The girl changing perceptions of politics in Nepal
Swastika, 19, is changing the face of politics in Nepal. Through campaigning and raising awareness, she is showing that girls belong in the political sphere.
Girls are powerful. They have the right to equal power, equal freedom, and equal representation.
Girls around the world are taking the lead, challenging norms, and advocating for change during Girls Takeover events.
Girls in Nepal are rising to the occasion, ready to challenge stereotypes and storm the norms. On International Day of the Girl, celebrated every year on the 11th of October, Plan International Nepal is set to empower girls and young women through its Girls Takeover programme.
Girls in Nepal, like their counterparts around the world, possess equal power, freedom, and the drive to realise their ideas and aspirations. They are inventors and creators, unafraid to call out harmful gender stereotypes that persist in society.
The Girls Takeover programme, initiated by Plan International, serves as a beacon of hope and empowerment. It encourages girls and young women to step into leadership positions across various domains, including business, politics, and media. Their mission is to champion gender equality, equal representation, and the untapped potential of girls.
It’s high time that girls find themselves at the forefront of decision-making tables, contributing to the creation of a more equal and just world.
In 2018, Neetika, a 17-year-old from western Nepal, took over her community radio station on International Day of the Girl to empower girls and address critical issues, sparking a nationwide movement as 900 girls across Nepal voiced their concerns and called for change.
A takeover isn’t just a symbolic gesture; it’s a fun and exciting youth engagement and influencing tool. During this initiative, a girl or young woman is provided with support and guidance to assume leadership roles in political, economic, or social spaces, all aligned with the global Girls Get Equal campaign theme for International Day of the Girl.
In 2021 International Day of the Girl, Rajyalaxmi, 22, assumed the role of Sinja Rural Municipality’s chairperson, advocating for girls’ freedom from online violence, part of a larger movement involving 62 girls in Nepal securing commitments for a safer online environment.
While celebrating the strength and determination of girls in Nepal, it’s essential to address the challenges they face:
In a #GirlsTakeover for the 16 Days of Activism, 16-year-old Shreesti from Bardiya stepped into the role of Finland’s Ambassador to Nepal, advocating against child marriage and promoting girls participation in decision-making, supported by Plan International’s sponsorship programme.
The gender disparities in child marriage rates, education, employment, health, and STEM participation call for immediate action. It’s time to break down the barriers that hold girls and women back from pursuing certain careers and reaching leadership positions.
This International Day of the Girl, Plan International Nepal is committed to supporting girls as they take center stage. They will be taking over boardrooms, seats of power, channels of influence, and the very stereotypes that have hindered their progress and aspirations for far too long.
In a world that is striving for progress and equality, the power of girls in Nepal and around the globe cannot be ignored. Together, we can build a more equitable and inclusive future where every girls potential is realised to its fullest extent. Plan International Nepal’s Girls Takeover programme is an example of hope, guiding the way towards a brighter tomorrow.
On the International Day of the Girl in Nepal, 16-year-old Nirjala from Makwanpur took over the role of Honorary Consulate General of Sweden in Kathmandu, promoting girls leadership potential and gender issues in a productive exchange with Moushumi Shrestha, the Honorary Consulate General, and Swedish embassy alumni.