With the move towards grassroots organization and especially with the proliferation of civil society activities in the 1990s, the women’s movement in Nepal has grown leaps and bounds. The rise of women-led non-governmental organizations and advocacy forums raising issues of gender and women’s rights has critically transformed women’s lives across the country. Women’s groups have been been the main vehicle for issues of property rights, sexual violence, trafficking, economic empowerment, reproductive health, governance, representation, and political participation to gain ground. What we present here is merely a fraction of the immense archive of NGO and other civil society activities on gender issues.
Kavrepalanchowk | 1983
As one of the first officers of Women Development Division, Shanta Laxmi Shrestha meets local women of Kavre for the Production Credit for Rural Women Program. This program provided women access to credit with the vision that women’s economic empowerment will boost rural development.
Shanta Laxmi Shrestha Collection/Nepal Picture Library
[Feature Image: Women’s Security Pressure Group Collection/Nepal Picture Library]
These images are part of the ongoing Feminist Memory Project, which were under exhibition during Photo Kathmandu.
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