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Empowering to access Justice and Resources among Marginalized people in selected sites of Rupandehi district. In Nepali, the Project name is 'Sabal' (???).

Project Summary

Rupandehi district lies in Terai (lower plains bordering to India) of Western Development Region, is home to numerous intricately linked violence, which encompass gender, ethnic, religious, and caste respectively.


Here it is important to mention that Women, Dalit (low caste) and people with Disablity are most at risk of various forms of violence due to societal preoccupied structural mindset such as social, cultural, gender and patriarchal nature etc. Their access to legal empowerment and justice are limited. Though the country's constitution has not demarcated any barriers and is inclusive in nature.


So, intervention needed in bringing attention of the key stakeholders about the various forms of violence Women, Dalits and Disabled are facing, bringing them to transitional justice, take concerns over their Rights being human. Existing legal provisions, their updates, advocacy for new policy formulation by enhancing policy debates are necessary to disseminate, enhancing stakeholders understandings, measures to reduce discriminatory environment and increase their access to the available services are important to help them to live a dignified life.


Hence, NAMUNA proposed to empower these groups of people through use of democratic instruments and facilitates fostering an environment to increase the stakeholders' capacity to create an enabling environment, use media to foster democratic practices and capacitates these groups to increase their access to livelihood opportunities through their skill enhancement and entrepreneurship promotion to earn a dignified life. 

Current Situation

The current scenario can be elaborated as below,


Women- suffering with political, social, economic, dowry, early child marriage, rapes, domestic violence that in extreme cases lead to suicide, witchcraft forms of violence, thus remain deprived, disadvantaged, distanced and poor. Asia Foundation report has mentioned that women are vulnerable to both domestic and public violence, such as rape, sexual abuse in the workplace, human trafficking, traditional practices, such as dowry-related violence can also be life threatening.


Dalit (so called low caste people) - Rupandehi, is the home of hill (pahade) and terai Dalits. Among hill Dalits, their economic situation is betterof due to their access to better businesses, abroad employment and involvement with power sharing with major political parties. Though, some forms of untouchability confined among them e.g., kami bishwokarma who considers themselves as better in hierarchy (thulo) than sarki (sano). However, terai Dalits situation even more deplorable. They are lagging far behind in education, health and several other sectors, among them the socio-economic conditions of the women are even worse. Virtually, they are Dalits of the Dalits.  


Disability Socially, disable people mostly do not counted as family members. Additionally, facing discrimination by the state due to unfriendly working environment, limited access to power property and prestige. On medical side, disabled have the same health needs as non-disabled people for Reproductive Health, cancer screening and other forms of medical needs. However, lacks proper attentions due to the ignorance and in some cases they need escorting to access the services, hence, get deprived.


The reasons are, mostly they're fragmented, facing livelihood challenges due to poverty and curbed with the implications associated, not aware about their Rights, policies knowledge, their timely updates for making them friendlier for creating enabling environment are lacking, stigmatised and thus discriminated.

Solution Proposed

NAMUNA proposed addressing the structural problems in the form of a 3 yrs project in selected sites of the district. The project could systematically and intensely address issues of women, Dalits and differently able people, which depicts that they're lying at the high threshold of vulnerability. So, integrated approaches and non-alligned "Safe Space" are created in the form of a platform where Women, Dalits and Disabled can put their voices on their behalf for proper representation and developing friendly unbiased policies on their behalf. Additionally the project, - Identify cases of Violence against Women (Gender based, domestic or custodian), cases of Disability and their access status to available resources/provision and Dalits for the cases of stigma and discrimination. - Legal empowerment of girls/Women, Dalit and Disabled through peer support, their Rights and Responsibilities - through paralegal activists who could be capacitate on women, Dalits and Disability issues, grass root organisations, Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHV) and through Social Mobilisors.- Working through Network among like-minded organisations as a pressure group for solidarity and Human Rights Organisations (NHRC) and Nepal Bar's district chapter for collaborative action.- Capacity building of key stakeholders on perceiving the specific needs of women, Dalits and Disabled people in order to make appropriate access for their inclusion in service provision (health, education, empowerment and development work) and legal implications.- Capacity building for empowerment through increasing access for livelihood provisions through skill enhancement of vulnerable and those faced violence for self-sustainance. Nanda et al. (2013) finds that livelihoods can empower young girls and improve their self-efficacy, increase their mobility and voice, and enhance their value to the family. Mainstreaming is now promoted as a way of expanding vocational training opportunities for disabled people, and of promoting their integration into society.- Lobbying for establishing a "Safe House" for the women who faced violence and in need of the legal services. This is felt genuine that women who faced domestic violence or attempt of rape could not stay home temporarily. As she liable to face many forms of pressure to 'shut up her mouth'.- The cases of any forms of violence against women, Dalits and Disabled mostly grabbed at the grass root level and so hardly few cases get surfaced. Media assistance will be taken to highlight such cases and play better role for general awareness.

Project Cost Breakdown

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NGO/INGO Information

NAMUNA
Name: NAMUNA
Website: http://www.namuna.org.np
Address: Bank Colony, ward # 8,
City/Country: Bhairahawa, Nepal
Contact Person: Dinesh Poudyal, Team Leader
Mobile Contact: +9779847039277
Landline Contact: +977 71 527205
Email Contact: dinesh.namuna@gmail.com
Needed: NRS 13,611,500.00
Collected: NRS 0
May 15th 2017

Project Date

Starting: Jun 1st 2017
Finishing: May 1st 2019
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