Jan 28, 2021

My Journey: Women LEAD's LEAD Course and beyond.

2017 LEADer Isha
2017 LEADer Isha

In the year 2017, I got selected for Women LEAD Nepal's LEAD Course. It was a great privilege to be a part of the year-long LEAD Course and being trained alongside 29 other passionate young women. LEAD course's core components like the School Leadership Program (SLP) and Advocacy Projects played a significant role in enhancing my leadership skills.

Even after graduating from the year-long course, I was able to avail opportunities like Sujata Baskota Changemaker Award (SBCMA) at Women LEAD Nepal. Being a recipient of SBCMA 2019, I got to implement my own project-"Naritwa" at the community schools of Surkhet with my teammates; whereby I got to learn several skills like project management, networking, public speaking among many others. Our project "Naritwa", also known as Womanhood was aimed at providing awareness, especially to women, and to hold discussions with both genders so as to create a common understanding about reproductive health. Also, the project was designed to help women realize the importance of vaginal hygiene through various health camps and sessions. 

Similarly, as Women LEAD's alumni, I got a chance to mentor two young 2018 and 2019 LEADers. Having said that, I also had the great opportunity to be one of the mentors at WOW Madhesh's Speed Mentoring sessions. At Wow Madesh, I mentored young girls and provided guidance regarding their academic, personal, and professional concerns. 

Currently, I am working as a Program Assistant at a youth-led NGO that's working in the field of education. The skills I learned from Women LEAD Nepal during my LEAD Course, my internship at Women LEAD Nepal, and its other programs are very applicable to date and have greatly helped me excel in my current role. As Women LEAD Nepal provides a wide range of networks, it has given me the right exposure to connect with like-minded individuals and organizations. In addition to this, the experience of being a mentor at Women LEAD has proven to be an asset in my current role as it requires me to mentor young scholars at my current organization.

Undoubtedly, Women LEAD Nepal has fostered my personal and professional growth and has played a significant role in enhancing my leadership, followership, mentorship, facilitation, and public speaking skills. I am forever grateful and thankful to Women LEAD Nepal.

 

2017 LEADer Isha (right) performing during OWN IT
2017 LEADer Isha (right) performing during OWN IT
2017 LEADer Isha (left) during her graduation.
2017 LEADer Isha (left) during her graduation.

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Dec 16, 2020

2020 LEAD Course goes Virtual!

2020 LEADers attending virtual Fight Back session.
2020 LEADers attending virtual Fight Back session.

Women LEAD’s 2020 LEAD Course kicked off on 29th Aug with the two-week long Leadership Institute this year. Adapting to the “new normal” brought about by the COVID19 pandemic, the 2020/21 LEAD Course is being conducted virtually via zoom sessions and we have planned our session accordingly until it is safer to do in-person sessions. 

Despite the pandemic, we received applications from all over Nepal from young girls to secure a spot in the program. After a competitive selection process, 30 amazingly passionate young girls were shortlisted as our 2020 LEADers. Throughout the 2 weeks-long Leadership Institute (conducted virtually) and beyond, our 2020 LEADers have been demonstrating keen interest to learn new concepts/subjects,  deep passion, and great enthusiasm.

“I could see some girls who'd never put their opinions forward, speaking during the sessions towards the end of the Leadership Institute. The ones who spoke more, stepped down for others to step up.” - Yuki, 2019 LEADer

After the Leadership Institute, our 30 LEADers have been actively engaged and involved in various other sessions like mentor-mentee events, virtual self-defense sessions among others. Our programs team and LEADers are now preparing for their School Leadership Program.

School Leadership Program (SLP) like the 2020 LEAD Course will be conducted virtually this year. Our LEADers will receive a 2 day-long orientation on 17th and 18th Dec 2020 to prepare them as they begin their SLP journey. 

Reflecting on her SLP journey, our 2016 LEADer and current Fundraising Intern, Shreya, says that the whole journey of SLP was very empowering. She further added, "SLP is one of the most enriching learning experiences of my life; I still apply those skills in my life. My current involvements require me to work with youths and my SLP experience has definitely helped me in dealing and connecting with youths."

Yuki, 2019 LEADer
Yuki, 2019 LEADer
Shreya, 2016 LEADer and 2020 Fundraising Intern
Shreya, 2016 LEADer and 2020 Fundraising Intern

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Nov 12, 2020

Meet our 2020 YWPLI Fellows!

YWPLI 2020 Program Structure
YWPLI 2020 Program Structure

The 3rd iteration of Young Women's Political Leadership Institute (YWPLI) has kicked off virtually with a bang! This year, despite the pandemic and the course being run virtually, we received an overwhelming number of applications from adolescent girls around the Kathmandu Valley (and beyond). Each aspiring participant underwent a rigorous selection process out of which 20 young women/ girls (aged 18-25) were narrowed down as our 2020 Fellows! Our Fellows come across diverse ethnic geographical, religious, and cultural backgrounds.

YWPLI 2020 started with a two-week-long Political Institute from 16th-28th August where the fellows gained foundational knowledge about Nepal’s democratic system and the political processes in the country. Similarly, our 2020 Fellows also actively engaged to learn essential professional skills in political organizing, including how to write and deliver an effective message, how to communicate with people who have different thoughts or opinions than their own, and how to create an effective campaign plan.

“If there’s one thing that my experience in Women LEAD has taught me, it is to never be afraid of challenges.” - Bima, 2020 YWPLI Fellow

To celebrate the International Day of Girl Child 2020 (IDG), our 2020 YWPLI Fellows led and conducted an event, “End of gender-based violence: The adequacy of law” on Oct 11. The event included sessions like “Digital Accountability and Hygiene” and a panel discussion on “Are laws alone an effective deterrent for Gender-based Violence?” with distinguished guest speakers. Our current YWPLI Fellows were also able to bring in Nepal's Minister of Women, Children, and Senior Citizens, Mr. P Gurung as a keynote speaker for the event.  

"The weeks that went into organizing IDG2020 was an enriching experience where we young women got an opportunity to sharpen our skills in organizing an event of such prominence. Similarly, it also felt empowering getting to network with survivors, youth activists, and people in power who were working relentlessly towards addressing the issues of growing acid attacks and rape cases in Nepal.” - Simrika, 2020 YWPLI Fellow

After the Political Institute, multiple follow-up sessions have been carried out to keep the Fellows engaged. YWPLI'20 is now moving onto the next phase where our Fellows will intern at various government offices under different women political leaders. Unlike previous iterations of YWPLI, our 2020 Fellows, this year, will be interning at governmental agencies outside Kathmandu; some of them will intern at the governmental agencies in their hometown. 

We can't wait to share with you updates from our Fellow’s internship Journey in our next report! 

Bima, 2020 YWPLI Fellow
Bima, 2020 YWPLI Fellow
Simrika, 2020 YWPLI Fellow
Simrika, 2020 YWPLI Fellow

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