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The VisionTo create a
non-discriminatory and equitable society.


Our Goal – A just society where single women are respected and can live with dignity and sufficient legal provisions are prepared to protect single women’s political, social, cultural and economic rights.

How WHR Started ?



WHR initially focused on encouraging single women to step outside the confines of their home and share their sorrow, fears and frustration at monthly forums. Single women found solace in sharing stories with others with similar experiences and by realizing that they are not alone in their endeavors single women started working together to boost their confidence and empower themselves. The group met informally for 2 years in a small room to share their pain and grief at the loss of their husbands until WHR as a formal organization in 1994.

Discrimination against women in Nepal is prevalent, due to the structure of the society deeply rooted in Patriarchal thoughts. Women are constantly marginalized and single women (widows) are in a even worse state. Single women are considered as symbols of ill-omen and the cause of the death of their husbands.

Furthermore unfavorable laws and policies that are often discriminatory only further aggravate their suffering, lowering their status in society. Certain religious and traditional practices harm the physical and mental health of single women.

 

Our PillarsWHR’s strategic plan focuses on five pillars.


  • Advocacy And Social Mobilization

    Focuses on socio-cultural aspects of single women and creates awareness for victims of cultural torture and perpetrators of such torture. The intention is to help build a more tolerant society through education and advocacy. Read More

  • Economic Empowerment For Sustainable Livelihood

    Empowerment of single women, groups and networks for their active engagement and participation in income generation and livelihoods capacity enhancement. Read More

  • Sustainable Peace For Human Rights And Justice

    Strong advocacy campaign and lobbying to address this human rights issue, to enhance the capacity of single women groups and networks in peace building and transitional justice, and to help develop their confidence and self esteem. Read More

  • Local Governance And Institutional Development

    Capacity improvement of single women groups and networks to articulate demands, improve their own situation, secure their rights from local bodies and service providers and to transform into self-governing institutions to enhance peace. This is achieved through constant advocacy and lobbying. Read More

  • Regional and International Networking

    Being single and problems associated with that are not confined within the borders of Nepal. It is in fact a global problem. Thus, this pillar works to build strong networks in the South Asian Regional and the Global (international) levels to make voices and rights of single women heard and acknowledged. Read More

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Discrimination against women in Nepal is prevalent, due to the structure of the society deeply rooted in Patriarchal thoughts. Women are constantly marginalized and single women (widows) are in a even worse state. Single women are considered as symbols of ill-omen and the cause of the death of their husbands.