Women’s Progress Centre (WPC)
In Kanchanpur, Nepal many men migrate for work leaving behind women and children. While internal migration often provides higher income for households, it also renders women more vulnerable to exploitation and gender-based violence – including human trafficking. Because of societal gender roles, women have few mechanism to protect themselves from abuse and violence in the absence of their spouses. Furthermore, they have limited resources for legal protection and justice when their rights are violated.
Women’s Progress Centre (WPC) is a based in Bhimdutta municipality and works to promote principles of non-discrimination, equality, social justice and the rule of law for women. It seeks to implement the Commission on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The organization has submitted a proposal to establish 10 women’s forums in different parts of the province to address issues of violence uniquely faced by women in the region. Focal points will be assigned to these bodies to respond to gender-based violence and women, peace and security needs of the community. Journalists and reporters working in local and national media will also facilitate the publicity of this forum to increase outreach and produce investigative articles on ‘hidden issues’ affecting women in this area.