Plan International has been working in Nepal since 1978 helping marginalised children, their families and communities to access their rights to survival, protection and participation.
At present, we run programmes in 8 districts and work through partners in 42 districts across the country.
Nepal remains a highly patriarchal society and minority groups are especially vulnerable. Girls’ and women’s access to social, economic, and political power is limited and they are subject to harmful social norms and practices.
In rural areas, 43% of girls marry before 18 and 1.6 million children are out of school across the country. In addition school enrolment for girls decreases at secondary school level and children with disabilities lack affordable health services.
From 2018-2022 we aim to positively impact the lives of 1 million girls in Nepal. Our priorities include:
- Providing equal opportunities for girls and boys in their communities.
- Reducing violence against girls and women and tackling discriminatory attitudes and practices to make communities free of child marriage, child trafficking and child labour.
- Promoting girls' sexual and reproductive health rights.
- Strengthening the resilience of communities to natural disasters.
Laxmi: I stopped my own child marriage
Laxmi’s parents planned for her to get married at 16, however, thanks to the knowledge she gained at her children’s club, she managed to persuade them that it was not a good idea.
Rural girls' voices must be heard!
Radio is vital for girls in rural areas of Nepal. Neetika, 17, blogs for us about the day she hosted her own show to ensure that as well as listening, girls' voices are also heard.
New strategy: impacting 1 million girls in Nepal
Plan International Nepal's new strategy (2018-2022) is a road map to bring transformative change to the lives of children, particularly girls, with a target to impact the lives of 1 million girls through programmes so they are able to learn, lead, decide and thrive.