Women’s Economic Empowerment Leads to Stability and Equity

Sustainable agriculture, Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Labour market insertion, Initial vocational education and training
Kavya Biswokarma08.03.2023
Every year on March 8, we globally celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) to highlight women’s achievements and shed light on the importance of equity. This year, IWD’s slogan is #EmbraceEquity, aiming to question why and how equality is not enough and just.  

Despite many socio-economic changes in Nepal, most women are still confined to traditional roles, not being able to compete and participate equally. In order to increase their participation in the labour market and to break barriers, it is important for Nepal to address the challenges that hinder women’s empowerment. Although women are gradually creating a stable life for themselves, most still lack access to services, markets and opportunities. To address this, Swisscontact Nepal is implementing projects in areas of sustainable agriculture, initial vocational education and training, labour market insertion and entrepreneurial ecosystem with interventions designed specifically to benefit women. It does so by providing demand and need-based trainings, improving access to services, networks and markets and building the capacity of women and women-led enterprises. As a result, women are increasingly participating in the labour market, breaking barriers and achieving economic empowerment allowing them to lead a stable life.

Radhika Karki, Shakuntala Pyakhurel, Saru Khakurel, Indu Shahu and Nirmala Kafle are a few among many women who continue to inspire others to expand their learning and stand on their own feet. With support from projects being run and implemented by Swisscontact, they got the opportunity to hone their skills and gain additional demand and need-based knowledge. To know more about their journey and their involvement with Swisscontact, please click the link and watch the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g8L4wOYBsY 

Indu Shahu
Nirmala Kafle
Shakuntala Pyakhurel
Radhika Karki
Saru Khakurel

To #EmbraceEquity, Swisscontact Nepal implements projects that are participatory and inclusive and takes initiatives to address equal access for women as well as disadvantaged groups.

Labour market insertion, Migration
Step Up – Improving labour market access for unemployed
Nepal faces enormous employment challenges that were exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Difficulties to find gainful employment for the unemployed include lack of information on jobs and business opportunities, appropriate skills and access to networks and support services such as career guidance or counselling. In addition, business support services that provide entrepreneurs with services to start, sustain and improve their businesses are weak or even missing. The project aims to address these deficiencies in the current employment ecosystem and contribute to the Government of Nepal’s efforts to increase job creation and the employability of its labour force.
Nepal, Rwanda, Ethiopia
Sustainable agriculture
Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness Programme
The project aims to involve smallholder farmer businesses sustainably in agricultural value chains, thereby improving their living conditions and economic situation. By building inclusive agricultural systems, smallholder farmers will have improved access to markets, information, and means of production. Additionally, the project emphasizes...
Sustainable agriculture
Sahaj - Nepal Agricultural Market Development Programme
In 2017, agriculture contributed around 27.04 per cent to Nepal's GDP. Agriculture is a major source of livelihood in the country. However, the agriculture sector is still in a nascent stage as far as technology and modern cultivation methods are concerned. Agriculture mainly engages smallholder farmers who continue to use traditional methods of...
Initial vocational education and training
Nepal Vocational Qualifications System (NVQS)
Youths entering the labour market in Nepal are compelled to remain unemployed or underemployed and work in low-pay jobs due to a lack of skills, and lack of certification and recognition of the skills they have. To provide wider opportunities and to enable Nepali youth without formal vocational training and education, and those who have gained skills through work experience to enter the labour market with recognized certificates for better employability and career path, the Government of Nepal (GoN) has initiated a National Vocational Qualifications System (NVQS) with the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) to be implemented.
Benin, Bolivia, Cambodia, Kosovo, Laos, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Senior Expert Contact
Promoting entrepreneurship through expertise - Imparting technical skills through volunteer work Through their services, Senior Expert Contact (SEC) experts provide hands-on, direct support to companies and institutions in their efforts to grow.