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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 early childhood marriage, the “Salgari” listening club in Surkhet took to the streets to spread the word by organizing a street drama.  “Before becoming a part of this listener group the women in my village did not have a place to gather to discuss real social issues.  Now, we gather regularly and listen to the ‘Naya Nepal’ radio program and learn more about how we too can work toward a better community especially for women. We have realized that we should take initiative for our own development,” shares Krishna Shrethsa, Secretary of the “Salgari” listening club. “Our street drama showed people in the community why child marriage is dangerous and that we will not stand for such practices to continue.”  

The street drama on stopping domestic violence and child marriage was organized and performed by the group members in three location and was watched by over 1,000 people!  

This listener club was formed and is supported by Equal Access through the USAID funded Sajhedari Bikaas project in Nepal on which Equal Access is a partner to Pact.  The project aims to empower communities to direct their own development.

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