Women LEAD Nepal is a leadership and professional development organization that equips young women and girls with the tools and knowledge they need to create change in their communities. With the vision of a better world where women leaders co-create the future. Since 2011, they have empowered more than 2,000 students with the skills, support, and opportunities needed to become leaders in their schools, communities, and nation.
Women LEAD believes that Nepal’s future will only improve if and when women and girls have a seat at the table. While women have recently held three of the highest political positions in Nepal, their participation at other levels of government remains low. In the lead up to Nepal’s federal and provincial elections, Women LEAD is organizing the Young Women’s Political Leadership Institute (YWPLI). The eighth-month program is designed to introduce young women interested in public service to the power of political leadership through trainings, workshops, and direct involvement in Nepal’s democratic processes. During the program, the 30 YWPLI Fellows from in and around the Kathmandu Valley will receive hands-on trainings on various topics, volunteer with a candidate of their choice during the federal and provincial election, and then receive guidance and support to complete their own project on political activism around a topic of their choice.
The total cost of YWPLI is Nrs. 5,000, which can be paid in lump sum after being selected for the course. The fee covers all course materials, unlimited access to our resource center, a certificate, free lunches and exclusive access to WLEAD events. DO NOT let financial concerns stop you from applying—there are partial and full scholarships available to everyone who needs financial assistance. We are committed to accepting the best applicants, regardless of their financial situation. Scholarship forms will be given out at the in-person interviews.
The program breakdown is as follows:
• November 11 – November 17 (Kartik 25 – Mangsir 1): The program starts with a week of skills-building workshops, where participants will gain foundational knowledge about Nepal’s democratic system and the political processes in the country. Fellows will also learn essential professional skills in political organizing, how to write and deliver an effective message, how to communicate with people who have different thoughts or opinions than their own, and how to create an effective campaign plan. Fellows are expected to attend the entire week of workshops and trainings from Saturday, November 11th to Friday, November 17th (Kartik 25 – Mangsir 1) each day from 12:30pm to 5:30pm (approximately 40 hours).
• November 19 – December 7 (Mangsir 3 – Mangsir 21): After a week of training and workshops, fellows will volunteer for approximately 50 hours with a candidate during the campaigning period.
• January 2018 – June 2018 (Poush 2074 – Jeth 2075): Following the campaign period, Fellows will attend sessions at least twice a month and will continue critical conversations about the meaning of inclusive democracy and the role of government. To do so, they will conceptualize and implement their own project around the theme of political activism and receive the guidance and skills to carry out their project.
The program will conclude with a graduation ceremony and fellows who have an attendance rate of 90% or more will receive a certificate for completing the program, join our alumni community of over 200 young women leaders, and receive exclusive access to WLEAD events.
• Be female or female-identifying, have completed their +2 and aged 18-25;
• Have a passion and interest for politics and governance;
• Comfortable communicating in English and Nepali (both written and spoken);
• Attend a week of workshops and trainings from Saturday, November 11th to Friday, November 17th (Kartik 25 – Mangsir 1) each day from 12:30pm to 5:30pm (approximately 40 hours);
• Commit to volunteering approximately 50 hours with a candidate for the two-week campaign period from November 19th to December 7th (Mangsir 3 – Mangsir 21);
• Commit to volunteering with a Member of Parliament from March 2018 – June 2018 (mid-Falgun 2074 – mid-Jeth 2075)
• Commit to conceptualizing and implementing their own project around the theme of political activism from January 2018 to June 2018 (Poush/Magh 2074 – Jeth/Asar 2075)
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