A brilliant day!

March 24, 2015

What a brilliant day! Today one of our new ladies and her crippled son moved out of a slum and into a beautiful room that WWR has been able to furnish for them. They have no possessions of their own. It has taken a couple of weeks to find a room for them because several landlords did not want a cripple living in their property, but our wonderful staff persisted and a room was found! 
[Incidentally, if you are a student lawyer there is great need for more people to work on behalf of tenants in developing countries to protect their rights. In this case landlords were discriminatory against her disabled son and we have known cases where women have had their cooking stoves and belongings confiscated by nasty landlords. In one extreme case a woman was even raped when she couldn’t pay her rent – he exacted ‘payment in kind’. The rights of vulnerable tenants need to be protected and hardly anyone is working to change this – could you help?]

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Understand more about citizenship in Nepal

June 25, 2012

Obtaining Nepali citizenship papers is not easy and for many of our women can be near impossible, especially when they wish to obtain papers for their children.  This in-depth article from the BBC explains more about it.


The good news though is that WWR has been able to help vulnerable women in Nepal obtain their citizenship papers, both for them and their children.  This is Parwati, proudly showing off her papers in May 2012.


Parwati with her citizenship papers

Congratulations to Samajhdari

June 30, 2010

WWR sends its congratulations to Equal Access Nepal, the makers of radio program Samajhdari, that has just won the One World Media Special Award.  The program highlights the issues vulnerable women, just like those we help, face in Nepal. 

Samajhdari (meaning “Mutual Understanding”) is a 30-minute weekly radio programme in Nepal that regularly reaches up to one million listeners. It aims to cover the correlation between violence against women and HIV/AIDS from the listener’s point of view, providing discussion and advice on situations that affect real people – and particularly women.

Every programme begins with a real dilemma that a listener has faced. These dilemmas have much to do with both violence against women and HIV/AIDS – such as, “I am a sex worker and if I say no to my clients’ demands, they beat me. What can I do?” or “My husband forces me to have sex when I don’t want to. How can I say no?”

The presenter then brings in a range of voices to comment on the issue, including other listeners and experts from the field. One pioneering element is the twelve community reporters who go into rural areas and collect much of the content that is then used for broadcast. These women are all survivors of violence, and this gives them an unrivalled insight into the dilemmas being discussed.

See http://www.equalaccess.org.np/samajhdari for more information.

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