Empowering Women of Nepal
Founded in 1999, Empowering Women of Nepal (EWN) aims to improve the lives of Nepali women and girls through adventure tourism and sports. EWN works together with 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking Company to empower girls and young women while promoting female trekking guides in the Himalayas. Together they offer practical skill-based training programs designed to extend educational, employment, and entrepreneurial opportunities to disadvantaged women from all over Nepal, and can be followed by a six-month paid apprenticeship scheme.
Though partnership with Women Win, EWN has introduced a girls’ leadership program which instils confidence, increases knowledge, builds girls and young women's leadership and provides safe spaces and access to sport. The programme includes topics such as communication, sexual and reproductive health and rights, financial literacy, peer pressure, and gender based violence.
Women Win’s also supports EWN with the development of a component to increase girls’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), combined with the creation of pathways for girls to reach economic empowerment. By leveraging the fact that girls who play sport have already broken down gender norms and expectations and therefore focus on economic empowerment opportunities in the male-dominated STEM and trekking/mountaineering sectors, EWN is a leader in this sector.