Support for 150 Sexually Exploited Women in Nepal

by Raksha Nepal
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1. Raksha Nepal celebrated the 106th International Women’s Day

On the occasion of the 106th International Women’s Day, the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare had organized a rally on 8 March 2016.  Raksha Nepal staff along with the Women Workers Protection Union Members joined the rally.  The rally started at 8.00 a.m. from Bhrikuti Mandap, Exhibition Road, in Kathmandu.  Many women-led organizations from different parts of Kathmandu had joined on this occasion.  The rally continued towards Putali Sadak, Kamaladi and gathered in the Shanti Garden of Ratna Park.  More than 1500 women out of which 450 were from Raksha Nepal and Women Protection Union, had joined the rally. The gathering was addressed by different representatives from the Ministry, Women Commission and other Ministries. The women were carrying different placards and banners, such as

“Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”

“Let Us Implement The Constitution In Practice: Ensure Woman’s Rights“

Long Live Women Workers Protection Union

Ensure Women Workers Rights

Ensure Women Workers minimum wages

Ensure Women Workers minimum working hours

Stop Violence against women

The program concluded after 2 hours and the gathering disbursed.

Another program was scheduled in the Tourism Board hall organized by the Student Union.  All members of Raksha Nepal and Union joined this program.  The Student Union felicitated 16 women drivers, 2 acid attack victim girls with the appreciation certificates.  Three marginalized children from Dalit community received education scholarships from this Union on the occasion.  All the Raksha Team and members attended this 3 hour long program.

Chairperson of Raksha Nepal Ms Menuka Thapa also addressed the program and stressed the need and responsibility of male members in the society to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girl children. Raksha Nepal has been continuously working since 2004 in the leadership of Ms Thapa to end all forms of sexual violence against women and girls. Ms Menuka further pointed out that males are born by the females and they have also remained in their mothers’ womb for nine months before their birth so they should respect all the females in order to be the true sons.

 2. Training of Trainers (ToT) program for Enterprise Development 20-27 March 2016

It is a well known fact that Raksha Nepal has been organizing different income generating skills and training programs for the empowerment of girls and women who have fallen prey to different forms of sexual violence. Raksha Nepal has also been supporting women and girls through co-operative to start their own businesses after completing the training programs.

In this context, Raksha Nepal conducted training of trainers program from 20 to 27th of March 2016 in order to provide enterprise development knowledge for the women who are group members of Raksha Nepal. The main aim of the training program was to develop the women staffs of Raksha Nepal as enterprise development trainers in future. In the ToT program Ms Vaguri Prameela from Sampark India and Mr Bishnu Bdr. Khatri from ISAS Kathmandu were in the role of Lead trainer and Co-trainer respectively. Similarly, the Program Coordinator of Rehabilitation and Empowerment of Nepali women project was the focal point/ coordinator of the training program. The program was organized with the financial support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Vienna.

A week long training program was divided into two sessions. In the first session, 14 women staffs of Raksha Nepal and the 3 volunteers of ISAS were trained as trainers in the areas of enterprise development. Similarly, in the second session of the program, 30 women participants who are involved in Rakshya Shree Saving and Credit Cooperative were trained in the areas relating to enterprise development.

In the first session, the different issues such as: concepts and types of business, elements of business, business idea generation, gender and formation of business, marketing, book keeping, cost and price, business risk analysis and business plan were instructed by the lead trainer and co-trainer to the participants of ToT.

The second session of the training program started from 25 of March. In this program the trained trainers instructed the 30 women participants about the enterprise development and how to start a new business. The participants were given idea regarding to different topics such as: concepts and types of business, elements of business, business idea generation, concept of gender and formation of business, marketing, book keeping, cost and price, business risk analysis and business plan. Finally the program was concluded by the chairperson of Raksha Nepal Ms Menuka Thapa on 27 March 2016 at 4 PM.

Chairperson of Raksha Nepal Ms Menuka Thapa distributed certificates to all the participants of the training program. Ms Thapa on that occasion said she has hoped that the training program will be very useful to establish and run business to the women in future. Ms Thapa also congratulated the lead trainer and co-trainer for their valuable time during the program. Similarly she also expressed her sincere thanks for all the participants who remained patience and sincerely took part in the program.

Enterprise development is itself a very important medium for the economical empowerment of women. Certainly without economical empowerment the different forms of violence against women will never end. Hence, Raksha Nepal wants to make the women strong, able and efficient with the help of economic empowerment programs such as: enterprise development training.

3. A Three month Free Basic Tailoring Training on 13 April 2016 

Raksha Nepal has been continuously running different programs for the economic empowerment of sexually exploited women and girls since last 12 years. In order to end different forms of violence against women and girls such as: rape, sexual violence and forced prostitution, Raksha Nepal has organized females in groups and provided different income generating skills and training.

On the auspicious occasion of Nepali New Year 2073, Raksha Nepal initiated a program of economic empowerment by distributing five tailoring machines to the 14 women’s groups on 13 April 2016. The program was formally inaugurated by the superstar of Nepali film industry actress Ms Rekha Thapa.

There were altogether 200 participants comprising women from 14 different groups and the program was organized at the local Youth Club. Inaugurating the program, Ms Rekha Thapa said that women should be self-dependent, employed and laborious, so that they will not fall prey to violence. She further said that she is working in the films which give the message on women empowerment.

 

Chairperson of Raksha Nepal, Ms Menuka Thapa informed about the aims of Raksha Nepal and said that Raksha Nepal has been working in the field of women empowerment since its establishment. She further said that the organization will also help in future for the economic empowerment of women. She asked the participants of the training to take part actively and seriously, so that they could use their skills practically in the future. She informed that the organization is ready to help other women and increase the assistance further, according to their progress.

Similarly, Ms Menuka Thapa felicitated the head of the 14 women’s groups at the occasion. Certainly, economic empowerment is a tool of ending violence against women and girls and Raksha Nepal wants to end forced prostitution and all forms of violence against women and girls through empowerment programs.

 

 

4. International Labor Day (May Day) Program at Raksha Nepal 01.05.2016

It is a well known fact that Raksha Nepal has been continuously working forward for the rights and empowerment of women and girls working in entertainment sectors by enhancing their knowledge and improving their socio- economic status. Raksha Nepal believes that such activities will be beneficial in ending all forms of violence against women.

Our sincere gratitude to Chief District Officer Mr Ram Krishna Subedi, Chief of District Women Development and Children Office Kathmandu Ms Anita Adhikari, DDC Senior Officials, Senior Journalists Suman Kharel, Manager of BFBS Radio BinodDhoj Khadka, Senior Advocate Dinesh Tripathi and Swagat Nepal, Student Leader Ms Nabina Lama, all other distinguished guests and the group members of Raksha Nepal for their precious time and attending in the International Labor Day Program organized by Raksha Nepal on 1st of May 2016.

In the program, Chief District Officer of Kathmandu Mr Ram Krishna Subedi was the chief guest. Altogether 300 women were present in the occasion. Addressing the meeting the Chief District Officer Mr Subedi and  Head of the Women Development and Children office Kathmandu Ms Adhikari said that they are always ready to assist Raksha Nepal in protecting the rights of the women workers and also fighting against sexual violence.

 

During the occasion, Raksha Nepal felicitated five women workers who are very active members of Raksha Nepal for their continuous labour, hard work and struggle that they have endured for their livelihood. Similarly, in the program certificates were also distributed to the trainees who completed their three months long income generating skills training by the chief guest. Thanks for all the distinguished guests for their very precious presence in the program. Finally, our sincere thanks to Mr Kishor Panthi for his valuable support to the sexual violence affected children.

 

5. A Workshop on Mediation to Resolve Community Conflicts 9 May 10, 2016

Raksha Nepal has been involving staffs frequently in different training, workshop and seminars in order to enhance their capacity. The aim of involving staffs in such programs is to make them able to help in ending sexual violence, rape and forced prostitution from Nepal. In the same context, there was a one day workshop "Mediation to Resolve Community Conflicts" at Hotel Tibet, Lazimpat, Kathmandu on 9 May, 2016 organized by the Institute for Peace and Justice, University of San Diego USA. Raksha Nepal family is very obliged to Dr Dee Aker, Director of Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, University of San Diego USA and Daniel Orth, Program Officer of the same institute for organizing such a wonderful and useful program.

 

About thirty participants were present on the Workshop. Thanks to all of the participants and the respected International personalities for your cooperation in organizing such wonderful program. We the participants of Raksha family benefitted a lot from the workshop and we are very hopeful that the skills learnt will be useful to our organization Raksha Nepal. The three main objectives of the workshop was to make the participants familiar with the meaning and definition of mediation, skills required for a mediator and to make acquaintance the participants about how to practice mediation in daily life. In the workshop, Dr Dee and Mr Daniel Orth described several interesting examples such as: active listening, asking good question, summarizing and reflecting techniques relating to the skills essential for a good mediator.

Certainly, these sorts of training will enhance the capacity of the staffs of Raksha Nepal to fight against sexual violence. Moreover, mediation is a very useful and appropriate way to resolve conflict within community, family, friends and in every aspects of life and finally will be helpful to build better relationship. At last, we also hope for the future cooperation from the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and justice.

 

6. Technology to End Human Trafficking 13.05.2016

Raksha Nepal has been working continuously since 12 years to end sexual violence, rape and forced prostitution against children, girls and women. It has also become essential to be conscious about and work along with the latest technology which in turn saves time and also helps to deliver services to the beneficiaries promptly.

There was two and half day long training program in Kalimati Kathmandu on Technology to End Human Trafficking. The program was organized by Effect Hackathon. During the 54 hours, international experts from Google team and Salesforce.com worked collaboratively to solve the technological problems of two non-profit organizations: Raksha Nepal and CWIN.

The international experts from Google and Salesforce worked collaboratively in designing new software programs to solve different technological problems of two organizations. It is hoped that the training program will be useful in reducing paper work and managing files and documents.

Raksha Nepal wants to thank all the international experts from Google and Sales force for their hard work and support. Finally, special thanks to Mr. Casey Allred and Ms Sandy Singh for organizing such a wonderful and useful program. It was really inspiring. Thank you to all the participants, partners and organizer of the program. In future, we also expect for such useful program from Effect Hackathon, Google team and the Sales force.

 

7. Enterprise Development Training 17.05.2016

In order to benefit the sexually exploited women economically, and make them able to start their new business, an enterprise development program is conducted monthly. In the month of May 2016, Raksha Nepal organized a Training program on entrepreneurial development to the beneficiaries in coordination with Rakshya Shree saving and credit cooperative.

 

On 14 May, 2016 altogether 17 beneficiaries were present and the training program lasted for two and half hours. The three staffs of Raksha Nepal who had participated in the ToT on March 2016 conducted the training program. During the training programs different topics were discussed with the participants such as: definition of business, advantages of setting up new business, and the ways to become a successful entrepreneur and when, where and how to set up a new business were instructed in a participatory way.

Also, the trainers (staffs of Raksha Nepal) illustrated the enterprise training lessons in an interesting way. Raksha Nepal will also conduct such trainings in future as well.

 

8. Interaction on ending Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Minors 23.05.2016

Raksha Nepal has been continuously fighting against all forms of sexual violence against women, children and girls since its establishment. The organization has also been doing continuous cooperation and collaboration with government and non-governmental organizations in ending all forms of sexual violence. On 23rd of May 2016, Chairperson of Raksha Nepal Menuka Thapa participated in a workshop organized by Central Children Welfare Committee to share experiences regarding commercial sexual exploitation of minors.

There was a mutual discussion and planning among Raksha Nepal, Ministry of Women, Children & Social Welfare, Central Child Welfare Committee of Legislative Assembly, Central Women Department, Nepal Police and others stakeholder organizations regarding the issues RESCUE & REHABILITATION of MINORS and WOMEN working in Cabin Restaurant, Dance bar, Massage parlor in vulnerable situation.

Along with Raksha Nepal, all the authorities mentioned above concerning women and children sat together and agreed on some important points. For example: immediately rescuing the minors under the age of 18 those who are working in cabin, dance bars, dohoree and massage parlors in a vulnerable state and make a rapid action team for the management and safe future of other girls. It is expected that the dream of Raksha Nepal and effort initiated by the organization twelve years ago is going to materialize in a solid state now. Raksha Nepal strongly demands a severe legal punishment to the perpetrators who are playing against the honor of innocent women and children. Furthermore, Raksha Nepal highly appreciates the high level government authorities for their positive initiation and commitment in ending sexual violence against minors.

 

 

9. Psycho social counseling training 27.05.2016

Raksha Nepal has been continuously supporting women and girls working in the entertainment sectors through different types of skills, vocational training and awareness programs to enhance their socio-economic status. Raksha Nepal also believes that unless a woman is economically strong violence towards her could not end. Along with this sorts of economic empowerment programs psycho-social counseling is also the most important one. The women working in these entertainment sectors such as: massage parlor, dance bar and cabin restaurant are depressed due to sexual violence and also due to the social stigma. So, psycho-social counseling is needed for the women to live a happy life.

On 27 May 2016, 15 women were present in the two hour long group counseling session. The counselor engaged the women in different activities in groups to understand the nature of depression, its causes and consequences. The women also expressed their grievances and problems relating to their work places to the counselor. It was really a very good interaction and sharing program.

Certainly, these types of programs will be very useful to the women mentally and socially who are panicked by different types of physical and sexual abuse. Nobody is able to perform their responsibility unless he or she is mentally sound. Hence, Raksha Nepal is confident that these sorts of programs will be beneficial to the women who suffered from depression, mental tension and different forms of violence.

 


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Background:

Raksha Nepal since last 11 years has been supporting girls, women and children working in the so-called entertainment sector and those any kinds of violence. It has been endlessly raising the voices against all kinds of crimes and violence in respective sectors, such as domestic violence,rape, polygamy, human trafficking, sexual violence, compulsive prostitution etc.

In Kathmandu and other main cities dance bars, guest houses, cabin restaurants, massage parlors, spa, local bars and similar means of entertainment sectors have been significantly growing in major cities of Nepal. The disadvantage of this sector leads towards vulnerability of young girls and women through sexual exploitation and abuses, trafficking, rape and HIV/AIDS. Considering that fact, mostly young girls from rural part of the country are being involved in these sectors, as they migrate to cities in search of better life and job prospects. In fact, the dream of finding happy life in major cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities leads young women to find an easy gateway to work in this sector. The employers or owners in the entertainment sectors deliberately looking forward to recruit those innocent girls coming from rural parts who can be easily convinced to involve in this sectors. Their work mainly focuses to win the interest of the customers and provide good hospitality and services. The business of an entertainment sector is mainly active in the evening to late night, where young girls have maximum risk to be exploited both physically and mentally. Due to poor economic conditions and lack of educational opportunities those innocent girls are compelled in these sectors as a means of earning their livelihood.

In situation where girls and women are being exploited in one way or other, RN is working to organize them, so that they are able to fight for their rights and exploitation. RN's main objective is to organize these women working in the so-called entertainment sector through different groups and provide the with different skill/vocational training. Moreover, RN has been providing these women with low interest credit through it's saving and credit cooperative, through this these women can start small scale business based on their skill.

This program has carried out by two major themes, one is advocate of their rights and safe working environment in their working premises and the other is empower them through trasforming skill and knowledge, such as: orientation on different issues/subjects, workshop and interaction programs, camapaign on dfferent issues, delegation and rally programs association with different organizations. 

Key Activities:

  • Meetings and coordination with the related stakeholders
  • Conduct workshop with media person on sensitize about trafficking, sexual exploitation and protection
  • Conduct non-formal education for targeted women/girls
  • Sensitize girls, women's about media and its role/responsibilities
  • Conduct vocational and skill development training for alternative livelihood
  • Temporary women shelter for Earth Quake victims

In Details:

Meetings and coordination with the related stakeholders: Raksha Nepal organized regular coordination meetings with issue related stakeholders and getting support from the concerned sector for victim women and girls. Through these regular meetings, RN working to make strong voice for protects their rights. In these meetings 40 different participants were participated from the different sectors. 12 participants from the establishments of owners, 2 representative from National Women Commission, 9 from media, 2 from police representative, 9 women from Raksha Women Network and 6 from staff members.

Conduct workshop with media person on sensitize about trafficking, sexual exploitation and protection: Raksha Nepal has been conducted interaction program with media person to share with them about reality of the entertainment sector and also trying to better image of those women and girls who are working in this sector. RN trying to buil better image of women and girls from so-called entertainment sector. RN invited most of the journalists from the reputed media but some major media houses sent their representatives, there were 6 journalists and 11 women from different women groups were participated. 

Conduct non-formal education for targeted women/girls: Raksha Nepal conducting 2 women schools collaboration with District Education Office for non-formal education. Providing adminitrative support for regularity of these schools. These women schools are providing basic and advance level education for sorrunding households women and women and grils from entertainment sector. There are around 185 women and girls receiving non-formal education from both schools. There are 100 women studying in the First Level and 50 women and girls are in Second and 35 are in Third Level. 

Sensitize girls, women's about media and its role/responsibilities: Raksha Nepal organized one day interaction program with the members from women network groups and union and also representative from different media houses. The main objective of the program was clarity on each others (worker women and media) job and responsibilities and also discussion about how can they do raise awareness against all kinds of violence in informal entertainment sector. At that program 27 participants were participated, among this 11 from different media, 16 from different women groups.

Conduct vocational and skill development training for alternative livelihood : Raksha Nepal has been provides different kinds of vocational/skill trainings to women and girls from different groups. RN also provides these different kinds of trainings to those women and girls who willing to start new business and self dependent. Raksha Nepal provides different rainings such as: tailoring, SPA, beauty parlor, cook etc. Raksha Nepal often discuss with group members and staff members and find out appropriate participants for the skill training, there were 30 women and girls participated in different trainings.

Temporary women shelter for Earth Quake victims : Raksha Nepal has been conducted temporary shelter for women and girls who are victims of Earth Quake. After great EQ many women and grils lost their homes and working establishments, also their small businesses. Raksha Nepal provides them shelter with other facilities such as : food, medicines and some cash support for reestablish their business. RN was started with 16 women and girls and 8 children later that number increaed to 75.

 

Dear Donors/Supporters

Greetings!

I am very happy to forward this progress report, however now a days we are facing difficulties in field due to that devastating Earth Quake. We are trying to support EQ victims this time and we are doing continue support in field. I would like to all of you for join hand for good cause with us and do continue support us doesn't matter big or small.

 

Thanks for your great support.

Best regards,

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Interaction with stakeholders...
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women studying in school...
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receiving beauty parlor training....
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women and children in temporary shelter...
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Coordination meeting...

Background:

Raksha Nepal (RN) since last 10 years has been supporting girls, women and their children working in the informal entertainment sector as well as the victims of different forms of violence. It has endlessly raising the voices against all kinds of crimes and violence in respective sectors, such as domestic violence, rape, polygemy, humantraficking, sexual violence, compulsive prostitution etc.

In situations where girls and women are being exploited in one way or other, RN is working to organize them, so that they are able to fight for their rights and exploitation. RN's main objective is to organize these women working in the entertainment sector through different groups and provide them with different skill training. Moreover, RN has been providing these women with low interest credit through it's saving and credit cooperative, so that these women can open small business of their own based on their skills. 

Raksha Nepal in 2004 was founded by the group of young women who were the victims of gender based violence (GBV). In the earlier days, RN started running with few target groups coming to one room rented place of the present for basic reading/writing classes and sharing of the ordeals those girls/women went through. In course of time, with small contributions from local donors, it was able to expand its programs in advocacy and media mobilization and in 2009, with the rehabilitation and reintegration. Combining both the advocacy and shelter proved to be more effective and successful. The radio programs covered whole nation, effect of which was issues on violence and forced prostitution was able to formed 20 women and girls groups in kathmandu valley. RN providing them skill development trainings and support low interest rate loan with some seed money for startup their new business.

Major Activities

  • To provide psychosocial and trauma counseling to build strength and to mentally prepare the target groups.
  • Meetings and coordination with the owners of the informal entertainment sectors, line ministries, National women commission, police and other related stakeholders.
  • Conduct workshop with media person on sensitize about trafficking, sexual exploitation etc.
  • Conduct vocational and skill development trainings for alternative livelihood. Basic skill development training on Sewing/cutting, SPA and Beauty parlor for 20 women and girls.
  • Conduct seminars and trainings for capacity building on leadership, protection, risk management, association and labor law for union members and other group members.

Activities in Details:

  • To provide psychosocial and trauma counseling to build strength and to mentally prepare the target groups: Raksha Nepal provides regular and required base counseling to victim women and girls. It's also provides counseling classes in different groups. RN also provides counseling to those women and girls as per their required who are not member of the organization or involved in groups. In this quarter counseling classes conducted in 3 groups for 62 women and girls. Out of these classes additionally provided basic counseling to 12 women in RN office. RN also provided psychosocial counseling to 2 rape victim girls as well. As per the group members requirements counselor has been provides counseling.

  • Meetings and coordination with the owners of the informal entertainment sectors, line ministries, National women commission, police and other related stakeholders: Raksha Nepal organized regular coordination meetings with issue related stakeholders and getting support from the concerned sector for victim women and girls.Through these regular meetings, RN working to make strong voice for protects their rights. Through this meeting 40 different participants were participated from the different sectors. 12 participants from the establishments of owners, 2 representative from National Women Commission, 9 from media, 2 from police representatives, 9 women from Raksha Women Network and 6 from staff members.Coordination meeting being continued and build advocacy for protect women and their rights.

  • Conduct workshop with media person on sensitize about trafficking, sexual exploitation etc: RN has been conducted interacting work shop with media person to share with them about reality of the entertainment sector and also trying to clean up image of those women and girls who are working in this sector. RN realized if media support to those women and expose of reality and condition of the women and girls, after the workshop media person has committed to support those women and girls for protect their rights. RN invited most of the journalist from the reputed media, major media houses sent their representatives for the discussion. 6 journalist and 11 women and girls from the women network and representatives from different women groups were participated and 4 staff member were also participated on that workshop.
  • Conduct vocational and skill development trainings for alternative livelihood. Basic skill development training on Sewing/cutting, SPA and Beauty parlor for 20 women and girls: Raksha Nepal has provides different kinds of skill training to those women and girls who are willing to start new business and self dependent. During this period RN has been provides different skills trainings such as Tailoring, SPA and Beauty parlor. Raksha Nepal often discusses with group members and staff members and finds out appropriate participants for the skill trainings; 30 women were participated. RN conducted Tailoring training in Raksha premises for 9 women and 2 women received beauty parlor training from training institute and the rest of the 19 women received the SPA training from the institute.
  • Conduct seminars and trainings for capacity building on leadership, protection, risk management, association and labor law for union members and other group members: Raksha Nepal capacitating to union and network members through organizing different capacity building activities. RN conducted Association and Labor law training for union and network members. Basically in this training they received knowledge about institutional system, role and responsibilities of the key members and basic terms about labor law. There were 20 participants, 9 from union and 11 from women networks. 2 days training was fully focusing on organizing and raise voice through collective way.

Dear Donors/Supporters

I am pleased to forward our quarterly major activities report. This is discription of major activities done in this reporting period. Now, we are receiving small support from DKA/KFB Austria with other number of individuals to raise a voice of these exploited women and girls.

Still, there are thousands of women and girls complled to work on vulnurable situation lack of better working option, we are try to support them to develop skill and more oppertunities. We are expecting more support from your side that we able to reach maximum numbers of women and girls with better options.

I hope this support will continue in future as well.

Best regards,

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During their group meeting..
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Capacity building training...
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Networking meeting...
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Practiccing beauty parlor training...
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Receiving non-formal education...

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Background:

Raksha Nepal in 2004 was formed by the group of young women who also were the victims of gender based violence, sexually exploited and rape victims. It is working for sexually exploited girls, women and their children. It also empowers and provides care and support to them. RN is run by women and girls who have been sexually exploited. Therefore, the organization is dedicated to those women and girls who have landed knowingly and unknowingly in the dance bars, massage parlors and cabin restaurants, where they are sexually exploited by the owners as well as the customers. RN is committed to making these women and girls aware of how to protect themselves in their current roles. RN also empowers them to build their capacity to identify alternative livelihood opportunities to start a safe and respectful life. Raksha Nepal believes that if women are confident and educated the entire family from it. This is one of the reasons that the organization is determined and committed to work towards the overall welfare of women and girls who are exploited and marginalized from the society.

Nepal being a patriarchal society, Nepali women face multiple forms of discrimination. Existing culture and legal inequalities are also some of the basis of abuse and exploitation. Women who have been working in dancebar, massage parlor, cabin restaurant as such are the most marginalized groups in the country, who face a higher risk of gender based violence than in any other job sector. This is serious issue and RN is steppeing up and working with the beneficiaries to tackle this problem in the work place violence.

Major Activities:

  • Publication of quarterly news letters for wider dissemination
  • Coordination meeting with the related stakeholders
  • Conduct awareness classes for group members and network members
  • Provide legal support to the rape victims

Activities in Details:

  • Publication of quarterly news letters for wider dissemination: Raksha Nepal has published quarterly newsletters since last year. RN published various information about the organization and its working issues and also published its women groups progress. After dissemination of the newsletters the women from the different areas have benefitted because they got different information about the different services and oppertunity provided by RN and other related government organization. Raksha Nepal included information about free trainings, loan facility from cooperative, counseling services, legal support success stories and many more. Raksha Nepal published more than 5 hundred copies in nepali version in every three months. 
  • Coordination meeting with the related stakeholders: Meetings and coordination with the owners and workers of the informal entertainment sectors and other related stakeholders. Raksha Nepal conducting coordination meetings with different related stakeholders in regular basis. Raksha Nepal trying to raise women issues and their voice in their issues related stakeholders. In September 16th Raksha Nepal jointly organized one coordination meeting with existing members of Constitution Assembly, security representatives, different trade union representatives, different political parties representatives, owners of the different establishments, women network members. The meeting's discussion was focused on mainly in informal entertainment sectors women and their problems along with trafficking issues. Members of parliamentry were promised and announce in important women issues. Likewise, security representatives also promise they will definitely support to solve these women issues and they already working on it. There were some trade union members and owners of the such establishments blame to security representatives about their behaviour especially when they are in duty, so they requested to make normal behaviour with women in their workplace.
  • Conduct awareness classes for group members and network members: Conduct awareness classes for targeted members on human trafficking, sexual exploitation at the work place and willing to join the informal entertainment sectors. During the group meetings and organizing some different workshops Raksha Nepals staff and some hired experts facilitates them regarding the mention issues. Raksha Nepal starting the second phase of the sesions in different groups. Women were very happy and they felt very smart themselves after geting such awareness classes. The second round of awareness classes conducting in 20 women groups.
  • Provide legal support to the rape victims: Raksha Nepal provide legal support for needy girls and women as and when they required. Legal support is one of the major services among the other services from the Raksha Nepal. Raksha Nepal provide this service through two ways, first, lawyers visit in women groups and providing legal awareness during their women group meetings program, and the second way of service providing is to rape vicitms. Raksha Nepal providing total free of cost legal suppor to the such type of vicitms until the case will be solved. Currenty, Raksha Nepal providing legal support to 4 vicitms of rape cases and RN also create and generate advocacy environment to the victims. 

Dear Donors/Supporters

We are very thankful for your great support to the victims. We are fighting with the various problems of women and children. Without your support we cannot do in future as well, so we appeal you all please do support us for social cause and give them peace and incourage to women, girls and children.

 

Thank you very much for your great support.

Ragards,

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getting refereshment after awareness classes....
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demonstrating and raising voice .....
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women in their group meeting..
During Art Therapy Training
During Art Therapy Training

Background of the organization:

Raksha Nepal in 2004 was formed by the group of young women who also were the victims of gender based violence (GBV). In the earlier days, RN started running with few target groups coming to one room rented place of the Present for basic reading/writing classes and sharing of the ordeals those girls/women went through. In course of time, with small contributions from local donors, it was able to expand its programs in advocacy and media mobilization and recently (in 2009) with the rehabilitation and reintegration. Combining both the advocacy and shelter proved to be more effective and successful. The radio programs covered whole nation, effect of which was issues on GBV and forced prostitution was able to form 21 listener clubs in many parts of the country. The same listener clubs have been mobilized in the grassroots level to advocate and aware people against above issues.

Raksha Nepal since last 10 years has been supporting girls, women and their children working in the informal so called entertainment sector as well as the victims of violence, It has been endlessly raising the voices against all kinds of crimes and violence in respective sectors, such as domestic violence, rape, polygamy, human trafficking, sexual violence, compulsive prostitution etc.
In situations where girls and women are being exploited in one way or other, RN is working to organize them, so that they are able to fight for their rights and exploitation. RN’s main objective is to organize these women working in the entertainment sector through different groups and provide them with different skill training. Moreover, RN has been providing these women with low interest credit through it's saving and credit cooperative, so that these women can open small business of their own based on their skills.

Involvement of the past victims who have already spent some months in RN’s temporary rehabilitation centre as resource persons while designing this project has been crucial. By and large, the project has been developed in consultation with different stakeholders including target groups therefore; the activities for intervention have been designed in line with their request.

Major Activities of the Quarter:

  • To Provide psychosocial and trauma counseling to mentally prepare the target groups.
  • Meetings and coordination with the owners of the informal entertainment sectors.
  • Provide legal support for needy girls and women as and when required.
  • Conduct vocational and skill development training for alternative livelihood (Sewing/cutting, cookery, SPA and Driving), advanced level trainings for 15 women and girls.
  • Coordination with different media for advocate women rights

Activities in Details:

  • To Provide psychosocial and trauma counseling to mentally prepare the target groups: Raksha Nepal  Provide psychosocial and trauma counseling to mentally prepare the target groups. RN providing counseling service in different level and different stages to the group members and by group coaching and individual level as well. Regular field visits and provide counseling to the group and its members by RN staff members and consultant counselor. In 21 groups two times within a year counselor provided counseling coaching and find out the individuals problem and also findout who really need what types of counseling. After visiting and providing group counseling at their working places, counselor also provides regular counseling to the individual in Raksha premises. RN had been providing counseling support since 2011, and through July 2014 has helped more than 163 women and girls who received individual counseling within the period. Through counseling in group meetings or other programs women often share their views that they are very happy and able to tackle and gained confidence day by day.

  • Meetings and coordination with the owners of the informal entertainment sectors: RN holding coordination meeting with different stake holders in regular basis. Raksha Nepal tried to raise women issues and tried to solve it through the help of different stakeholders who are directly related in this issue. Through these meetings RN collects the support and voice to protect the rights of women and girls collectively and also disseminate the information about the informal entertainment sector. And also, women and girls who are working in the same sector. RN conducted 1 coordination meetings within this quarter held in Durbar Marg premises dated 23 June 2014, with different stakeholders. RN facilitate them for the protect rights of women and girls from the informal entertainment sectors. More than 55 stakeholders participated in the meetings; the participants were from administrative office, police representatives, and owners, representatives from different associations, and members from the proposed union and women from network.
  • Provide legal support for needy girls and women as and when required: Provide legal support for needy girls and women as and when required. Legal support is one of the major services among the other services from the Raksha Nepal. RN provide this service from two ways, one conducting the regular visit program and increased the legal awareness during the group meeting programs and the other way of support is case study and provided free legal support. In this way, RN is continuing legal support program to the needy women and girls. Similarly, women and girls come to RN and they expect support from the RN on legal perspectives. As we know, women and girls are facing various forms of violence and mistreatment due to lack of awareness. As they are unable to manage such problems or don’t know where they can go, the culprits take advantage of them and use them to their benefits.Number of women and girls have come to RN through various sources, such as from mouth to mouth, other organizations referral, by listening RN’s radio program or talking with field staff where they refer to RN. There are some organizations also referring to RN for legal and other support to the women and girl victims, especially from the field of informal entertainment sector. In the past quarter, RN supported more than 98 women in legal advice on their cases and 3 field cases for property and 3 cases of rape were filed. These women were provided with free legal aid and provided transit shelter as required.
  • Conduct vocational and skill development training for alternative livelihood (Sewing/cutting, cookery, SPA and Driving), advanced level trainings for 15 women and girls :  RN Conducted vocational and skill development trainings for alternative livelihood (Sewing/cutting, cookery and SPA ), basic level trainings for 15 women and girls. Raksha Nepal conducted various skill trainings in Basic and Advance level for the women and girls from the 21 groups. This quarter RN provided different Basic skill training for 25 women and girls, in tailoring 9 are still receiving in new season which is conducting in RN premises, 20 women and girls has been received SPA training in April-June 2014, 3 girls are receiving Beauty parlor training in this quarter and 2 women receiving cookery training. 
  • Radio Program: Raksha Nepal conducted radio program for awareness and campaigning to protect and promoting women’s rights. RN is also closely working with different media. The radio program started from last year with a joint effort with Radio City FM and Raksha Nepal. We completed more than 104 episodes within 2 year period and have broadcasted same number of participants with different understandings and suggestions on women rights, women issues, voice against all kind of violence, awareness raising on different issues, experience sharing, happiness sharing, etc. Interviews on lots of other activities through the radio program were broadcasted. Thousands of women succeeded to find RN office and get its services. Radio program also supported in disseminating the information about different issues in wider range. We have experiences to interact with women who are coming in RN office from surrounding districts after they heard stories about RN’s activities and support through same radio program.

 

Dear Donors and Supporters,


We are currently working to support these regular activities through the continued donations that we receive. All   these donations are vital to keeping our programs going, and to helping to provide better lives for these women and children. We greatly appreciate your continued support and suggestions as well.

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During the meeting
During the network meeting
During the network meeting
Women protesting for their rights
Women protesting for their rights
 

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Raksha Nepal

Location: Kathmandu, non - Nepal
Website: http:/​/​www.rakshanepal.org,info@rakshanepal.org
Project Leader:
Rabin Malla
Kathmandu, non Nepal

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