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Empowering girls

Saturday, November 5th, 2016
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Pic: Uma Bista/Stars Foundation

Pic: Uma Bista/Stars Foundation

An NGO based in Kathmandu, Her Turn, became one of the twenty organisations in the world to receive the ‘With and For Girls’ Award – a global initiative to support and recognise local organisations working with girls.

The organisation along with other two Nepali organisations, Shakti Samuha and Women LEAD Nepal were recognised by London based charity Stars Foundation.

Her Turn was acknowledged for its work with adolescent girls in the rural areas of Nepal and was awarded $US 15,000 as funding and capacity-building support.

“These 20 outstanding organisations demonstrate the power of grassroots movements and girl leadership to affect change, both in communities and the world at large,” said Muna Wehbe of Stars Foundation.

Her Turn has worked with over 2,000 girls in earthquake-affected districts like Sindhupalchok and Gorkha and plans to extend to other districts in Nepal. 

Considering the high rate of child marriage in Nepal, the organisation also runs a four-week workshop for girls in rural government schools, including those who have already dropped out of school. Conducted by local female trainers in the districts issues including health, safety, sexual violence and trafficking are discussed. Additionally, girls are also given skills training in confidence building, public speaking and leadership. 

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