Women LEAD is a leadership and professional development organization for young women, led by young women, in Kathmandu. This project will fund two of our signature programs; our LEAD course, a year long leadership course for 30 girls in their final year of high school and our School Leadership Program which expands the reach of our LEAD course to over 280 girls and boys aged 14 and 15 in middle school. Our goal is to foster an entire generation that supports and celebrates female leadership.
Nepal is a deeply patriarchal society. It is women themselves who best understand their own needs but their voices continue to be unheard. Women must have a seat at the decision-making table if this is to change, yet, in Nepal, and globally, so little is invested in empowering girls to advocate for themselves. We address this issue at its root; giving young women the tools they need to be active, powerful leaders and boys the knowledge of how to be an ally and supporter of their female peers.
WLEAD addresses this challenge by training young women how to be strong leaders in their individual communities. We do this through: The LEAD Course: An intensive year-long after-school youth leadership and activism program for 30 high school girls. The School Leadership Program, 15 weekly co-ed workshops led by our LEAD participants in middle schools across the Kathmandu Valley addressing issues such as gender discrimination and violence. Our community; a dedicated network of 250+ alumni, peers
Our model of paying-it-forward and engaging girls & boys means that our program has built in sustainability, creating enduring and long-term outcomes. Our program is designed to foster a generation of independent leaders; we don't create dependence, we uproot it. After going through our program our LEADers are equipped with the skills to study at the university of their choice, enter a leadership position in their school or community and have greater access to employment opportunities.