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Womens Rights and Issues in Nepal

Meaningful Trip founder Joe Staiano just returned from a month in Nepal… 

“We met so many extraordinary people and organizations dedicated to women’s rights, child development & education, anti-sex-trafficking, anti-violence-against-women, and more. “

CWIN Art Festival for Women's Rights

CWIN Art Festival for Women’s Rights

 Meaningful Trip hikes in Nepal support EWN, Empowering Women of Nepal.  EWN nonprofit offers education and skills training to disadvantaged rural women of Nepal to be female trekking guides.  Trainees go through an intensive 4-week program covering English, trekking instruction, waste management, first aid and education on the history, geography and culture of Nepal.  EWN also provides mobile training and rural community development in West Nepal through eco-tourism.  Mobile teams travel to remote areas of Nepal to provide intensive training in leadership, hygiene and sanitation, food safety and women’s health issues.   EWN has established a home for girls who have been rescued from child labor and exploitation. The girls, who come from all corners of Nepal, are provided with food, shelter, education and support.  EWN is a program partner of Women Win which helps young women transform their lives through sport by connecting sport, development and women’s movements.

EWN, Empowering Women of Nepal

Human Rights Film Focus Nepal – hosted the ‘Half The Sky Film and Arts Festival’ to boost education and advocacy on gender issues and women’s rights.  Part of the festival was the Wall of Hope Campaign and screening of the film From Fear To Freedom, Ending Violence Against Women.   half_the_skyhttp://www.hrffn.org

I am a better person after meeting Ms. Charimaya Tamang from SHAKTI SAMUHA, who works to organize and empower sex trafficking survivors, and empower vulnerable young Nepali girls.  Bless you Charimaya.  www.shaktisamuha.org.np

Sumnima (CWIN) and Charimaya (Shakti Samuha)

Sumnima (CWIN) and Charimaya (Shakti Samuha)


CWIN Nepal – this NGO advocates for children’s rights, and supports child laborers, street children, sexually-exploited children, and child victims of violence.

Spent time with MAITI NEPAL – 20 years of fighting human trafficking in Nepal. Met with the directors Mr. Bishwo Ram Khadka and Anuradha Kiorala and watched a cultural performance by the children.  Approx 12,000 Nepali women and children are trafficked yearly. Last year Maiti Nepal rescued 3,000!  http://www.Maitinepal.org

Anuradha Koirala of Maiti Nepal, receives CNN Hero of the Year Award 2010

Anuradha Koirala of Maiti Nepal, receives CNN Hero of the Year Award 2010

Anuradha Kiorala received the CNN Heroes ‘Hero of the Year’ Award in 2010.   
You Tube Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpMX1eSVWpY

[CLIP from the Director.]  http://youtu.be/sLsU5OdW_Ws

ECPAT and The CODE  The CODE - Meaningful Trip is Signator of The CodeThe leading policy organization fighting the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) and includes prostitution, pornography, sex tourism and other forms of human trafficking.  Meaningful Trip is one of only 2 USA tour operators to sign the Code.   http://ecpatusa.org/wp/

Mitrata Nepal (USA-based non-profit) provides education, housing and medical care for underprivileged children in Nepal. http://www.mitrata.org/

Female sherpa guide and female trekker in Nepal

Nepal, a magical place of soaring temples, fluttering prayer flags, chanting monks, majestic mountains, best treks in the world… and, all of these pales in comparison to the warmth and friendliness of the Nepalese people. Join us on the next Meaningful Trip trek in Nepal.   Please share this with your friends.  www.MeaningfulTrip.com


About Joe Staiano

I believe that meaningful travel can change the world! I am passionate about the power that meaningful travel has in affecting positive economic, environmental and social development.

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