Category Archives: Nepal Stories

How a Devoted Messenger in Nepal Is Changing Her Community

How a Devoted Messenger in Nepal is Changing Her Community

In Nepal’s far-western region, along  the southern belt known as the Terai, a 29-year old Tharu woman makes her way eastward traveling over eight hours a day across dusty, pot-holed roads to meet with strangers. She is armed with few things. A notebook, a pen drive, a phone and her most prized possession, a Samsung…

16 Stories in 16 Days |Fourteen| Owning Land As a Step Towards Greater Equality


A growing body of evidence shows a correlation between gender based violence and land rights.  Women who own their house or land are at lower risk for experiencing violence. One woman listened to the “Sajhedari” Radio Program (produced by Equal Access’ local partner FM stations) which was on women’s rights to co-own land with their…

16 Stories in 16 Days |Twelve| Meet Kamal


“I am Kamal Paudel from Kapilvastu. I am a facilitator for the project ‘Change Starts at Home’. As a facilitator I, along with 10 group members meet every week and listen to the radio program ‘Samajhdari’, discuss the issues raised during the program and use those learnings in our daily life to build a strong…

16 Stories in 16 Days |Eleven| Using the Power of Words to Overcome the Power of Fists


Writing about domestic violence was an interest of Geeta Thapa. Unfortunately she never had the opportunity to attend journalism training. “I was so interested in in-depth reporting of women’s issues, especially those women who have struggled hard to change their lives. But I didn’t get the opportunity when I was learning about journalism,” she says….

16 Stories in 16 Days |Nine| We Will Stop the Violence Against Us


“In our village there used to be many incidents of violence against women.  But now we have united together against domestic violence, we have made a commitment to making our voice heard in the community, to convince people not to be violent toward women. We are going to stop the violence against us,” says listener…

16 Stories in 16 Days |Four| Little Things We Do Together


In the Far-West of Nepal, women have traditionally not had a voice in their well-being and in the well-being of the greater community.  But now there is a group of women changing the story and making their voices heard!  Empowered with information produced by Equal Access on violence against women and the negative consequences of…

16 Stories in 16 Days |Two| How I have been changed by ‘Change Starts at Home’


Change Starts at Home is Equal Access’ flagship project challenging gender norms and identities amongst couples in Nepal.  The ultimate aim of the project is to reduce interpersonal violence between couples and increase community support for violence free relationships. In today’s story we here from Ganesh, one of the Change Starts at Home facilitators who…



Pictured above Sher Bahadur Nepali and Purna Kala Nepali from Daunnedvi – 2, Nawalparasi shared “‘Samajhdari’ is making your home bright and happy, by listening to each other!” To keep up to date with the project, follow us on:  

Small Steps Lead to New Opportunities for Nepali Women and Girls

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The site was only 35kms or so south east of Kathmandu, but seemed also to be from another time.  While many buildings were flattened in last year’s earthquake, the roads were already terrible and remain so today.  The soil at least is rich, and we passed field upon field full of near-ripe potatoes, wheat and…

Proving What Works with Change Starts at Home


Building on the success of VOICES and its radio series, Mutual Understanding, EA is deepening and expanding our investment in Nepali women and girls. We recently launched Change Starts at Home to test our theory of change with rigorous academic research and an independent impact assessment. In Nepal, 31.5% of women report emotional, physical, or sexual violence by…