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
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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

Project Report | Nov 28, 2018
Speak Out To Rise: Tackling Street Harassment

By Sristika | 2017 LEADer

Sristika Raising Awareness on Street Harassment
Sristika Raising Awareness on Street Harassment

Did you know about 97% of Nepalese women have faced some kind of sexual harassment in their lifetime? Unfortunately, I count myself as being on that list. In our patriarchal Nepalese society, women are objectified and always considered as being inferior to men. Consequently, problems like sexual and street harassment are taken very lightly.

My Story

At the age of 14, I was cat-called by a person who was double my age, but I just kept quiet and went on my way. Endurance is considered the most important value for a woman in our society, but I knew enduring such a form of harassment shouldn’t be tolerated. I knew I had to speak out against it. I got chance to do just this earlier this year through the advocacy project on street harassment I ran through the LEAD Course.

Our Project

My project team mates Jeney, Pasang,Siwani and Aarati were as passionate as me about tackling street harassment so we believed that we would be able to make at least a small change through our project.

To ensure our project would make a big impact, we ran a street harassment awareness session for over 100 students from grades 8 and 9 in two schools. We planned our 3 hour session carefully to include some important topics we wanted the students to understand. We covered issues such as what street harassment is and what is not, the differences between good touch and bad touch, victim blaming, self defense tips, and most importantly, how to be an active bystander.

We named our project Speak Out to Rise, because until and unless we speak for ourselves or for others we won’t rise up in society. We encouraged the students to sign an anti-street harassment contract where they promised to be an active bystander when they witness any form of street harassment. We were thrilled with the enthusiasm and support we received from the students, and wrapped up our sessions with big smiles across our faces.

Our Impact

Despite long travel distances and lots of other commitments, our team successfully completed the project. Our hard work paid off when we found out students who never knew about street harassment or its consequences before our sessions had a strong understanding of this topic by the end. From this, I learned that putting in the effort to raise awareness about an important topic can result in people changing their perspectives.

This project has helped me to extend my horizons. I now feel confident enough to lead my own project in the future. I feel empowered and strong enough to stand up for myself and for others. I now believe that together we can take action to end street harassment before it escalates into a much bigger issue.

Thanks for continuing to support young Nepalese women like me to tackle important issues in our communities.

Sristika 

A student with her anti-street harassment contract
A student with her anti-street harassment contract
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Sep 11, 2018
Sristika's Reflections on her LEAD Course Journey

By Sristika | Fundraising Intern and 2017 LEADer

Jun 11, 2018
My body is not a joke!

By Camille Warambourg | Development Coordinator

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Women LEAD

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Twitter: @womenleadnepal
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Dipasa Bista
Washington , DC United States
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