Tarangini Foundation | Recognizing work of Feminists

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NEWSLETTER VOL:XIII
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छाल त्रैमासिक पत्रिका - वर्ष २, अंक १

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TARANGINI NEWSLETTER VOLUME XII

Dear Readers,

Welcome to our most recent newsletter, in which we discuss the idea of bringing gender equality closer to becoming a practical reality rather than just a pipe dream, where woman’s every work is respected, recognized and valued. As we celebrate the progress accomplished thus far, it is critical to recognize that there is still work to be done in order to attain full equality for all genders even. Let's imagine and work together to achieve a community where recognition of all forms of work is the norm that benefits both individuals and society as a whole.

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'छाल ' वर्ष - १, अंक - ४

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Demanding Decent work for social transformation- VOL XI

Today, more women than ever before are active participants in labor markets around the globe. Nevertheless, growth in the labor force have not led to a significant reduction in gender gaps in the workplace. For instance, women continue to be less likely than males to occupy positions with a regular salary and income. Additionally, they continue to be overrepresented in low-paying, low-productive, and poorly protected professions. As long as women continue to have limited access to social security, unequal pay, and limited access to leadership roles, the progress made so far is insufficient to guarantee decent and productive work for all. The promotion of rights, employment, security, and social discourse within a framework that supports both investment and economic growth constitutes decent work, which embodies the integration of social and economic aims.

Tarangini Foundation demands women’s work to get recognized, respected, valued and established as DECENT WORK. For this we have launched a campaign at National and regional level in coordination with different sister organizations along with GAATW International.

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Peace through mental health

Mental and psychological health is essential to overall wellbeing and physical health cannot be achieved without a healthy mental state. Mental health is becoming increasingly recognized as a crucial part of global development, as seen in its inclusion in the Sustainable Development Goals. Nepal still faces a lack of open discussion on mental health and a high prevalence of mental disorders, especially among women who are vulnerable to domestic abuse. The influence of violence on attempted and committed suicide is well-documented and 80% of women in Nepal reported suffering from domestic violence. There is a culture of silence surrounding abuse and mental health issues, leading to underreporting and stigmatization. Tarangini is working to address these issues by providing self-care sessions and training to women's human rights defenders. Self-care and loving oneself should be a priority for individuals, as health and well-being cannot be achieved without physical, mental, and emotional health.

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Strength within us; transformation through us - Newsletter Volume IX

“Women Rights are Human Rights”. This requires the translation of rhetoric to reality. The Constitution of Nepal 2015 guarantees equal rights to women. However, even this could not be upheld by major political parties. A decreasing trend of women’s representation from 1st local election to presently held local election can be taken as evidence. Tarangini believes that women's political and public participation goes beyond just increasing their numbers. For women to impact laws and practices, they need to have actual influence in decision-making. The role of women as transformative leaders is important in a country where women are often forced to live in silence or without justice due to various forms of violence in public and private spheres.

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Building resilience and strengthening the movement

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Nepali women's sexual and reproductive health severely, causing a reduction in health service delivery. A study conducted by Tarangini with support from Open Society Foundations showed that the lack of sanitary facilities and essential medicines at health posts during the pandemic, along with the decrease in maternal vaccines and postpartum services, has affected women the most. The study also found that over 23% of women and girls lacked information on their reproductive and sexual health needs. The situation in Nepal was already difficult, with high levels of maternal mortality and high rates of unplanned pregnancies and unmet need for family planning, especially among girls in the age group of 15-24. Tarangini Foundation believes in empowering women to cope and make a difference, and is advocating for the proper facilitation of SRHR services in the future.

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Strengthening feminist movement in Nepal

The Tarangini Foundation is working to strengthen the feminist movement in Nepal by empowering women and advocating for social justice. The organization provides training, policy dialogue, and self-care support to women activists at all levels. The goal of Tarangini is to build feminist leadership, document women's stories, and create a just and sustainable society for all. The foundation believes in strengthening collective power through grassroots strengthening and alliance-building. Tarangini's approach to movement-building is rooted in challenging and transforming patriarchal power structures for the dignity, equality, safety, and bodily autonomy of women.

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Together Against Gender-Based Violence

Gender-based violence is a deeply ingrained issue in society that is perpetuated by patriarchy. It is a major human rights violation, with the majority of victims being women and girls. It is estimated that one in three women will experience sexual or physical violence in their lifetime. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in cases of domestic violence. The Tarangini Foundation is working to address the issue of gender-based violence by providing psychosocial counseling, livelihood options, and support for women's rights. It also advocates for recognition of women's work, identity, and control over their bodies. Tarangini is working in collaboration with civil society organizations, media, and stakeholders to raise awareness and bring the issue to the national agenda. Despite progress in addressing gender-based violence, it remains a major problem globally, and will not be fully addressed until inequalities are addressed and the patriarchal mindset is changed.

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Making The Invisible Visible

Tarangini Foundation, a feminist organization in Nepal, is working to promote the rights of women employed in the informal economy. The informal sector is a major source of employment for women in the country, but they continue to face challenges such as lack of recognition, protection from labor laws, and social benefits. Tarangini Foundation is committed to empowering feminist activists and community leaders with the skills required to advocate for equal rights and improve the lives of women in informal employment. The organization believes that change is needed at the individual and societal level to recognize and respect women's work, and improve their financial, physical, and psychosocial health and wellbeing.

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Standing together during times of difficulties

Families residing in the Terai and hilly areas of Nepal, whose livelihood depends on agriculture, often face relocation due to natural disasters such as floods and landslides. While the government offers a relief package, after the initial rescue operations, these households are left to fend for themselves leading to an increase in poverty. Women, children, disabled individuals and the elderly are the most affected groups during any disaster, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Disaster management should not just focus on providing relief materials but also take into account the importance of mental health. The Tarangini Foundation, a feminist organization, offers psychosocial support and counseling to women impacted by disasters. They have recently provided assistance to families affected by the flood and landslide in the Melamchi and Helambu areas of Sindupalchowk, with the support of another feminist organization, WOREC, and Friends from AEIN Luxembourg. A team of 10 counselors and public health personnel have joined forces to provide support to the needy, despite the challenges of reaching the affected area.