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RUWON Nepal - Safeworld Field Partner - organised a two-days' training for 16 children's clubs, to raise awareness about gender equality & children's rights....

Badi sex workers await rehabilitation. |  Photo: Naresh Newar/IPS

Four years ago the Nepal government banned the Badis from pursuing their traditional occupation after it came under pressure from local communities fearing that the districts where there were Badi concentrations were turning into red light areas.

But, the government made no move to implement the ban, with the result that local communities formed monitoring groups backed by vigilantes that used violent methods to compel the Badis to give up their sole means of livelihood.


For women in Nepal, home is the least safe place to be.

It is in the home that women are most likely to be abused in some way: violence, marital rape, physical abuse, mental torture, polygamy, and lastly –  being forced out of home without access to food and necessities.

Moreover, there is a social stigma associated with divorce...


Trafficking & prostitution are rampant in Nepal.

RUWON Nepal held a two-day workshop to raise awareness of the issue, in partnership with the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women - Asia Pacific.

Radhika Poudel

The photo is no bigger than a matchbook. In it, a man with stubble on his chin and a pink Nepalese hat on his head peers out from a simple white background.

His eyes, tiny black dots, squint ever-so-slightly at the camera.

For months at a time, this is all Radhika Poudel sees of her husband.


Sept 2011: There were young girls from the remote Nepali district of Humla... living for the past nine years as orphans despite having parents back home. They were rescued from the centre...

Children perform at a Nepali Circus: Still from Al-Jazeera Video

For decades, Nepali children, mostly girls, have been sought by Indian circuses for their fair skin and beauty.

Often sold to traffickers by their parents, the children are enticed with stories of beautiful new clothes, a glamorous and exciting life, the chance of an education and a regular wage.

Children, sometimes as young as five years old, have been taken and, in some cases, never seen again. An NGO, The Esther Benjamins Memorial Foundation, works to rescue them.

Chandrakumari Paneru, (fifth from right), at the Bhorle Community Seed Bank. Photo: Sudeshna Sarkar/IPS

Learning a lesson from crop failures attributed to climate change, Nepal’s women farmers are discarding imported hybrid seeds and husbanding hardier local varieties in cooperative seed banks.



Did you bring medicines, an old woman asked. When I said no, she asked, Why did you come here then?

There were no boys, only women and girls to carry our luggage.

The women carry 50kg of rice on their backs. The food aid is like a punishment from God


Funding from Austria helps Nepalese students.

RUWON Nepal has been working in the partnership with DKA Austria to teach children and youth in Nepal about their rights and gender equality issues.

Kamala Vishwarkarmas sits inside her goth, where she has been staying alone during the week of her monthly period. 'Chhaupadi’, the Nepalese practice of segregating menstruating women from their houses and men, was outlawed by Nepal's supreme court in 2005

Every month, some menstruating women in Nepal, have to sleep alone in dark, windowless mud huts called goths.

This is Chhaupadi, the Nepalese practice of segregating menstruating women from their houses and men.

A practice that was outlawed by Nepal's supreme court in 2005

Olga Murray and children in Nepal

Olga Murray is 86.

20 years ago she founded the Nepal Youth Foundation, which amongst other things helps to rescue young Nepalese girls from indentured servitude

Clara Boxall from Safe World interviews Olga about her work