3. Field Visit Report

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Woman for Human Rights, Single Woman group (WHR)

Introduction:

An assignment was given to us through a group field visit at an organization for Woman’s Rights and to write report. The main purpose of the visit was to learn about the organization Woman for Human Rights, Single Woman Group (WHR) its goals and objectives, its main actives and also to find out the need of counseling for single women.

Objectives:

  • To get an understanding of the theoretical knowledge in practice
  • To gain firsthand experience in building counseling skill
  • To develop our report writing skills

Overview of the trip:

Post Graduate Diploma in counseling Psychology (PGDCP) Program, Department of Psychology and Philosophy, Tri-Chandra Multiple Campus, had organized a field visit on 12th December, 2018 to WHR, located in Baluwatar.

The visit was organized with prior permission and guidance of Program Co-coordinator Dr. Govinda S. Upadhyaya.

We reached WHR premises at Baluwatar at around 2:00 PM. At the very beginning we met Kunta Sharma, who has been working for Woman for Human Rights, Single Woman group (WHR) We sat in the introduction class there, observed the activities program and asked different questions.

  • About WHR
  • Vision
  • Mission
  • Objective
  • Major activities

About WHR:

Women For Human Rights Single Women Group (WHR) was established in 1994, is a non-governmental organization working for the socio-culturalq’A, economic and political rights of the single women (widows) of Nepal. WHR envisages to create a just and an equitable society where there will be “No discrimination on the basis of Marital Status.”

WHR initially focus on encouraging single women to step outside the confines of their home and share their sorrow, fears, and frustrations at monthly forums. Single women found solace in sharing stories with others with similar experiences and by realizing that are not alone in their endeavors single women started working together to boost their confidence and empower themselves. The group met informally for two years in small room to share their pain and grief at the loss of their husbands until WHR as a formal organization. As of 2017, WHR has organized over 100000 single women in 2000 groups 7 Provinces of Nepal and has succeeded in mobilizing them as key “Agents of Change” in the respective communities.

Discrimination against women in Nepal is prevalent, due to the structure of the society deeply rooted in Patriarchal thoughts. Women are constantly marginalized and single women (widows) are in a even worse state. Single women are considered as symbols of ill-omen and the cause of the death of their husbands.

Furthermore unfavorable laws and policies that are often discriminatory only further aggravate their suffering, lowering their status in society. Certain religious and traditional practices harm the physical and mental health of single women.

WHR Vision:

A non-discriminatory and equitable society where single women are respected and can live with dignity and there are sufficient legal provisions to protect single women’s political, social, cultural and economic rights.

Our Mission:

To empower women economically, politically, socially and culturally in order to live dignified lives and enjoy the value of human rights.

Our Objectives

  • Raise the social and economic status of Nepalese single women and their families.
  • Mainstream the rights of single women in development, humanitarian and peace building initiatives.
  • Meaningful participation of single women at decision making levels in the social, economic and political spheres.
  • To empower women to be their own “Agents of Change”.

Organization Objectives:

  • Rise the social and economic status of Nepali single women and their families.
  • Mainstream the rights of single women in development, humanitarian and peace-building initiatives.
  • Meaningful participation of single women at decision making levels in the social, economic and political spheres.
  • To empower women to be their own agents of change.

WHR’s Activates:

WHR has been a pioneer in addressing single women’s issues and envisions changing traditional stereotypes and mindsets that keep single women from participating and accessing resources. The organization strives to change discriminatory policies to give women their rights so that they are valuable social capital. Its strategic plan focuses on five pillars:

  • Pillar I: Advocacy And Social Mobilization (Opportunity Fund); This pillar focuses on social-cultural aspects of single women and creates awareness for victims of cultural torture and perpetrators of such torture. The intention is to help a more tolerant society through education and advocacy.
  • Pillar II: Economic Empowerment For Sustainable Livelihood (Aadhar); This helps to empowerment of single, groups and network for their active engagement and participation in income generation and livelihood capacity enhancement.
  • Pillar III: Sustainable Peace For Human Rights And Justice (Raahat); Strong advocacy campaign and lobbying to address this human right issue, to enhance the capacity of single women groups and networks in peace building and transitional justice, and to help develop their confidence and self esteem
  • Pillar IV: Local Governance And Institutional Development ; Capacity improvement of single women groups and networks to articulate demands, improve their own situation, secure their rights from local bodies and service providers and to transform into self-governing institutions to enhance peace. This is achieved through constant advocacy and lobbying.

In more than 15 districts single women are involved in Local Peace Committees (LPC) as well as press group have been formed.

1500 single women members have been trained and are able to access resources from local government.

  • Pillar V: Regional and International Networking; Being single and problems associated with that are not confined within the borders of Nepal. It is in fact a global problem. Thus, this pillar works to build strong networks in the South Asian Regional and the Global (international) levels to make voices and rights of single women heard and acknowledged.

WHR also publishes various quarterly newsletters, semi-annual Nepali magazine Astitva, brochures, Single women Security Fund Running Guidelines.

WHR also organizes national and international conferences on widowhood

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