Rights and Economic Development for Nepal's Empowered Women (RENEW)
Rights and Economic Development for Nepal's Empowered Women
Issue I 2021
The living condition of Dalit's and most vulnerable groups of Nepal are socially, economically
and politically marginalized. The state has declared the country as gender equality in all aspects
but in practice it has not been followed. In the society, inequality between men and women and
gender discrimination still exists. However, it is important to empower poor and marginalized
women socially and economically to reduce gender discrimination and inequality between
women and men.
RENEW is a fully gender equality four years project which aims to enhance the socio-economic
empowerment of women and girls, especially from Dalit and most vulnerable groups of
Makwanpur and Nuwakot districts. The 5 major components of RENEW is climate change
adaptation, micro- small enterprises, cooperative education, social inclusion and women
leadership, human rights and gender equality. The ultimate outcome of the project will be
achieved by bringing a human rights- based approach (HRBA) to economic and social growth –
focusing on climate change adaptation (CCA), enhanced performance of micro/small-scale
enterprises, increased access to the products and services required by these enterprises, as well as
on the social empowerment of women and girls enabling them to effectively engage in their
communities. The HRBA helps to promote a strong sense of community inclusion and sisterhood
which will boost women’s and girls’ aspirations, confidence, decision-making autonomy and
leadership and as a result women and girls can enjoy their human rights (HR). Furthermore,
capacity-building by our local partners will enable them to increase women’s and girls’
participation and leadership in community decision-making while better promoting and
advancing human rights (HR) and gender equality.
Goal: To enhance social and economic empowerment of the women and girls particularly Dalit
and most vulnerable groups in Makwanpur and Nuwakot, Nepal.
To improve economic status of women and girls, particularly from Dalit and most
To increase participation and leadership in community decision- making by women,
particularly by Dalit and most vulnerable groups.
To enhance exercising of human rights by women and girls, particularly from Dalit and
most vulnerable groups.
1. Improved Knowledge and skills for climate change adaptation (CCA) through
sustainable agriculture and environmental management among women smallholder
2. Enhanced capacity for micro and small- scale enterprise management by women and
3. Strengthened skills of village women’s groups to support the social and economic
empowerment of women and girls.
4. Enhanced capacity among local partner NGOs to advance the social and economic
empowerment of women and girls.
5. Increased community knowledge and understanding human rights issues affecting
women and girls
6. Increased agency of most vulnerable women and girls to advocate for their own human
RENEW is working in 30 villages of Nuwakot and Makwanpur districts of Central development
International and local partners of RENEW
Government of Canada (GAC)
World Accord (WA)
Women for Peace and Democracy Nepal (WPD- Nepal)
Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC)
Rural Self- reliance Development Centre (RSDC)
Microfinance and cooperative expert, Bishnu K. Shrestha (COOP)
Environmental management and Climate change expert, Damodar Dhital (EMCC)
Direct and Indirect beneficiaries of the project
Total 900 Dalit and most vulnerable women and girls, 450 from Nuwakot and 450 from
Men and boys of the same households as the targeted women and girls
Local stakeholders (Rural Municipality, ward members, teachers, women and youth
The other community members from Makwanpur and Nuwakot districts
NGOs, religious and community organizations
Preliminary Information Plan (PIP).
A field visit to Nuwakot and Makwanpur was conducted to gather information for the PIP. A
team of 5; Ms. Isabelle Hachette (Program coordinator, World Accord), Shobha), Shobha
Pradhan Shrestha, Executive Chair WPD Nepal, Shreya Bajracharya, Program