About Jwas

Janaki Women Awareness Society (JWAS) is a non-governmental and not for profit making civil society organization. It was established in 1993 A.D. (2050 B.S) in Dhanusha District. The organization was founded and is operated by a group of women social workers. It works to uplift the standard of living and empowerment of Marginalized Community, Women, Dalits, Youth, Janjatis, PWD, and Disaster Stricken & Conflict affected people of Nepal.

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Our Vision

   Building a self reliant society


A self-reliant society refers to that society where every household, being socially united and enjoying the fundamental rights, can maintain own household expenses (food, clothes resident, medicines, education etc.) from own income source and orient towards the equitable society.

 



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Girls at Mithila art making training; Photo: JWAS/Nub Raj Bhandari

Introduction

Janaki Women Awareness Society (JWAS) is a non-profit making non-governmental organization. It was established in 1993 in Dhanusha district of Nepal. The organization was formed and is operated by a group of women social workers. The formation of a democratic government (Nepal constitution 1990) provided space to the women social workers who were very much disturbed and concerned about the women and girls condition, social evils of child marriage, women violence, sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, dowry system, conflict affected people, disabilities, discrimination against women and marginalized casts. They decided to work in an organized way to uplift their economic, health, social and political conditions and JWAS was in existence. 

Vision

We cherish to change our Society through sustainable community development based on social, economic, political and gender equality.

Mission

Our mission is to organize the targeted groups- Women, children Youths and marginalized communities against Caste/ Gender in-equality, other social evils and help them to improve their health and economical status. We hope to make them self reliant so that they have a proper participation in the decision-making bodies of the society and are able to enjoy their rights.

 Goal

To promote economic, social, political and environmental development through rights-based, participatory and democratic process to eliminate social evils, illiteracy, ignorance, ill health, undemocratic norms, immorality, discriminatory practices, environmental degeneration, undemocratic norms and usages

Organizational Objectives

a)     Promoting the situation of Human (women) Rights and education for peace, harmony and democracy promotion

b)    Ending harmful social norms against women (witchcraft, Child Marriage, dowry system), improving the sexual and reproductive health of women and awareness creating on HIVAIDS

c)     Livelihood Promotion through Entrepreneurship Development & Employment Creation

d)    Prepare the community for Climate Change Adaption and disaster mitigation & management

e)     Promoting Good Governance and Social Accountability

f)     To improve Health, hygiene, drinking water and sanitation condition of community

g)     Contribute Gender Equality and Social Inclusion through in every activities of all projects

h)    To protect the natural resources and environment

i)      Producing new knowledge through research, survey, study and assessment

Strategic Objective

The strategic objectives given below are at present core sectors in which JWAS has experience and wants for further strengthen in the coming years. This will further institutional and increase the working capacity of JWAS as an organization. The objectives are for not only to increase the opportunities for livelihood of the Dalit, Janjaties, children and women but also increase their access in education, health and self-determination.

Some of the major strategic objectives of JWAS are:

  • Social Mobilization: JWAS has increased its characteristic feature by implementing social mobilization strategy in the community level. Social mobilization is a crucial part to change the community in the realistic approaches. Every development programs need social mobilization approach, which only captures the goal of the targeted programs. The women and girls will be mobilized for ending the prevailed social evils against them.
  • Democracy strengthening and good governance: We will strive to promote the democracy by bringing the marginalized into democratic process i.e. electoral process, leadership development, participation and involvement into decision making
  • Livelihood promotion: We will strive to increase the livelihood opportunities for the women, youths and marginalized communities of rural and urban areas, through income generation, livelihood skills training.  This will not only increase their capacity but also lead to reduction of poverty, ending child marriage and supporting early married girls
  • Awareness and Rights based Advocacy: Increase awareness and advocacy for the rights of women, children and marginalized communities has been a major area of emphasis, which will lead to reduction of cast, ethnic, regional and gender discrimination and exclusions.
  • Health & Sanitation: This is a major strategic area, which JWAS will try to increase its working experience by increasing the access to safe drinking water, sanitation and general health of the women, children and marginalized communities. We aims to increase awareness and provide services related to reproductive health, safe abortion and HIV/AIDS.
  • Alternative Energy Promotion: Raising income of women, poor and dalits through the promotion of alternative energy technologies. To support the national priorities on climate change issues, Carbon effect reduction and to create Internal Ail pollution free environment.
  • Institutional capacity Development: JWAS is on continue to institutionalize itself and other organizations affiliated to it so it is hoped to develop into a reputed national level non-governmental organization in one side and on the other side, community level organizations will build their capacity for finding the real development flavor and it helps to sustain any development activities in the community level, especially for better life standards of women and girls.
  • Conflict Resolution and Peace Building: To support the conflict affected people through awareness, counselling and mediation to promote the peace building process in Nepal.
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change: To empower communities for community managed disaster risk reduction and climate change adoption through local and national level initiatives
  • Education and Literacy: To increase the literacy level and promote quality education among women, children, disable and marginalized people through implementing non-formal education classes and community school support activities.

Along with these, JWAS will also be guided by the following strategies

Working in partnership with grass roots, marginalized farmer's agricultural workers, marginalized communities, women and children, JWAS facilitates community participation in program formulation, implementation and monitoring with equal participation of women in decision-making and work place. We would like to undertake and implement projects that ensure:

 a) Participation: Rely on the full participation of Dalit, women and children with direct experience of targeted problems.

b) Networks/Linkages: Creates new networks including such different constituencies as District Administration, VDC, other government agencies, academics, lawyers, Police, social activists, NGO's, stakeholders and donors committed to working for the empowerment of marginalized community, women and children's.

c) Rights and Advocacy: Bring about positive changes in attitudes and policies concerning marginalized community, women and children though their organization and empowerment.

d) Non-Discriminatory: Build respect for individual/human right across religious, region, caste, gender and political lines.

e) Gender sensitive: Provide equal opportunity for men and women at work place and community.

f) Empowerment and conflict reconciliation: Will empower the targeted communities and build peace through reconciliation of interests.

g) A political: The activities and program of the organization will not favor any political party and will be non-party in nature.

h) Accountability and Transparency: JWAS will be accountable to the targeted community and eager to share all information with all concerned.

i) Awareness on HIV/AIDS: JWAS takes this as a cross cutting issue and tries to increase awareness on RH and HIV/AIDS to all its targeted population in all projects.

j) Capacity building : Developing skills, practice and attitude for positive change

k) Inclusion: Inclusiveness of target community and disadvantaged groups in decision making and implementing their programs.

Target Group

  Women and girls, Marginalized Community, Madhesi, Dalits, Youth, Janajati, minorities, Muslim, People with Disabilities, Disaster Stricken People & Conflict affected people

Stakeholders

  1. Relevant Ministry at Federal and Provincial Government
  2. District coordination committees and Local government units (LGUs)
  3. District based government agencies/offices 
  4. District court and lawyors association
  5. Security agencies/offices
  6. LGU based government units
  7. Election Commission of Nepal (ECN)
  8. NGOs/CBOs/Umbrellas and Networks
  9. Media/Mass Media 
  10. Academia
  11. Private Sectors
  12. Political parties and sisters organization
  13. Intellectuals and opinion leaders
  14. Social activits
  15. Commercials organizations/Vendors

Strengths of the organization

a) Good reputation and image in the community/Positive impact in the community.

b) Committed leadership.

c) Sufficient number of human resources.

d) Availability of appropriate and modern equipments.

e) Competent, skilled, experienced and Committed human resource of diverse area,

f) Inclusiveness of marginalized and ethnic group in programs, staff and in board members

g) Governed by the rules, regulations and policies.

h) Harmonious relationship and co-ordination among the staff and executive committee

i) Good relationship and partnership with government agencies, NGOs and private Sectors.

Values and beliefs of JWAS 

a) Participatory: The organization includes its right holders in decision making process.

b) Cost effectiveness: The organization delivers its services with quality and rightly priced.

c) Human Dignity: The organizational and its member will demonstrate tolerance in one another, respect one another and upheld the right of the people to live in society with dignified human life.

d) Effectiveness in its programs: The organization will develop a means to deliver its service effectively to its right holders.

e) Coordination: The inherent quality of the organization is coordination in between of different stake holders and right holders to achieve the goal

f) Transparency: Transparency is a core value in dealing in every sector.

g) Responsibility: Indoctrinated a culture of dealing to its staff and members with people carefully.

h) Brotherhood / Reciprocator: Unity in diversity furthermore living in harmony and peace with dignity is another aspect of brother hood.

i) Helpful: Extending supporting hand is another value of the organization.

j) Dignity of labor: Labor is the product that provides life.

k) Inclusiveness and Good governance: People with different background, culture, caste and class shall be in its program and in calculate the culture of inclusiveness.

Executive Committee

                                         Name (Position)                                     Ethnicity                    Gender

                        Tulsa Acharya (President)                        Other                         Female


                                     Mrs. Jay Kumari Sunuwar (Vice President)   Other                         Female
                                       
                          Rajan Nepal (Secretary)                           Other                          Male


                        Radha Kumari mandal (Jt. Secretary)       Janajati                        Female

                        Ram Raji Devi Das (Treasurer)                  Dalit                          Female

                         Radhika Bhandari (Member)                    Other                         Female
   
            indal singh           Indal Kumar Sindh, Danuwar  (Member)  Janajati                           Female                                    

 


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