Our mission to reduce inequality
The tenth Sustainable Development Goal aims to enhance the economic growth of developing countries, with a particular focus on expanding the access of disadvantaged populations to economic opportunities. To meaningfully tackle poverty, economic growth must be inclusive of everyone.
The challenges facing Nepal
Within Nepal, women and the disabled are particularly disadvantaged and the limited educational opportunities that are available are all too often reserved for boys and men. Tellingly, the male literacy rate of 71.6% almost doubles the female literacy rate of 44.5%.
The rightful place of women is traditionally seen as being in the home, while disabled people are often viewed as being inherently unproductive and even sinful because of crimes allegedly committed in a past life. Disabled people struggle to find employment and women are disproportionality employed in subsistence agriculture.
Seven Women’s work tackles these inequalities head on. By providing scholarships to girls who otherwise would not have the chance to go to school, we proactively stop educational inequality from occurring in the first place.
To help those who may not have had a chance to access education due to their gender and/or disability, we provide vocational training and employment opportunities. So far, over 5,500 women have benefited from our programs and all are paid a fair trade wage. Our plans to open a boutique hotel in Kathmandu will provide further opportunities for marginalised women to break into the traditionally male-dominated hospitality industry.
Finally, at the macro-level, we provide a sustainable, community-led model of development which we believe can be replicated all over Nepal and the broader developing world.
Rampant, entrenched inequality creates a litany of social ills. However, it is in no sense an inevitable feature of our world. With your help, we can forge the way to a more equal world.