Women have a central role within societies, it is often the women who do the majority of agricultural activities and ensure food security for their families. Though these activities represent more than 80% of the average family’s income, women remain excluded from training, education, extension support, irrigation management, and financial credit. They also lack control and ownership over the family’s resources.
Although women and girls face immense barriers with regards to equal access to resources and opportunities, few NGOs are present in the remote areas of the Himalayas. In fact, Norlha is one of the only experienced NGOs with a regional focus on the Himalayas, and that specifically addresses Gender. We believe there is a real need to support and empower Himalayan women; a unique contribution Norlha can make to the development in the region.
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The Centre for Women in the Himalayas will be a key plank of Norlha’s strategy in the years ahead. Norlha, along with other international organisations including the UN, recognizes that targetting women is the most efficient way to achieving sustainable development; the central task of the Centre is to drive that dynamic.
In this region, women’s situation is particularly difficult. Following the economic migration of men to the cities, women in Nepal are currently responsible for more than 85% of all agricultural work. However, their intense labour does not result in an increase in their income. Indeed, widespread gender discrimination prevents them from sustainably improving their living conditions.
The project is located in Gatlang in the district of Rasuwa – a rural, mountainous and very poor region of Nepal. Overall 25% of households in Rasuwa and 20% of the ones in Gatlang have at least one family member who is absent for more than 6 months a year, almost three quarters of whom are men. Male out migration in rural areas has become a coping mechanism aimed at overcoming poverty.