Providing food security for marginalised women in Nepal
Over 800 million people globally do not have enough to eat. The second Sustainable Development Goal aims to change this by safeguarding global food security.
Nepal is not immune from this problem, with up to 41% of children thought to suffer from malnutrition. The situation of disabled women is particularly acute, in that they are often neglected or ostracised by their families as well as being denied vocational opportunities and access to welfare. The unfortunate reality is that many of these women become destitute.
By providing education, training and employment to over 5,500 women, Seven Women has transformed the capacity of disabled women to feed themselves and their families. On top of this, we have also provided these women with financial literacy skills.
Perhaps most importantly, we have challenged traditional ideas of gender and disability in Nepal, making it clear that women — able-bodied or not — can and do have successful careers in a wide array of industries. In doing this, we have made an important contribution to the future food security of marginalised women in Nepal.
In the future, we hope to expand on this by securing employment for women in the hospitality industry and through encouraging women to engage in sustainable agricultural practices.