Report on Anti/Chhaupadi Campaign, Gender, Inclusion and Women Empowerment

Report on Anti/Chhaupadi Campaign, Gender, Inclusion and Women Empowerment

by Radha Paudel

FYI: I was invited by Sarbodaya Nepal, I do not take a single penny. They took care of my food, accommodation and transport when I was in Jumla.

Overall Summary:
In order to empower rural women, the series of discussion meetings (Review and Reflection) is conducted in various villages of Jumla districts; Dillichaur for Dillichaur and Patrashi, Lamra for Lamra,Hanku and Talium and Kudari for Kudari and Tatopani. The gender facilitators, Female Community Health Workers,Men chapions and NGOs leaders; Sarbodaya Nepal, Action Works Nepal, BEE Group and CAD were presented as their respective work. All sessions lead by Ms. Radha Paudel, Former, Founder /President of Action Works Nepal and Founder of Radha Paudel Foundation and co- facilitated by Kamal Khatri from Sarbodaya, Jumla.  The discussion meeting in Kudari was new group. Rest of the group started to engage with these activities and trainer since December 2013. It was fifth sessions with them though in Dillichaur site, the participants were new. In overall, the men members and faith healers were less who were important group to engage to for women empowerment, chhaupadi and all forms of GBV free community. However, these sessions were so productive and result oriented. The participants were taking their leadership, owned the issues and expand their horizon in terms of knowledge and skills. They are still in need to follow up, coaching and linkages with district networks and institutions. The district level activities cancelled due to illness of principle trainer. The program started from Dillichaur and ended in Kudari dated on Nov 27, to December 3, 2016 respectively. For details, please follow the below matrix.
Key Outcomes of the Discussion Meetings:
1.       Built confidence among the participants
2.       Increased the Chhaupadi free families and communities in all working villages
3.       Increased awareness on basic concepts of gender, inclusion, GBV, 16 days VAW and few legal perspectives
4.       Expanded the networking and coordination among local actors and also mild type of linkage developed with district network
5.       Enhanced leadership skills in mobilization of communities and community events e.g. Chhaupadi free community, marched of 16 days VAW activism
6.       Improved the knowledge and skills on combating violence against girls and women
7.       Increased the number of men, women and faith healers as champions
8.       Recognised as local leaders by other stakeholders
Marched 16 days activism in Nov 30 , 2016 from Lamra to Dhimkot, Kudari 
Photo Session after discussion meeting at Dhimkot, Kudari, Nov 30, 2016
Discussion Meeting at Dhimkot, Kudari, Nov 30, 2016
Marked 16 days  VAW Activism 2016, Nov 28, 2016 at Lower Lorpa, Dillichaur 
Declaration of Chhaupadi free community at Lower Lorpa, Dillichaur, Nov 28, 2016
Village leaders addressing the program, Nov 30, 2016 at Lower Lorpa, Dillichaur
S.N.
Date, Location
Key Activities
Methodology
Key Results
Recommendations
1
Nov 27, 28 at Lashi, Dillichaur
· Conduct two days’ discussion meeting with 37 participants
· Focused on gender, inclusion, VDC budget and its utilization, 16 days VAW Activism, community mobilization, process of program conduction, public speaking, male participation, GBV and Chhaupadi
· Marked 16 days of activism on VAW such as rally, felicitation of men, women and faith healers and declared Chhaupadi free village at Lorpa
Question answer, game, songs, excursion visit, interaction, mock exercise, real practice, discussion, group discussion
·   Reemphasized the contents which are trying to impart and practice since December 2013
·   Internalized the value and importance of 16 days VAW activism
·   Community recognized their strengths and valued their actions by organizing the sets of program as following
ü  declared chhaupadi free community
ü  conduct training by gender facilitators
ü  mobilize local resources for program such as garlands, snacks, red color etc.
ü  felicitated three model men, women, faith healer from Dillichaur and a woman from Patrashi
·   Increased awareness among children
·   Made clean and tidy of the community such as yards, toilets etc.
·   Developed action plan for next three months  
·   Recognized by the Village secretary and other organization as leaders e.g. allocated the VDC budget and use for skill based training
·   Addressed GBV cases locally as well as referred to district
· For such review meeting the number of new members should reduce, 12 new members with old fashioned, so very hard to lead the discussion.
· The engagement of boys and men should expand, there was only one male member in the discussion and the gender facilitators reported that only faith healer’s family have resist against campaign of Anti Chhaupadi.
2
Nov  30, Dec, 1,2016
· Organize cross learning visit for the participants of Lamra, Haku, Talium and Tatopani in Dhimkot Kudari
· Marched the rally on 16 days VAW Activism from Lamra to Dhimkot, Kudari
· Reviewed the exposure visit and concluded with way forward
· Reviewed the roles of gender facilitators, challenges and way forward
· Visited Hiyakhola group and made interaction on declaration of Chhaupadi free community
· Question answer, game, songs, excursion visit, interaction, mock exercise, real practice, discussion, group discussion
·   Built confidence after Dhimkot’s observation
·   Expanded network among key actors AWON, BEE Group, CAD, Sarbodaya and other stakeholders
·   Increased self confidence among Dhimkot participants
·   Confirmed the date for Declaration of Chhaupadi free community in Hiyakhola, Lamra
·   Enhanced the confidence among participants on gender, anti Chhaupadi free campaign and public speaking
·   Increased awareness on 16 days VAW activism
·   Developed action plan for next three months
·   Addressed GBV cases locally as well as referred to district
· The male members should be more in all activities
· The time for discussion is not enough for such group
3
Dec 2-3, 2016
· Discussed on basic concepts such as gender, sex, inclusion, GBV, Sexual abuse, Chhaupadi, menstruation with the participants from Kudari and Tatopani village including the representative from AWON and CAD.
· Marched 16 days VAW from Kudari Bazar to Rawat wada and organized an interaction program with group members
· Observed the Karnali food Industry
· Reviewed the roles and responsibilities of Gender Facilitators
· Discussed on action plan
· Question answer, game, songs, excursion visit, interaction, mock exercise, real practice, discussion, group discussion
·   Built confidence among facilitators on knowledge and skills of taking the project activities forward
·   Harmonized the various NGOs on Anti Chhaupadi Campaign in future
·   Confirmed the date for declaration of Chhaupadi free community at Rawatbada, Kudari
·   Increased awareness on 16 days VAW and GBV
· The number of male participants should be increased, a man couldn’t make change in such resist community
· The organization should make mandatory provision of anti chhuapdi committed facilitator while recruiting the staff
· The coordination and harmonization should expand for synergy effect
· The involvement of district network in such discussion meeting should encouraged

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