Dec 7, 2019

My Experience Being in a Decision Making Position!

The panelists Nisha, Timila, Reeya, Labbi, Niraja
The panelists Nisha, Timila, Reeya, Labbi, Niraja

After graduating from the LEAD Course in June this year, I was keen to still stay involved with Women LEAD. When Women LEAD Nepal posted about With and For Girls Award Interview Panel on our Alumni Group on Facebook, I was super excited and couldn’t wait to apply for it!

The With and For Girls Collective is a group of 11 funders who give grants to grassroots organizations working with and for girls in five regions around the world. I was lucky enough to get selected to be one of the five panellists to interview 10 organizations from the Asia-Pacific region and decide which five organizations would get funding.

Before the interview, we were given two days of training by one of our fellow Women LEAD alumni who had been through the process before. During the training, we discussed each organization’s applications which helped us to learn more about the organizations. We also divided our roles for the interview and did a practice interview to make sure we were all prepared beforehand. 

Our learning didn't end at the training- conducting the interviews was a humbling experience. We had the enormous responsibility of choosing the best organizations in such a strong cohort of applicants who were doing such magnificent things to empower girls. From this opportunity, we learnt about girls issues not just from our country, but from different countries like India, Pakistan, Tonga and Japan. After lots of intense discussions and deliberating, we were finally able to choose the five winners. Deciding the winners was a challenging experience and I couldn’t have done this without the decision-making and leadership skills I gained from participating in the LEAD course.

One of the best moments of this experience was when one of the interviewees complimented us on our stellar performance conducting the interviews. I am grateful to Women LEAD for not only providing young women like me with opportunities to learn leadership skills but also giving us a platform to practise these skills. 

After we completed all 10 interviews, I felt empowered and proud of myself. This couldn’t have been possible without the constant support of Women LEAD and the trust of the With and For Girls Collective. I am thrilled that I was selected for this opportunity as it helped me to explore and give the best of myself.

 

The panelists after taking the interviews
The panelists after taking the interviews

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Oct 3, 2019

Meet our 2019 LEADers!

Our 2019 LEADers!
Our 2019 LEADers!

Our 2019 LEAD Course has kicked off with a bang! This year, the 10th year we've run the LEAD Course, we had 326 applications from adolescent girls around the Kathmandu Valley to score a spot in our year-long leadership course. 

After a rigorous selection process, we narrowed down the 326 applicants to the 30 girls who are our 2019 LEADers! Our LEADers this year are our most diverse, motivated and passionate batch yet. Many come from underprivileged backgrounds and have shared powerful and inspirational stories about their experiences.

"Every person has a different story and each is very unique and they inspire us to raise our voice and speak against it (discrimination)." - Raisha, 2019 LEADer

Our 2019 LEAD Course began with our annual Leadership Institute during which our LEADers spent 12 days participating in sessions on topics such as Leadership and Followership, Personality Types, Comfort Zones, Self Defense, and Active Listening.

Our 30 LEADers also heard from inspiring female changemakers in Nepal such as Chunu Shrestha - who overcome a series of challenges to summit Mount Everest, and Shristi KC-a blind activist and motivational speaker.

The LEADers also participated in eye-opening workshops on the topics of Privilege and Bias and Sex and Gender which broadened their mindsets and introduced them to new perspectives.

"I realised we are misusing our privileges and fail to realise the value they hold. (When people were sharing their stories) It made me realise not all of us are privileged and we are here through different circumstances. We need to learn to acknowledge our privileges."- Migma, 2019 LEADer

In the next few months, our 30 LEADers will pair up to run the four-month School Leadership Program in middle schools around the Valley. Through the program, our LEADers will get the opportunity to put into practice the skills and knowledge they've gained through the Leadership Institute by delivering weekly workshops for groups of 20-25 girls and boys.

We can't wait to share with your updates from our LEADers' School Leadership Journey in our next report! 

Our 2019 LEADers during the Leadership Institute
Our 2019 LEADers during the Leadership Institute
2019 LEADer Aashma in the Self Defense Workshop
2019 LEADer Aashma in the Self Defense Workshop

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Sep 23, 2019

Nothing About Us Without Us

Prakriti representing UNICEF in Sri Lanka
Prakriti representing UNICEF in Sri Lanka

Nothing about us without us- what a fantastic slogan! The first time I heard it was in one of the presentations on the first day of 3rd South Asia Parliamentarian Platform for Children. I was instantly hooked by its meaning and relevance as I have always believed in the importance of bringing youth voices to participate in decision-making that affects their lives.

My leadership journey began about a year ago when I was selected to participate in the Women’s Mock Parliament organized by the Association of Youth Organizations in Nepal and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). I was able to further develop my knowledge and experience in advocacy and politics by participating in Women LEAD’s Young Women's Political Leadership Institute (YWPLI).

Recently, I was able to put into practice by advocacy skills and passion for promoting young people’s rights when I was selected to represent UNICEF as a Youth Ambassador at the South Asian Parliamentarian Meeting in Sri Lanka. There I received the opportunity to raise the voices of youth and ratify the youth pledge for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. I was also able to join an informal network named “Nothing About Us Without Us” which advocates for the strong presence of youth voices within South Asian countries.

I am grateful to have participated in Women LEAD’s YWPLI program and the confidence it has given me to take represent young people on the international stage. With the demographic dividend of Nepal at its highest point of (with nearly 40.3% of the total population being youth), I strongly believe that sustainable change can only be achieved once young people have a seat at the decision-making table.

 

 

 

 

Prakriti with fellow youth representatives
Prakriti with fellow youth representatives
 
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