The aim of this project is to ascertain the conditions under which women training and working in a supported environment in Nepal came to the capital, Kathmandu, and how they are attempting to overcome their poverty and marginalisation. Many Nepali citizens were displaced during the insurgencies and uprisings of 1995-2005. To date, there has been very little data collection concerning this area of Nepali women’s emancipation and empowerment. Other studies specifically target Nepali women’s involvement in the insurgencies, and address issues of gender equality in the political system and in the grab for power and control. Many rural village women were left to fend for themselves throughout the insurgency and many men left or disappeared. Thus, the women who are the object of this research took a chance and travelled to Kathmandu enduring great hardship, until they found various training groups and enterprises to help them overcome their adversity. The participant group will consist of 15-20 female Nepali women living and working in a female-friendly work-training enterprise in Kathmandu. The methods utilised will be indepth semi-structured interviews. The interviews will be recorded in the field. Later, the interviews will be transcribed, translated and imported into Nvivo, where they will be coded using a hierarchical, thematic coding structure. The open-ended questions will be about the women’s experiences before and during their journey to Kathmandu, and also how they have overcome their destitution and poverty. Some possible outcomes from this research include, but are not limited to: the positive outcomes for impoverished women who travelled to Kathmandu during and after the insurgencies of 1995-2005; and, how the women gained skills and expertise in a trade that has enabled them to gain control of their lives and feel supported in their quest to become financially secure.
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