasing women’s participation in the tech industry can bridge the gender gap and unleash female leadership across the board. 

Another event panel “Women Delivering Justice: Achieving Gender Parity In The Justice Sector” focused on the importance of investing in the equal and full representation of women in justice delivery. I learned that women belong in all places where decisions are being made, it shouldn’t be that women are the exception and that any society where women are excluded from public life and decision making cannot call itself truly democratic.

In conclusion, my learnings from the CSW65 sessions that I attended focused on, given the compelling case for gender equality in the justice, civil, and public sector itself, dismantling these barriers must be our collective priority and the COVID crisis has made this clearer than ever as it has impacted women disproportionately – from loss of jobs to rise in violence against women and unpaid care work.

As I move ahead in my professional career as well as my personal path, my realizations and highlights from the CSW65 session are that in order to achieve gender equality, we need to have an intersectional approach to solving the barriers holding us back. Gender equality is for everyone and we need to work with young people who have a more inclusive vision of societies including women who are afro-descendent, indigenous, from rural communities and LGBTIQA+ community, trans feminists, and among other marginalized communities, should be a top priority.

Along with myself, everyone gathered look forward to a meaningful outcome that would make a tangible difference for the world’s women and girls at this critical moment and time.

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Apr 15, 2021

2020 School Leadership Program concludes!

SLP Participants during their virtual graduation!
SLP Participants during their virtual graduation!

As a constituent of our year-long LEAD Course, our 2020 LEADers conducted the School Leadership Program (SLP) where they were paired together to co-lead weekly workshops for grade nine students over the period of three months.

Despite the pandemic, our LEADers conducted the SLP in 13 different schools with 193 young girls and boys where they spent 10 virtual sessions learning important skills like public speaking, teamwork, effective communication, and time management among others. They were also introduced to key topics like gender-based violence and civic engagement.

Through sessions like communication styles, goal setting, leadership, and followership, the participants gained the skills, knowledge, and inspiration they need to become the leaders of tomorrow. This is how one of the SLP Participants, Roji, describes the School Leadership Program – “SLP has been a positive turning point in my life as it has helped me boost my confidence, improve my communication skills and raise my self-esteem. Everyone in my family and friends have seen a lot of changes in me. Now, I am able to stand up for myself and what I believe in; I speak up when someone mistreats me and others. and all my thanks goes to the LEADers and Women LEAD Nepal.”

One of the main highlights of SLP was the virtual graduation ceremony where the participants were able to put the skills they had learned into practice by speaking to the audience with confidence and zeal. Even though the ceremony took place virtually, it was delightful to see the parents and teachers as the audience to celebrate our participant’s accomplishments. Following the footsteps of their role models, our 2020 LEADers, the young SLP participants took up the stage and spoke confidently about what they’ve learned and how much they’ve grown in the past four months. 

SLP Participant, Sumit, shares “SLP was a place where we got to know many things which are important in our future life as well as in the present. I have learned many things from SLP and I plan to implement them. I am very happy that I got a chance to be a part of SLP.”  

 The main aim of our SLP is to empower our LEADers to become role models for their juniors. One of our 2020 LEADer shares, “In these last 3 months we have seen these young boys and girls following direction, taking up challenges, overcoming fears, and spreading positivity. We are very proud of what they have achieved and honored to celebrate their successful journey.” Prerana, 2020 LEADer

Stay tuned for more updates from our 2020/21 LEAD Course in the upcoming months!

Roji, 2020 SLP Participant
Roji, 2020 SLP Participant
Sumit, 2020 SLP Participant
Sumit, 2020 SLP Participant
Prerana, 2020 LEADer
Prerana, 2020 LEADer

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Mar 11, 2021

2020 YWPLI : Internship kicks off!

Kajal, 2020 YWPLI Fellow
Kajal, 2020 YWPLI Fellow

One of the key components of the Young Women's Political Leadership Institute (YWPLI) is the internship where our Fellows get to intern with different women leaders at various government agencies for a month. The main aim of the internship at various government agencies is to provide our fellows with the opportunity to first-hand understand and learn how the government agency functions, and have more women leaders as their role models.

The internship component of the 3rd iteration of YWPLI kicked off in December 2020. Interning under women leaders from various governmental agencies has allowed our fellows to expand their understanding of the leadership styles and working ecosystem of these women leaders.

One of our 2020 YWPLI Fellows, Kajal reflects on her internship journey, “Working as a trainee at ward 5, Lalitpur will always be a lifetime experience for me. Before working at the ward, I used to believe in the commonly perceived misconception that most governmental agencies of the country are dishonest. However, it was only after working at the ward itself, I got to understand and learn more about their organizational structure, operations, work division, mobilization of women, and services provided by the ward. Most importantly, I have realized how the ward officials work selflessly to provide easy and best service to the public.”

Here's what other 2020 fellows have to say about their internship:

The internship allowed me to look beyond what lies in the frontline and also instilled in me this zeal to challenge the status - quo especially of the everyday news related to violence against women. In the entire month of my placement, there hadn’t been a single day without the news of some form of violence or cases of rape/rape attempts that triggered my sense of justice that had been fought for in the nation. Nevertheless, I was also able to witness the stories of hope and resilience that made me believe in the beauty of reaching out to people and being there for them.  This consistent mechanism of ‘empowering' built on the foundation of ‘fight’ and ‘hope’ under the catalyst of resilience has intrigued my comprehension of ‘making things happen, despite it all.’ I look forward to widening this lens that I have developed." - Smriti, 2020 YWPLI Fellow

“I am grateful for the internship opportunity as it has harnessed my skill of working under pressure, communication skills, quick adaptation to a new environment.”- Sirishma, 2020 YWPLI Fellow

Stay tuned for more updates on our amazing 2020 YWPLI Fellows’ journey!

Smriti, 2020 YWPLI Fellow
Smriti, 2020 YWPLI Fellow
Sirishma, 2020 YWPLI Fellow
Sirishma, 2020 YWPLI Fellow

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