A recent evaluation of girls' clubs in Nuwakot, Nepal, reveals that the incidence of child marriage has reduced!
A women's club on International Women's Day
Global Family has implemented family strengthening programs in Nuwkot, Nepal, since 2016. These programs aim to keep families together and empower girls and women through community-based clubs.
According to a household assessment in Kallabari Village of Nuwakot, 26 cases of girl child marriage out of 200 households were found. Girls were married between ages 13 and 17. 46.15% of girls married due to family pressure and 53.85% made their own decision without knowing the impact of child marriage. Within the Tamang culture, there is a provision where the male cousin has the first right to marry. The women who had married at a young age had suffered from physical health problems, including womb-related problems and sexually transmitted diseases.
Currently we have three women’s groups with 84 members and five child clubs with 120 members. In the child clubs, we use our own life skills curriculum called Bhitri Sundarta (“Inner Beauty” in Nepali) which focuses on protecting young girls and preventing girl child trafficking and abuse. It also develops decision-making skills, leadership skills, confidence, and knowledge and skills to combat child marriage.
"In these two years only two girls got married below age 18. My male cousin proposed to me, but I said no. Bhitri Sundarta develops decision-making skills. Now we are raising awareness against child marriage in our society through street dramas." - Shila Tamang (Club leader)