Different Programs CIN Involed for betterment of society

Child Marriage is the formal or informal marriage of a girl or boy before the age of 20. This certain age of marriage have instituted by Muluki Aparadh Samhita 2075, Child Right law 2075, and CRC 1989. If any of the individual found involveed in child marriage, will be charge under current law. Child marriage affects both girls and boys, but it affects girls disproportionately, especially in South Asian context.

Although, there are various reasons for child marriage, like different assumptions of people from different communities, religions and geography, but child marriage occurs more frequently in families who are the least educated, poorest and living in rural areas. The causes of child marriages are highly interrelated with vicious cycles and the predominant ones are gender discrimination, poverty, dowry, lack of life skills in young people and discriminatory social norms and values. Many of the child and early marriage we hear about are arranged and, often, forced by girls’ parents, or other family members. However, nowadays it is also found that in the name of love relationship at an early age has become one of the major cause for child early marriage. Most of the cases are found when the affair is not accepted by any or both of the families which leads to the elopement marriage. It is often seen that girls are regarded as a ‘burden’ to be unloaded as early as possible through marriage and the practice of marrying off the girl at an early age reduces the value of dowry. In southern part of the Rupandehi district, girls are married by their families at ages as young as one and half years old. And, also in northern part of district there is love marriage and early marriage. Even though, we have rich law regarding child marriage, the practice still exists. The reason for these kind of illegal activities are, ignorance of law by general individuals, lack of life skill, lack of knowledge on sexuality and legal provision and our political representative with stereotypical thought and poor commitment on implementation of current law.

There is huge negative impact of child and early marriage in the girl’s life as well as the next generation children. There are complex associations between early marriage and women’s education, health and nutrition that go beyond the impacts of early childbearing. Child brides remain at greater risk of experiencing a range of poor health outcomes (risk for sexually transmitted diseases, cervical cancer and death during early childbirth), having children at younger ages, having more children over their lifetime (because of limited or no capacity to negotiate sexual relations, contraception, and other reproductive decisions with limited bodily control) , dropping out of school and discontinuing education, earning less over their lifetimes and living in poverty than their peers who marry at later ages. All of the health implications along with higher risk of domestic and sexual violence and poor mental health may also affect the next generation of children.

Glance on our steps…….

  • By measuring the cause, risk and negative impact in almost every aspects of individuals and the nation itself by child marriage, we have been working with young girls and boys in developing life skills of young people through Empowerment Clinic. This particular program is funded by GFF(Girls First Found) since 1st Jun 2019 to eradicate child and early marriage and encourage Childern and their parents to understand the value of education. 
  • We have been doing training and awareness raising program with young and adolescent girls (age 11 to 24) . The program is aimed to develop life skill and negotiation capacity to stop child marriage and early marriage at grassroots level.
  • Young members of Empowerment Clinic have been involving actively in advocacy campaign with adolescents and their parents through street drama, mobile workshops, door to door awareness programs, games, empowering dialogue with big masses.
  • 400 hundred girls and 1600 hundred community people have been engaging in Empowerment Clinic against child marriage
  • Running the campaigns against Gander based violence and Sexual abuse, through ‘We won’t stop’ program lead by young girls as loose forum.
  • Conducting Parents Education on legal awareness and rights of young and adolescent girls.
  • Organizing interactive workshops, joint meetings, advocacy campaign with local governments, stakeholders and Change Makers on Policy Development to help and make sure these authorities stands for Policy Development against Child Marriage, Dowry Custom, Property Right and Sex Education in local government.

In Nepal a significant numbers of children are out of system of child protection though Nepal’s child protection system has been governed by a broad range of laws, rules and policies aimed at preventing and responding to all forms of violence, exploitation and abuse against children.  Lack of will power of system administrator, poverty, inequality, illiteracy, cultural rigidities, alcoholism, patriarchal mindset, gender based violence and domestic violence are important reasons, which cause the frequent violation of children’s rights. Many Nepalese orphan children belonging to vulnerable ultra poor house-holds are compelled to be separated from their families and are living in child care homes, living on streets and engaging in the worst forms of child labour. In Rupandehi more than 200 children are on street, about 500 are working as an employee and a large numbers of children are still out of school. Still, early child marriage is taking place in south era of district.

Activities related to child protection

– Campaigning for child protection and awareness raising (community work)

– Counseling, management of street children, rehabilitation and reintegration

– Transit home for street children and vulnerable children

– Education support

– Advocacy for the community based child protection system (Informal)

CIN Nepal works with adolescents and women groups to improve the WASH in community. In the WASH program, so far, 281 women (with the support of NEFUM) and 370 adolescents (with the support of Sainamaina Municipality and Butwal sub metropolitan) were trained and sensitized about drinking water, sanitation and menstruation hygiene.  In addition, 40 water filter, and 507 sanitary pads were distributed.

Advocacy for the community based child protection system (Informal)

Community actors can play an instrumental role in child protection system in their local community as following:

  • Raising awareness on issues, laws and services related to child protection
  • Influencing social practices and behavior through workshop, meeting and training
  • Detecting and receiving reports of vulnerable children and data management
  • Deciding actions to be taken, including referrals as per the needs of individual children because the needs of individual must be difference
  • Bridging gaps between communities and the formal system: report crimes, access to social services; follow up responses from the justice system.

CIN worked 54 children who were living and working on the streets and 44 children were reintegrated with family and 10 are living in rehabilitation home.

Women’s Village Bank and Saving Credit Cooperative

CIN has made 40 women’s village Bank of 1090 women in 6 VDCs of Rupandehi district in 1998 to 2003 with the support of Pact International and The Asia Foundation (WEP). WEP was funded by USAID. There were 3 components like: 1. Empowering Literacy  2. Legal education 3. Women’s village bank.  Later on, the village Bank have registered as women’s Cooperative.

An emerging trend of trafficking in migration cycle has been highly overlooked. Foreign labor migration has become one of the key sources for livelihoods with both men and women migrating. However, the government policy of 30 years ban for women migration is actually perpetuating trafficking as women are forced to illegal and informal channels mainly through India and Tibet. Restriction on right to mobility (30 years ban) does not prevent women being trafficked rather it is putting women to more vulnerable situation being out of any legal protection. Right to mobility for women should be ensured by the state with adequate information and trainings, so that they are not vulnerable to trafficking.  Further, a form of internal trafficking is also taking place with women and girls being trafficked to cities to be in the entertainment sectors facing some of the worst forms of labor. Number of recommendations focused on comprehensive legislation and stringent enforcement of law for prevention of trafficking and protection of women, children. The government also responded that the current trafficking Act provides comprehensive legal framework and that the national plan of action has been implemented. However, both these policy and legal framework has not sufficiently addressed the emerging trend of trafficking in migration cycle or internal trafficking. Trafficked survivors who are “reintegrated” also facing challenges as the government policy is creating more stigma than support.

Key working issues under the topics are as follows:

  • Activities with vulnerable migrant people
  • Capacity building to trafficked women and girls
  • Activities against child labour in Rupandehi district
  • Protecting street children

Protecting Women Human Rights through a Feminist Network

Although, we work for Women Human Rights and share equal responsibility for human rights work too, women face a higher level of risk compared to male. Women suffer from the wider patriarchal values. We together with feminist network have been working proactively for the prevention of VAW. Female community health workers, group leaders and young female journalist play a major role in providing care and information on VAW including reproductive and sexual health and rights. As these rights are considered a taboo, these women as well as other human right defenders who advocate for these rights get constantly threatened, harassed and abused. This needs to be acknowledged with proper support mechanism by the State. To effectively provide protection and security to the feminist leader, security guideline and policies need to be implemented. For this, our feminist network have been working proactively through publication of stories, article, training, workshop and advocacy campaign as well as 16 days activism and March 8 campaign.

  • Development of feminist network
  • Empowering activities with single women
  • Capacity building training to young female journalist

CIN works for psychosocial interventions (PSIs) with GBV survivors, people living with HIV/AIDS, STIs, migrant workers who are in foreign employment and disaster survivors when and where people need it. CIN does distance counseling with migrant workers to reduce their loneliness, depression, stress and the rate of suicide that is happening in foreign country as well as in hometown caused loneliness, depression and GBV. PSIs is a group of non-pharmacological therapeutic interventions which address the psychological problem, social issues, personal problem and interpersonal relationship problems associated with mental health disorders. PSIs address both the primary symptoms of the mental health problem and the secondary experiences which arise as a consequence of the mental health problem; as such PSIs are a person-based intervention rather than only symptom-based treatment. CIN has been working on this issue to prevent suicide, to empower women, young people and children. During the work, if necessary, CIN provides referral service to clients as per their need and interest. CIN also provides basic psychosocial training to social mobilizors and they are working with community as bear foot counselors. In addition, CIN provides Psychological First Aid (PFA) training to leader of women groups and young feminist of a district network. The activities under this action are as follows:

  • Psychosocial counseling to survivors and vulnerable women, girls, children and migrant workers who are in abroad
  • Referral service
  • Psychological First Aid (PFA) service
  • Training on Psychological First Aid (PFA) and Psychosocial counseling

CIN focus on organic farming system by using women friendly technique and mechanism. This project has been doing in partnership with LTCLRC, Sainamaina and district agriculture office.

The agricultural sector in rural areas makes a large contribution to raising the prosperity for women mostly GBV survivors and trafficked women and to increase economic growth of the district as well as country. The GBV survivor of Rupandehi district engages in productive and profitable agricultural  and agri-business that ensure food security and increase household income in the women’s leadership which surely help to make a decision on her favor. In addition women’s independency, power relation with men and other family members as well as society have been increased significantly because of having own income generating project. Following activities are in action:

  • Formation of agriculture group of women farmers
  • Conduction of training on organic farming, commercial farming and marketing
  • Providing practical answers service to enquirers on organic farming and technique
  • Training on homemade pesticide
  • Training on mineral block
  • Training on vegetable farming and goat farming.

Orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Nepal generally have lower rates of enrollment, attendance, and school performance than non-orphaned and less vulnerable children. In fact that, half the OVC enrolled at the end of primary school do not continue to the secondary level. The low transition rate into secondary schools is partially a result of caregivers not being able to afford to pay for a child’s education. Secondary schools are rarely free and students must pay for tuition as well as books, uniforms, examination fees, and other school-related expenditures.

One current intervention aimed at improving school attendance and performance is to grant cash to the child’s caregivers or a scholarship to the individual child to cover educational costs. Another way to support OVC education is to provide “block grants” to affected schools so that they can waive tuition for OVC and implement school-based programs to assist them.  10 years long conflict, GBV, Rape, Earthquake, and other natural disaster have been increasing OVC day by day. And OVC (under 14 aged) are in vulnerable work for food to live. In this situation, CIN has initiated to raise fund from each Nepali and foreigner people as well as organization to secure their lives, education, and health.