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Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal

by Women LEAD
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Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
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Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Our SLP Students at their Graduation
Our SLP Students at their Graduation

Thank you so much for all of you who donated to our Girl Fund campaign to support the next generation of boy and girl leaders in Nepal. We're happy to announce that we were able to raise $1793 from the campaign which will make a huge positive difference in the lives of boys and girls in Nepal.

Since our last update, Women LEAD has empowered 272 boys and girls with skills in leadership and knowledge about key topics such as public speaking, gender stereotypes, youth issues and sexual and reproductive health through our School Leadership Program (SLP).

Through the program, which is facilitated by our 2019 LEADers (girls in their final year of high school) our girl and boy participants not only gained this new knowledge and skills, but new female role models to look up to. 

In late February, our SLP participants graduated and shared their reflections about their experiences during the program:

"Through the SLP, I learnt how to solve problems and study well. If I didn't attend the program, I wouldn't have been utilizing my weekends in a good way. Through the program I have also learnt to be self-motivated and confident. I used to be shy but now I can speak in front of all of you" - Smile, SLP Student.

"Women's empowerment is crucial for the development of Nepal. Not only females need to be part of it, but men also- everyone needs to be involved. The entire society needs to learn to respect the dignity, existence and value of women and unit to support them" - Jessica, SLP Student.

Our 2019 LEADers also shared how the program has helped them to grow their leadership skills:

"SLP makes a student look differently towards the world and their process of learning. I enjoyed the journey of teaching students and also getting to learn from them" - Apsana, 2019 LEADer

Now that our SLP students have graduated, we can't wait to see how they will continue to utilize the learnings they have gained in their schools, families and communities.

SLP Student Smile Speaking at his Graduation
SLP Student Smile Speaking at his Graduation
An SLP student during a session of the program
An SLP student during a session of the program
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2019 LEADers Apsana and Raisha
2019 LEADers Apsana and Raisha

Our year-long LEAD Course empowers thirty female class twelve students (LEADers)  through a deep dive into leadership. After the two-week-long Leadership Institute, our LEADers pair up and apply their leadership knowledge and skills to co-lead weekly workshops for Grade 9 boys and girls through use their knowledge and skills through the School Leadership Program (SLP) over a four-month period. 

 

This year, 2019 LEADers Raisha and Apsana were paired together to deliver the SLP. Both have already bonded well with each other and are actively encouraging each other to be empowered. 

 

“Being born as a single child I always craved for a sibling. Through the SLP, I was paired with Apsana. We bonded so easily from the beginning that it felt like I had met my long lost sister. Whether it be it talking about something professional or personal, Apsana is always there to listen to me. She is such a nice, humble, wise and assertive person, who is always full of energy. Leading the SLP together has been a wonderful experience and a process of growing and learning together.”- Raisha, 2019 LEADer

 

“Raisha is a hardworking and positive person. Every time, I tell her about any opportunities or challenges, she motivates me by saying that I can do it and that she believes me. There are times when I couldn't attend Women LEAD and SLP sessions, but she has always helped me to cover for me. Honestly, I couldn't have asked for a better co-LEADer than her. “ - Apsana, 2019 LEADer

 

Although it has only been two months since they were paired together, Apsana and Raisha have already created an amazing bonding and will continue to support each other in their SLP journey, as our other co-LEADer pair have from previous years. 

 

Raisha and Apsana are very grateful for the inspiration and support they can draw from each other. Raisha says,  “Apsana is a fierce person who is set on her journey of inspiring so many people. I am thankful for getting this amazing human as my co-leader, but more than co-leader I would call her my sister."

 

Stay tuned for more updates from our 2019/2020 LEAD Course in the coming months!




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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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Our 2018 LEADers at their Graduation Ceremony
Our 2018 LEADers at their Graduation Ceremony

Last month our 28 2018 LEADers graduated from our year-long leadership program, the LEAD Course after an intensive year of growing, learning and influencing others. 

Our 28 LEADers participated in sessions throughout the year on important topics such as gender-roles, privilege and bias, effective communication, and sexual and reproductive health. 

The participants also visited various government officers and learned to hold leaders accountable while also understanding what good governance and citizenship roles look like. The LEADers were inspired by visits to Election Commission's department, the central government at Singha Durbar and the National Youth Council. 

Our LEADers also implemented four of their own advocacy projects tackling social issues like bullying, mental health, dignified menstruation and gender stereotypes. 

Witnessing their journeys first-hand, I am so proud and inspired by the confidence, strengthen and ambition these young women. I truly believe they will go on to become powerful and strong leaders across all sectors of our society and I can't wait to see where their journeys will take them.

Reflecting on what she has learnt throughout the year, our 2018 LEADer Timila says, "A real leader is someone who not only steps up but is also comfortable stepping down. At Women LEAD, I learned that leadership isn't only about holding a position, but how we work with a team  by incorporating different ideas, uplifting each other, and growing together in diversity!"

Thank you for your support for building the next generation of leaders in Nepal.

We can't wait to introduce you to the next batch of changemakers as the next iteration of our LEAD Course begins next month.

Warm Regards,

Hima Bista (Women LEAD's Executive Director)

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2017 LEADer Anshuya with 2018 LEADer Barma
2017 LEADer Anshuya with 2018 LEADer Barma

Our year-long LEAD Course provides young women with the knowledge, support, skills, and opportunities to become leaders and changemakers within their societies. Each year, every participant is paired with a LEAD Course alumna mentor who provides individualized guidance and support to their mentee throughout the year.

This year, 2018 LEADer Barma was paired with 2017 LEADer Anshuya as her mentor. Anshuya has played a valuable role in Barma's life, especially in helping Barma build her confidence in living with a visual impairment.

“I’m very fortunate to have 2017 LEADer Anshuya as my mentor. She always has my back and is very understanding. Whenever I feel like I didn’t give my best in something, she cheers me up and because of her I feel constantly motivated to get out of my comfort zone. These days I feel better about myself and very confident.” - Barma

Mentoring has also been a valuable learning experience for Anshuya, teaching how to get along with someone with a completely different personality and bring out the best in her mentee Barma.

“I choose to be a mentor so that I could provide moral support to my mentee, guide and help her in her various tasks and promote her self –development. Despite having completely different personalities, my mentee Barma and I have bonded over same hobbies. She is an introvert and shy so it’s difficult her to open up, but with me she is comfortable enough to share her strengths and weaknesses - Anshuya

Although the 2018 LEAD Course is coming to an end, Barma and Anshuya's relationship won't end here. Like so many of our previous mentor-mentee pairs, Barma and Anshuya have created a strong sisterly bond and plan to continue to support each other's dreams well into the future.

Thank you for helping young women like Barma and Anshuya to discover their leadership potential and be continuous sources of motivation for each other. We look forward to sharing more stories of transformation from our 2018 LEADers in the next report as they graduate and reflect on their year long journeys.

Barma during a session of the LEAD Course
Barma during a session of the LEAD Course

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Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Dipasa Bista
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