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Vulnerable Women in Nepal Lead Valuable Support in Soup Kitchens

Empowerment and community intervention are a fundamental part of women's daily work.

The Woman Post | María Carolina Rivero

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Young women can be very efficient, active, and capable of bringing about great transformations in their communities. These actions serve as a strategy to consolidate themselves as actors of social and economic change of the most vulnerable sectors. That is why, in different localities, the female gender has dedicated it to working the incorporation of social programs.

A study published in the Megazine in Prospectiva by Luz Mercedes Verdugo, reveals that the purpose of this effort is the reflection of empowerment. In addition, the work was emphasized through hermeneutic and interpretive analysis that develops the level of empowerment of women leaders.

The data collected shows that approximately 70% of the operators of the soup kitchens are single mothers. These figures generate a degree of confidence and credibility in the protagonists of these actions. The idea of this project is that the female gender interrelates to identify allies who solve problems. In addition, the canteens are visualized as meeting places that encourage cultural activities.

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Do You Know Pushpa Sunar From Kanchanpur, Nepal?

She is a young woman leader in her community, advocating for the precarious situation of families in Dalit. In addition, she supports them in youth awareness programs and possible better education, to ensure greater participation. Her track record as a leader and agent of change ensures that citizens' rights are respected. This 30-year-old woman generates transformations and guarantees access to food and nutrition, not only in her community but also in other sectors, according to an interview published by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems. 

Currently, the pandemic has been a strong blow for vulnerable groups, women with disabilities, pregnant, or breastfeeding. However, she has been involved in responding to community requests with the support of UN Women in conjunction with the government.

Inclusion, Motherhood, and Love Ingredients of Community Canteens

Traditionally, women do the strong, unpaid work of the household which is housework and childcare. They have never had the opportunity to generate feedback in social and political spaces; exclusion has been one of their great battles. However, participation in the community has been a neuralgic point to achieve social transformation.

Community canteens provide one meal a day, including rice, lentil soup, spinach, vegetables, pickles, fruits, sweets, and water. The 123 operators are striving to enlist 250 prepared and packaged meals a day because more than 41% of women lost their jobs to COVID-19. All staff earns a monthly income of just 30,000 Nepalese rupees, which is equivalent to $250.

In short, the love of a mother, the constancy, and the voice of a warrior woman forces them to consider conditions were to expose their needs. These actions get them involved with the requirements of the citizens of the sector and in the development and satisfaction of various strategies. Women internalize their lived experiences and face their situations with full awareness, emphasizing social empowerment.