Introduction

Women Act (WA) is a national level, non-profit making, non-governmental organization (NGO) established in 2007 as a network of 35 other NGOs' and women networks to address gender inequality and for the empowerment of women, girls and youths. WA believes that, for Nepal to become a more democratic and resilient society, it must give women, and those who come from historically marginalized groups equal access to resources and decision-making opportunities. Hence, gender equality and social inclusion is fundamental in achieving good governance, economic growth, and development of this country.

 

WA has been active since its establishment involving 35 other NGO partners/networks that are also working for the empowerment of Nepalese women from all walks of life.WA consists of nine dedicated, highly professional and prominent women activists as its board members. Similarly, it has 34 dedicated and highly professional full-time staffs (including full-time project teams/staffs) and 27 part-time staffs/trainers/consultants (need basis). In addition, WA has its District Chapters/Offices in Ramechhap, Sindhuli, Kailali, Achham, Dolakha, Rasuwa, Nuwakot, and Dhading districts of Nepal.

 

WA through its campaigns and programs tackles pertinent issues that affect Nepal such as governance, gender equality, empowerment of women, youth and marginalized communities. WA feels proud that it has been involving women, youth and marginalized communities from various districts in the law-making processes in Nepal. The most significant strength of WA is its well established grassroot networks that include women led organizations/groups, social activists, local CBO's, NGO's, GO's and other stakeholders across Nepal. Through decade long experience, activities, campaigns and events, a strong relationship and network has been built; (i) at the national level with national and international development partners, political parties, top level party leaders, parliamentarians, various line ministries, policy makers, and (ii) at the sub-national level district government agencies, NGOs, legal and paralegal networks, grass-root organizations and community people.