Women in Nepal bear almost all responsibility for meeting basic needs of the family, yet are systematically denied the resources, information and freedom of action they need to fulfill this responsibility. VIN's Women's Empowerment program provides income-generating education and support for women, that they may achieve their pursuit of a healthy and sustainable livelihood.
Investing in women is investing in communities. Studies show that when women are supported and empowered, all of society benefits. Their families are healthier, more children go to school, agricultural productivity improves and incomes increase.
Empowerment through education and skills-oriented training
We run women's education classes in needy communities; since 2009 we have taught over 250 women in literacy classes which are taught by other local women and overseen by the women’s program expert to help everyone learn to a good standard. Women need to be able to speak good English to access career options through the internet, through authentic materials in the English language and because companies prefer to employ people with good spoken English.
The women then receive skills-orientated training so that they can generate some income through projects such as vegetable farming (organic and non organic), livestock, incense making, candle making and dry food making. They have regular meetings and save some money every month in their saving-credit groups. The women are also given training in organic agriculture to help the organic movement, which is labor intensive and to give people a chance to meet, talk, learn and exchange views with others in the movement.
Discussion meetings on the issues that matter
Working towards women's empowerment enables one to support women in their pursuit of a healthy and sustainable livelihood. Women's groups provide a forum for issues such as family health, women's rights, access to resources, income generation, and other challenges women face in their daily lives.
The empowerment process does not only bring out the confidence of the women, but will also stimulate leadership and teach them about independence, initiative, self-motivation, and raise awareness among them about how to take care of oneself.
Volunteer with the Women's Empowerment program in Nepal
As a volunteer you will be given the freedom to create various activities that require the women to apply what they have learned from workshops
VIN has the following key programs to empower the local women:
Education (Literacy), rights and life skills
Saving and credit - micro-credit through the establishment of cooperative
Income generative skills training - agriculture and non agriculture products
Women's health and maternity education
Teaching English Language for young women.
"None of us can move forward if half of us are held back"
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Women Empowerment programs ?
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Program at a Glance
Food and Accommodation:
1st and 15th of each month
English (Basic Nepali is provided)
Nepali standard with host family in the working community
Working with women in the field, account keeping, awareness raising, technical skills, small grant writing
Women from disadvantaged community
4 to 5 hours a day, 6 days a week
No formal training required, passion to work with women, flexible attitude
$385-$1355 depending on the length of stay.