Women Awareness Center Nepal

Earthquake Relief Update

On April 25, 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. The earthquake had a devastating impact. On may 12th, 2015 a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck again while the country was still dealing with the tremors from the initial earthquake adding to the fatalities and casualties.

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To Our Friends and Supporters

Prativa Subedi

As we go forward, we continue to believe that a focus on poverty alleviation will be the most effective measure in empowering women, men, and children as well as generally improving the lives of disadvantaged people.  We have designed an economic model that brings women into leadership roles. Our savings and credit cooperatives and community based development activities enable women to address their strategic needs, become financially secure, enter the decision-making processes of their households, and, overall, become more active in their community. Their achievements in these areas benefit the entire family. Our main strategy is to build the capacity of women’s groups, registering them as cooperatives, thus allowing them to operate as an independent institution. Our success lies in the fact that where we were once initiating development work, women’s groups are now using our methods to execute their own development activities. WACN’s cost-effective poverty reduction programs can be replicated throughout the developing world.  

We must now meet the demands of women’s groups scattered across Nepal that have approached WACN for support in developing their local organizations. Training is crucial. After women receive training, they more fully utilize the savings and credit line available to them, becoming empowered in the process. At present (2016), WACN has 41 women’s cooperatives and informal groups consisting of  approximately 40,000 members. With little outside funding,  WACN has generated more than $4 million in women's savings and investments.  We primarily serve four districts of Nepal: the VDCs of Kavre, Chitwon, Makwanpur and Kathmandu. However, we also provide training and support to women in other districts. Currently, WACN advocates for the strengthening of existing women's groups, a better allocation of government resources, and a more effective implementation of legal rights already granted to women. WACN is also in the process of launching a campaign to include more women in the decision-making processes of the local government. While the Constitution of 2016 mandates that 40% at the local level mechanisms comprise women, representation of women in other civil sectors remains low.  This problem is partially due to the suspension of local elections in 2002. Their re-enactment would provide women with the means to enter grassroots politics. 

WACN has been able to work in a sustainable way through the determination and commitment of board members, staff, and volunteers. We have found the strength to move ahead from the encouragement of WACN members, volunteers and supporters at different levels. We are also thankful for external funding from our working partners. International Development Exchange (IDEX), Match International Fund, World Education Nepal, Go Campaign and Global Fund for Women. We have found that short term funding that lasts only one year does not contribute meaningfully to community based development work and women's empowerment campaign. More long-term support is needed to sufficiently prepare the community for a successful handover of leadership and continuation of  goals from women's empowerment campaign.

    • Aug 12th 2016
    • Prativa Subedi
    • President
    • WACN
    • Organization in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

Recent news
  • Aug

    WACN is currently runnuing 21 week long Farmer's Field School Program  in 9 VDCs of Kavre with the support from World Education, Global Fund for Women (GFW) and Internaltional Development

  • Aug

    WACN organized a one day interaction event on the merger policy of financial institutions in May 2016. Cooperative leaders wanted more information on merger policy of financial institutions and how



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