National Indigenous Women Forum (NIWF) with the support of United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP) undertook a project to “Empowering Chepang Indigenous Women and Girls to end VAW/G and Strengthen their Resiliency”. The implementation period of the project was from 1st September 2022 to 31st August 2023. The project aimed at addressing VAW amongst the Chepang Community. This one year project addressed violence against Women in the form of awareness, training, workshops, making action plans to prevent VAW and actions to take if cases of violence take place in the Community. It also undertook a qualitative and quantitative survey on violence, reviewed the municipality’s policies and programmes on this and will put an infographic billboard in the Community.

The objectives of the project were:

  • Raise awareness of the Chepang Indigenous community on GBV in connection with international mechanisms like CEDAW and UNDRIP.
  • Undertake a study on violence against Chepang Women in Ichchhakamana Rural Municipality.
  • Identify and deliver campaigns to end all forms of violence against Indigenous Women, in particular Chepang Women in the municipality in collaboration with government and other line agencies.
  • To help Girls and Women prevent violence against them.

At the end of the project two publications were also published by NIWF to document the findings of the project: “A Review of Ichchhakamana Rural Municipality's Policies and Programmes for FY 2023/2024 (2079/2080) from Gender Equality and Social Inclusion and Indigenous Perspectives'' and “A Report on the Situation of Gender-based Violence against the Chepang Women of Ichchhakamana Rural Municipality in Chitwan”.