30 Jan 2012
Nepalese women win recognition for innovation
The Solid Waste Management and Community Mobilization Programme, a waste collection and recycling initiative of over 1,000 households and businesses run by Nepalese women has become the winner of global SEED award in the category of gender equality. The women ’s environment preservation committee (WEPCO) was established in 1992 and is supported by a local municipality. The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme in 2005 helped to bring about a change in WEPCO by supporting the household waste collection for compost making and production of biogas. Trainings were provided on waste management.
Today, a savings and credit cooperative has also been established by the women to mobilise loans to 150 female members. The 2011 call for proposals saw applications from 76 countries, representing the collaborative efforts of non-governmental organisations, women and youth groups, labour organisations, public authorities, international agencies and academia. Most of the applications were in the agricultural and rural development sectors, as well as in energy and climate change, ecosystem management, and biodiversity.