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.
Dignified Society; Prosperous Women
Organize and empwer women and marginalized people for enjoying their rights and inspiring their engagement to achieve a prosperous society
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
- Ensuring the rights of women and marginalzied people
- Promote rehabiliation for women, children and people with disabilities at risk and vulnerable
- Promoting peace, harmony, democracy, and governance
- Ending harmful gender and social norms against women, children and marginalized people
- Research and advocacy for ensuring the rights of women, children, and marginalzied people
- Livelihood promotion through income generation and capacity building
- Safe migration and remittance management
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.
Women and girls, Marginalized Community, Madhesi, Dalits, Youth, Janajati, minorities, Muslim, People with Disabilities, Disaster Stricken People & Conflict affected people
- Relevant Ministry at Federal and Provincial Government
- District coordination committees and Local government units (LGUs)
- District based government agencies/offices
- District court and lawyors association
- Security agencies/offices
- LGU based government units
- Election Commission of Nepal (ECN)
- NGOs/CBOs/Umbrellas and Networks
- Media/Mass Media
- Private Sectors
- Political parties and sisters organization
- Intellectuals and opinion leaders
- Social activits
- 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.