Chhori

Organisation name Chhori
Address Kalimatidole—9, Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal   Nepal
Website http://www.chhori.org
Social media @Chhoriorg chhoriorg@gmail.com
Contact Person / Email HiraDahal chhoriorg@gmail.com
Related activities on women, peace and security Chhori is a nonprofit organization based in Kathmandu, Nepal that works to fight violence against women, human trafficking, son preference, and similar issues of gender-based violence and discrimination. Nepal dealt with a civil war from 1996 to 2006, and while it is considerably safer now and a new constitution is being drafted, the country is still dealing with the repercussions of ten years of violence. As law enforcement has alternated between being lax (thereby letting criminals get away for their crimes) and corrupt (law enforcement officials actually supporting criminals), crimes such as human trafficking have gone unmonitored. This is improving in recent years, but Nepal still has a long way to go.

Chhori works to support women in Kathmandu and around Nepal through various initiatives: work to fight internal human trafficking, support for women in Kathmandu’s sexual entertainment sector, publishing a magazine for men to teach them about issues of gender-based violence, fighting son-preference actions such as female infanticide and lower education for women, advocating for better policy within Nepal, and working with local police to keep former entertainment workers safe.

As APWAPS members likely know, issues such as domestic violence often increase in times of civil conflict. In addition, the number of men participating in the war left more family duties for women. Civil organizations in Nepal are only now starting to receive support from the government. We are creating initiatives to work with local police and government officials to support entertainment workers rather than discriminate against them, and give them the resources to educate both themselves and their children. Further, we provide prenatal counseling to women to teach them about sex-selective abortion, female infanticide, and other forms of son preference.

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