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We are breaking the bias to create gender equality among local communities in Nepal.
Gender inequalities limit the lives and opportunities of indigenous women in rural Nepal.
Their roles are often limited to household chores and child-rearing, with cultural barriers in the way of education, economic, and leadership advancement.
Nepali women are the primary forest users in the country's red panda range. They are involved in firewood and fodder collection, and agricultural practices. In celebration of World Wildlife Day 2022 and International Women's Day 2022, this campaign supports capacity-building opportunities for women and educational scholarships for female students as well as efforts to recruit female Forest Guardians in local communities.
Red Panda Conservation Scholarship program that provides financial support for the purchase of necessary school supplies to underprivileged students living in red panda range.
Sustainable livelihood and alternative income programs that provide opportunities for women to become Forest Guardians, nature guides, homestay owners, and entrepeneurs.
Working with our community partners to advocate for the recruitment of female Forest Guardians and CFUG members. Two CFUGs are now comprised entirely of women!
“Women are not allowed to put forth their views when discussing conservation policy, and they lack [equal] access to forest conservation efforts, but the scenario is changing,” said Sherpa. “In the past, women were confined only to household chores and they were hindered to get involved in conservation efforts.”
Today, says Sherpa, women and girls want to get involved with Red Panda Network’s conservation efforts, even if some families won’t allow women to work as Forest Guardians. “Nowadays,” she said, “society respects working women.” Sherpa specifically commented that many women are interested in becoming involved with ecotourism efforts as a way to conserve their environment.
“We believe that women are the first teachers of every child,” said Sherpa, “and that children are the building stones of every nation. Therefore, the participation of women in red panda conservation is crucial.”
- Pema Sherpa
Learn more in these articles:
On the Frontlines of Red Panda Conservation and Gender Equality
Financial Freedom for Women in Red Panda Range
Female Forest Guardians #ChooseToChallenge Gender Inequality While Saving Red Pandas
Menuka Bhattarai: The Firefox Guardian
The Changing Role of Women in Red Panda Conservation
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