The Girl Power programme was a five-year international project on girl’s and young women’s rights, that has been implemented in 10 countries. ICDI worked on the reduction of gender violence, the socio-economic and socio-political empowerment of girls and young women in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Nicaragua, through the cooperation with local NGO’s.
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In Nepal, the Girl Power Programme is implemented by ICDI in cooperation with Child Workers in Nepal Concerned Centre – CWIN-Nepal.
The CWIN-ICDI programme concentrated on the protection of girls and young women against violence in two districts: the predominantly rural district of Banke in mid-west region of Nepal, and the hilly district of Makwanpur to the south of Kathmandu.
The programme focused on the provision of various forms of support with the view to reducing violence against girls and young women and support them to realize their rights. In collaboration with local (civil society) partners, CWIN provided young women and girls, among other things:
a) educational support, e.g. by contributing to school fees, uniforms and text books, and improving the quality of care and education delivered through local Early Childhood Development centres,
b) legal support, e.g. filing court cases on behalf of young women. accompanying young women to court hearings and ensuring their safety from perpetrators,
c) psychosocial support, e.g. offering counselling to survivors of violence, and in more serious cases, referring a child or young person to a psychiatrist or mental hospital.
In addition, the project sought to enhance child protection referral mechanisms, strengthening community based child protection mechanisms and linking them to the national system. Finally, CWIN worked with (local) government to strengthen capacities to design, deliver and enforce gender sensitive policies and programmes.