Lalitpur, 24 September (OurVoice): The two days training course on “empowering women to adapt climate change effects for sustainable growth” was held at the Local Development Training Academy, Lalitpur in Nepal on 23-24 September 2018.
The training course was orgnanised as a part of the on-going project of BASUG in collaboration with its local partner SOLVE Nepal and with the support of the German International Development Cooperation GIZ and CIM. A total of 68 women representatives from different cooperatives and women communities took part in the training course.
Country Coordinator of CIM in Nepal, Pasma Dahal attended the closing ceremony as chief guest, while Executive Director of SOLVE Nepal Rajendra Bahadur Pradhan was in the chair. BASUG Chairman Bikash Chowdhury Barua and Country Coordinator of BASUG UK Ansar Ahmed Ullah addressed the session as special guest. Project Coordinator of BASUG Germany AHM Abdul Hai addressed the function as guest speaker.
CIM Country Coordinator Dahal in her speech stressed on the need for active engagement of the women communities in the climate adaptation for the betterment of the society. She also expressed great concern about the vulnerability of the women and rural people living in the areas, which are highly affected by the negative impact of the climate change in Nepal. She highlighted the significance of the training and capacity building initiatives, as she has herself visited and observed the crude reality of climate hazards in the rural areas.
Expert on Climate Adaptation Sohan Shrestha, Social Development Officer of SOLVE Nepal Nara Maya Rana and District Project Coordinator of Susasan Project of SOLVE Nepal Pratigya Neupane facilitated different sessions in the training course. Financial Officer of SOLVE Nepal Namita Shrestha, Field Coordinators of SOLVE Nepal Basna Maya Morpa and Yadab Nepal were present in the function among others.
BASUG Chairman Bikash Chowdhury Barua in his speech as special guest said, women are always neglected in the family and society in the Asian countries including Nepal and Bangladesh. They work hard and even at the risk of their own lives in the natural calamities but their rights are ignored. Because of the natural calamities in Nepal food scarcity is one of the threats for the people here. So through these training courses women beneficiaries have learnt how to grow more vegetables and crops through alternative ways to ensure the food security on the one hand and for their own empowerment in the long run.
A documentary film made by SOLVE-Nepal under the project on the climate change adaptation and women empowerment was also screened. The objective of the training course was to create awareness and to increase the skills of the unprivileged women, youth groups and local development activists on the issue of adaptation to the climate change hazards for the sustainable growth and food security in Nepal. Another training course for the women beneficiaries will be held in Kathmandu this year and two more training sessions will be held in Lalitpur and Kathmandu in the second phase in 2019 to find out the results and changes after the first phase of the training courses among the women beneficiaries. Another advocacy workshop will be organized in Berlin, Germany in 2019.