Women across Nepal’s vast countryside are working together to create green, sustainable businesses in their rural communities. These groups not only empower women in the country, but also serve as a blueprint for the Asian and international community on environmentally friendly collaborative innovation. The film focuses on the stories of women’s involvement in community forest groups from three regions of Nepal.
Join us for a screening of this documentary, followed by a panel discussion on what is next for female entrepreneurship in the developing world.
Opening remarks will be provided by Jim Delaney, Director of Programming, Partnership and Outreach at WUSC and Susan Harada, Associate Director of the School of Journalism and Communication, and Head of the Journalism Program.
The Panel Discussion will feature:
- Livia Bizikova PhD, Program Director, International Institute for Sustainable Development
- Sarah Byrne PhD, Associate Researcher, University of Zurich, Governance Advisor, Heberas Swiss Intercooperation
- Arjan de Haan, Program Leader, Employment & Growth, International Development Research Centre
- Kathleen Kemp, Director, Centre for Social Enterprise Development
HIMAWANTI-Nepal is an non-profit organization created for rural women, by rural women. We undertake projects, in conjunction with other non-profit organizations and the government of Nepal, in order to increase the presence of women in the natural resource sector. This includes areas like water management, agriculture and the implementation of sustainable forest techniques for rural communities all across Nepal.
To do this, we hire rural women to work in our 44 active districts for over 18,018 Nepali communities. This has led to the engagement of 62,000 women in leadership roles throughout Nepal.
Since 1998, we have worked closely with stakeholders, government, and other non-governmental organizations to develop a place for women in the resource management industry.
About World University Services Canada
WUSC is a Canadian non-profit international development organization working towards the economic empowerment of women and children around the world. Their work includes partnerships with universities, private sector partners and volunteers with the goal of creating a more equitable world in the fields of education, employment and empowerment.
Uniterra is a global program run by WUSC and la Centre d’Etude et de cooperation internationale (CECI) that sends over 600 volunteers to 14 countries in the world. Once there, they spend anywhere from a few weeks to two years of their lives working towards the empowerment of women and children with local non-governmental organizations on the ground. They believe that womena nd children can contribute to local economies and that Canadians play a key role in encouraging their potential. The Uniterra program is funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.
About FPA Research Month
The Faculty of Public Affairs at Carleton University hosts a month of celebrations to acknowledge the research of their students and professors. The FPA will host events in February and March 2017.