In an attempt to better share our current activities with our network, SFL is beginning an SFL Around the World blog post series. At the beginning of each month, each region will post an update to their regional blog page to share their current activities. Please stay tuned for more updates next month!
Months have passed but the situation doesn’t seem to be improving. Following the horrific political chaos in country, it was critical for us to conduct another workshop in East Nepal. Our team went into a small village near Duhabi, Morang; but they were refrained from entering and threatened to not come back again. Yet, we are delighted to publish another report on the latest “Women Entrepreneurship Development” Workshop, which took place in Kathmandu, Nepal from November 30th to December 2nd.
For a year, Women For Liberty has (with great courage) offered commitment to build a more compassionate and freer world for every individual and has been focused especially on working to encourage female entrepreneurship in rural avenues of Nepal. This workshop was jointly organized by Women For Liberty and the National Career Foundation with the financial assistance of the District Office, Kathmandu. It was a part of overall efforts to empower women by introducing them to financing options in business, capacity building programs and last, but not least, crafting business plans for their new enterprises.
This event was basically a mobilization to bolster activism for women’s economic freedom generally, and also to focus on women’s active involvement in entrepreneurship. In other words, the campaign sought not only to focus only on women’s economic rights broadly, but also and primarily on guiding them into becoming entrepreneurs. Also, to note: this report will only be based on the feedback and remarks received from the participants of the event.
Surprisingly, the increase in the number of participants, from 19 on day one to 25 on day three, was a major turning point for our workshop. The sheer feeling of joy this brought, not only made us proud but also kept us motivated to run similar workshops in other regions too.
The three-day event ran entirely on an interactive discussion model where participants shared their hard experiences of officially registering their enterprises rather than opting to run it informally. One participant, Sushila Nepal (president of the Sitapaila Cooperative), mentioned that our program was helpful and insight giving; it provided a very transparent mode of performance. She also added that, while women have entered into public life on a massive scale, they are still not widely involved in many sectors. Nor has the nation taken any lead to bring women into the spotlight. (more…)