Some of the women growing into leadership roles within INF Nepal:
- Karuna: Nursing Superintendent
- Manju: Finance Manager
- Nalome: Funding and Marketing Manager
- Anjali [pictured above]: District In-charge
- Esther: Funding Officer
- Nilisha: Donor Liaison and Monitoring Officer
- Anita: Assistant Admin and Finance Officer
- Sharon: Donor and Funding Officer
- Srijana: Human Resources Trainee
CHANGING ROLE OF WOMEN in Nepal
Women in Nepal are often the core of the Self Help Groups established by INF, and this can be life-transforming for them. Rather than simply following traditional roles, they find that they have the ability to change their communities.
Whether it is sharing what they have learned about health and hygiene, or advocating for a teacher to attend the local school, women are discovering that they have a voice which is worth hearing.
At a national level too, women in Nepal are taking up responsibilities that would have been inconceivable a decade ago. The election and appointment of Bidhya Devi Bhandari as the first female President in 2015 was a landmark event for women in Nepal. The current Chief Justice and the Speaker in parliament are also women. The ongoing elections are seeing more women standing for roles in local government.
In March 2015, the leadership and board of INF Nepal [along with other senior people in INF] decided to actively prepare and strengthen women for leadership positions. They also determined to increase the number of women in those roles. Today, the number of women in leadership positions has tripled.
We are grateful to God:
- that the situation of women in Nepal is beginning to improve
- for the vision of INF Nepal to bring women into leadership roles
- for those women who have yet to see change in the way they are treated in their communities
- that women from these Self Help Groups will be able to influence their communities to bring about change
- that women will be more fairly represented at local government level
- that women within INF will thrive in their work