In Nepal, food security is a primary concern. From political instability to migration of youth to urban areas, rural development has suffered in the country. Over the past few years, the number of working-age adults able to perform agricultural activities has declined, and many families now depend on remittances to make ends meet. Challenges for women are even greater in the country due to inherent cultural practices of discrimination and inequality that are a leading factor in extreme violence and lack of access to health and reproductive services for women. Nepal faces both cultural and economic obstacles to sustainable development, and it is crucial that women’s empowerment is a key focus moving forward.
Groundswell in Nepal
In Nepal, Groundswell is dramatically expanding – from four to 22 villages – to support more marginalized women impacted by last year’s earthquakes. The program focuses on women from the “untouchable” dalit caste, who suffer the most severe inequality and discrimination in the country. We help women develop alternative means of earning income (training as vet techs and agriculture promoters) and to improve animal husbandry and farming practices to help their families recover their household economies.
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