Our Current Project

Project Name: SAKSHAM MAHILA : Empowement of Women with Disabilities in Nepal
Duration: 2016 - 2020
Supported by: CBM

Project Name: Social security & rehabilitation for surviour of violence, homeless & helpless
Duration: 2016 - 2017
Supported By: Ministry of Women, Children And Social Welfare Council

Project Name: SAKSHAM MAHILA : Empowement of Women with Disabilities in Nepal
Duration: 2016 - 2020
Supported by: CBM

About Us

Organization and Management

Annual General Meeting is the supreme body responsible for election of Executive Committee (EC) and also to make the constitutional decisions. The Executive Committee (EC) con- sists of 13 members representing from different categories of the disability. Under the EC, there is a secretariat consisting of the Chairperson, General Secretary and the Treasurer. This secretariat is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the organisation and also the projects and programmes. Currently, NDWA has staff strength of 16 belonging to the 6 different projects where each project is headed by a Programme Officer or the Coordinator. NDWA has expanded its local chapters in 17 districts of Nepal (out of 75), 65 Self help group at village development level and 31 districts covering by NDWA’s program. In addition, there are regional offices established in the Eastern and far western development region of Nepal.

Strategies & Approaches:

  • Rights Based Approach
  • Organization development & Strengthening
  • Networking & Alliance building
  • Collaboration and cooperation
  • Inclusion & participation
  • Acceptance of diversity
  • Equality and Equity
  • Accessibility

 

Current Situation of WWDs in Nepal:

The majority of women in Nepal are discriminated across gender lines, and the  patriarchal nature of Nepalese society has pushed Nepalese women to lag  behind in several socio-economic dimensions. WWDs face historical  exclusion and multiple deprivations in all spheres of life and also in development endeavors. People do not comprehend disability from a social and human rights perspective. The family or the community considers disability as a disease and  illness that even disables the productivity and their capacity. The  generally perceived thinking is that disability is a result of sin they committed in their previous life. As a result, WWDs are facing double discrimination (gender and disability) or even more when other forms of  discrimination such as caste or geographical remoteness is coupled with. Disability has been a major cause to prevent WWDs from  getting married which leads them to face social stigma. Despite the high potentialities and capacity WWDs possess, they face difficulty to be  accepted that they can also contribute to the building of family and society.

  • Multiple discrimination: Gender identity, disability and poverty. Other issues; caste, HIV/AIDs geographical remoteness further   deteriorates the situation
  • Conceptual barriers: (mindset, language, treating as object, unproductive and unskilled resource, therefore needing no investment)
  • WWDs and Violence: Physical-80%, sexual- 50%, domestic-60%, verbal harassment- 30%. (source: According to NDWA research    report 2007)
  • Legal barriers:  Existing laws are either discriminatory or do not provision rights for WWDs.
  • Deprived from opportunities, socially, politically and economically unsecured and suffering from inferiority complex.  
  • Lack of mechanisms to promote or protect rights of WWDs
  • WWDs and their issues have not been the agenda for general women movement
  • Poor general  health & reproductive health condition of WWDs
  • Women with Disabilities Movement in Nepal:
  • From early 1990, after the re-instatement of democracy along with freedom to get organized
  • In order to effectively address the issues of WWDs, an ‘Off organization’ felt necessary
  • As a result NDWA was established in 1998 lead by the all kind of WWDs
  • Main focus has to develop the capacity of WWDs along with advocating for the rights i.e. education, health/reproductive health, livelihood, rehabilitation & social security, against violence, representation/participation NDWA is a better position to develop networking and coordination among Disabled people’s organizations, Women   organizations, human rights organizations, others networks & alliances

Women with Disabilities Movement in Nepal:

  • From early 1990, after the re-instatement of democracy along with freedom to get organized
  • In order to effectively address the issues of WWDs, an ‘Off organization’ felt necessary
  • As a result NDWA was established in 1998 lead by the all kind of WWDs
  • Main focus has to develop the capacity of WWDs along with advocating for the rights i.e. education, health/reproductive health,    livelihood, rehabilitation & social security, against violence, representation/participation
  • NDWA is a better position to develop networking and coordination among Disabled people’s organizations, Women   organizations, human rights organizations, others networks & alliances

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