Rural women in Nepal
The UN’s International Day of Rural Women, on 15 October, is a chance for us to celebrate “the critical role and contribution of rural women in enhancing agricultural and rural development and eradicating rural poverty.”
In Nepal, the surge in recent years in the number of Lahure (migrant workers) has seen women take a prominent role in rural communities. Many villages have welcomed the emergence of Mothers’ Groups, which take responsibility for village social and development activities.
How are we helping?
At the GWT, we are committed to supporting rural women in Nepal. A large number of our Welfare Pensioners – with all the ensuing benefits – are the widows of ex-Gurkha servicemen, while our medical camps offer free gynaecological advice and treatment to Nepali women in rural areas.
Our Rural Water & Sanitation Programme puts emphasis on female involvement in village Committees. Women are also the prime beneficiaries of these schemes, with dramatically reduced labour hours. To date, around 300,000 people in over 1,400 villages have enjoyed the benefits of the RWSP.
Education in Nepal
According to Unicef statistics for 2008-2012, over 90% of girls attended primary education, although this drops to 66% at secondary level. Female literacy rates still lag behind male equivalents. The Trust’s school improvement programme aims to increase opportunity for all Nepali children – girls and boys – to access education.