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Women groups in Kailali empower rural women

- Ganesh Chaudhary, TIKAPUR

Apr 11, 2019-

Patriarchy is pervasive everywhere in Nepal, be it at home or in the society at large. One such example where men have more command in the social structure is Piparkoti village in Joshipur Rural Municipality of Kailali district. The gender ratio in this village that has around 300 households is almost equal, yet women trail behind men in their involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

To end this discrimination, women in this village have formed women’s groups to equip themselves with the knowledge and skills to participate in village affairs. These groups meet regularly to deliberate on ideas and develop leadership skills.

“Only men are allowed to become Bhalmansa (chieftain) as per local traditions. It is not that a female cannot run village affairs, we simply haven’t had the opportunity,” said Fulrani, a local of Piparkoti. “Our world was confined within the walls of our homes. But after the formation of such groups, we have started discussing our problems and help each other to find possible solutions.”

The formation of women groups has brought about a ripple effect that has led to many women in the village to self empowerment. According to Fulrani, there are two women groups in Piparkoti.

“Most women in our village are still unable to join women’s groups. They live under the authority of their husband who limit their life in kitchen and household chores.”

Dayarani Chaudhary of Chacharhuwa village in Bhajani Municipality-8 shared how her life changed after being associated with one of the women’s groups. Chaudhary is now a member of a school management committee in the village. She attributes her success to the women’s group that honed her leadership ability.

“Like many other women in villages, I had no interest in social issues before. But after I joined a women’s group, I became more aware of the situation around me,” Chaudhary said.

Chaudhary further said that she has become proactive in curbing violence against women and working for women’s empowerment after being associated in a women’s group six years ago.

Published: 11-04-2019 08:32

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