PROSPEROUS AND CREATIVE SOCIERY
WOSCC Est: 1992 AD

 Man Maya Lopchan     Wage Labour to Entrepreneur     Community Learning and Action Center (CLAC)     Training on NRM groups on Governance, Biodiversity Conservation and GESI      Orientation program for women about law and rights based approach     Paralegal support and awarness     Strengthening Role of PVSE Women      Different training relating to the income generating activities     Capacitating Skill and Awareness     Conduction of Reflect Centre     Empowering Women in the Churia Area   

Our Projects - WE CAN Campaign



We Can Nepal was launched in 2004- as part of the six-country South Asian initiative. The campaign started with an attempt to fight traditional customs and beliefs by changing the attitudes of Nepali people, with the help of Change Makers.

The We Can campaign in Nepal launched in Kathmandu with a huge event the Women's Court followed by five round table discussions. More than 800 people from 28 districts participated in the event. Women victims of trafficking shared their pain, suffering, coercion, humiliation and social exclusion caused to them by the state, individual perpetrators and even their own family members.

The We Can campaign was publicized through a number of organizations established at different districts all over the country who were either already working on the issues of the violence against women, or were keen to do so. Women Skill Creation Centre Nepal was among one of the organization. Over 100 of the organizations joined the campaign as alliance members. They distribute positive campaign messages and the formation of a huge force of Change Makers to help challenge dominant stereotypes, male behavior patterns, gender hierarchies and inequalities, and also provide alternate views of masculinity that demonstrate more equal role models, behaviors and values.

Objectives

To work to end violence against women by capacity building of the huge mass of Change Makers.

Increase the number of change makers.

Work with different people like students, housewives, teachers, doctors, lawyers, businessman, policy makers, religious, groups, rural population, civil societies, government line agencies with close coordination and cooperation to find a strong solution to this social injustice.

Conducting highly visible public mobilization programs, workshops, assembly, and using information, education and communication (IEC) materials for disseminating message of the campaign.

Project Areas

12 districts:  Chitwan, Makwanpur, Bara, Parsa, Rautahat, Sindhuli, Sarlahi, Parwat, Magdi, Baglung, Mahottari, Dhanusha.

Indirectly campaign supporting districts were Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Banke, Kaski, Bardiya, Bara, Kavre; in total 9 districts.

VDCs covered in Makwanpur district: Bhimphedi, Nibuwatar, Bhaise, Daman, Palung, Gadhi, Aambhanjyang.

Project Period

From 2004 to 2011


Major Achievements

Radio program transmissions from 2005-2010 became a good way to reach a wider audience in rural and remote areas which, because of diverse topographical variations, is sometimes hard to do by other means.

A door-to-door program was conducted during 2009 and 2010 to engage and reengage Change Makers. WOSCC has formed more than 45 thousand of change makers and Alliance 830 volunteer facilitators traveled to 40 districts to reach around 94,000 Change Makers.

The use of innovative campaign materials (like wall calendars, newsletters, posters and booklets) by Change Makers during events (like 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, door-to-door programs, rallies, and International Women's Day) effectively raised the level of awareness of violence against women among the public. Similarly, campaign materials also facilitated attitude shifts and behavioral changes towards prevailing discriminatory practices against women in the general public.

Since youth are the power and future of the nation, different interactive programs such as cultural events and debate competitions about the issue of violence against women have been conducted for schools, colleges and other educational institutions. Parent-teacher, teacher-teacher, and student-teacher interactions were also carried out. The programs' objective was to mobilize and gather support from youth to propel a large movement to end violence against women.

Since music and plays can effectively spread messages and melt away barriers of language, culture and religion, national folk song competitions, street dramas and musical group performances were conducted to reach larger audiences and open discussions on gender discrimination and violence.

Rallies have been organized during different occasions (like 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence and International Women's Day) at national, regional and district level to draw attention of VAW to a larger mass of people and disseminate campaign messages through pamphlets and slogans.

The We Can East West National March successfully utilized local resources and reengaged Change Makers. Initiated with an objective to gather a large mass of people from all over the country to build awareness against VAW, the march marked an active participation of people from social organizations, I/NGOs, government organizations, municipalities, schools, and the mass media. The participation and mobilization of local alliance members and Change Makers during the march was exemplary.

With more and more organizations joining the campaign, a need emerged for a separate governing body to coordinate their activities as well as those of Change Makers. Accordingly, a We Can National Secretariat for Nepal was established in February 2008 to perform this task. And in April 2011 a National Alliance Network was created to maintain the cooperation and collaboration between alliance members and Change Makers.

Challenges

It's very difficult to mobilize the different personalities on the issue of violence against women in patriarchal society like Nepal.

Increasing the number of change makers ensure the success of campaign but it is very hard to mobilize these change make and need huge effort.

Lesson Learned

To end all form of violence against women, we need huge resources and effort to reach at the grassroots level. 

Collaborating and partnering with local organization to work on common issues is very fruitful and lead to success.


Message

President Message

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Success Story
Man Maya Lopchan
Ms. Manmaya Lopchan, a daughter of Mr. Arjun Lopchan resident of Hetauda municipality -11. She has 11 family members in her home. While see was studying in grade 3, a broker was come in her house, during that time she was 13 yrs old.
Wage Labour to Entrepreneur
Sumitra was born in 1965 in Ramechhap a hill district of Nepal. She got married with Mr. Ganesh Basnet in Ramechhap when she was 18 yrs old. She has 3 sons; Purushotam, Puskar and Pujan are 11, 9 and 7 yrs old respectively.


Women Skill Creation Centre

Hetauda- 4, Makwanpur, Nepal,

Tel: 057-525115, 057-524221
URL: http://www.woscc.org.np,
Email: info@woscc.org.np

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