Empowering Women 4 Women (W4W): Access to Land for Sustainable Peace in Nepal

This project was built upon the main findings and gaps identified by the ‘Catalytic Support on Land Issues’ (2013- 2015) project by including women that were almost absent and/ or not able to make their voices heard in the land reform discussions process. The project aimed to support the processes associated or linked with land reform in Nepal by enabling women to play an active role as agents of change. In doing so, the project is contributing to ensuring gender equality in land policy discussions and enabling women to influence the policy decisions.

The project promoted a W4W approach, where qualified women teachers used contextualized modules to enhance capacities of other women, on land rights and system as well as advocacy and negotiation skills. The W4W approach ensured a constructive environment for learning as well as participatory and long lasting impacts. In this way, the project was unpacking land issues pertinent to women in small steps and introducing components related to women empowerment and rights to women over land and property, thus facilitating catalytic changes that supported the future land reform process, including by facilitating the changes of attitude, perspectives and social mores in the Nepalese society, and giving due consideration to women’s specific needs and ideas at the policy level.