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Women in Business

Yuva Vayu (a Nepali word which translates as Youth Wind in English) is the CONNECT response to traditional social mobilisers. Physically able and active young women who are hungry for change, ambitious for self, family and community and currently engaged in activities being promoted by CONNECT partners are chosen to take on leadership roles mobilizing, energizing and shepherding the commercial farmer clusters they belong to.

This intervention will give hundreds of young women an opportunity to build confidence, collective voice and increased agency within the communities they live in.

At the end of CONNECT's first year 427 Yuva Vayus have been appointed and all of them have completed training sessions covering cost of production, price setting and sales strategy.

As part of our work to improve the entrepreneurial landscape in the Mid and Far West, particularly for women and youth, CONNECT is advocating for increased participation of women DCCI members and particularly their increased participation on Executive Committees.  Our reform paper 'Female Representation on District Chamber of Commerce & Industry Executive Committees' which recommends a minimum reservation of 33% form women members of the DCCI Executive Committee has been passed by two districts, Dailekh and Doti. 


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Dadeldhura DCCI to raise minimum reserved number of seats on their Executive Committee to 33%
by: RAP 3      on: 17 Sep, 2017

The Dadeldhura District Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) has committed to increasing the minimum number of reserved seats for women on their Executive Committee to 33%.

At the Annual General Meeting held on 11 September, the DCCI tabled and unanimously agreed to pass RAP3 CONNECT’s policy reform “Female Representation on DCCI Executive Committees’ recommending a minimum reservation of 33% for women members.

Earlier this year the DCCI’s in Dailekh and Doti passed the same reform and are increasing the number of women on their Executive Committees at the next round of DCCI elections.