Empower Dalit Women of Nepal, (EDWON) supports marginalized, rural women repressed by caste and gender to claim their rights and to live in dignity.
EDWON's rights based approach addresses the root causes of discrimination and poverty by organizing women into empowerment groups. In these women-led groups, they build solidarity, learn about their human rights and how to take collective action for social change.
The women also gain access to savings and loan activities so they can start small businesses, improve their living standard and educate their children.
EDWONs bottom-up approach focuses directly on the United Nations Millennium Goals of womens empowerment, gender equality, poverty reduction, and universal education.
EDWON is an all volunteer U.S.-based 501(c) 3 organization closely affiliated with ADWAN (Association of Dalit Womens Advancement of Nepal).
ADWAN, founded in 1998, is an independent, non-governmental organization registered in Nepal.
EDWON raises funds in the U.S. exclusively for ADWAN, which leads and carries out the programs in Nepal.
2500 Dalit women in 73 groups have become agents of change.95% of all womens groups started are still activeAlmost 2000 children have received educational support
Mission: Empower Dalit Women of Nepal, (EDWON) supports marinalized, rural women repressed by caste and gender to claim their rights and live in dignity.
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