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South Asian Women Development Forum (SAWDF) with a SAARC Recognized Body status is a member based regional body representing national women entrepreneurs’ associations/organizations; institutions working towards the socio economic issues in the SAARC Region. SAWDF membership is based on organizations with extensive work around women’s entrepreneurship. The forum has organized several workshops, seminars, annual forums and conferences for networking and capacity building, disseminating trade information, and identifying common issues for advocacy. SAWDF has the experience and expertise in bringing together a consortium of women led institutions through SAWDF Chapters in South Asia.

The South Asian Women Development Forum, is incorporated under the Organization Registration Act 1977, is an autonomous, nonprofit organization based in Kathmandu, Nepal. SAWDF was granted the status of SAARC Recognized Body by the 36th Session of the SAARC Council Ministers at the 18th SAARC Summit which was held in Kathmandu on 24th of November 2014. As the first and only SAARC Recognized Body working on gender issues, SAWDF facilitates in taking forward the recommendations drawn from the deliberations of national programs, as regional instruments for developing gender policies.

Objectives:

The objective of SAWDF has been designed to create a long-term impact for policy changes on gender issues, build strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations through capacity building, advocacy dialogue, and information sharing. To address the many challenges confronting women’s development this coalition of SAWDF have come together to empower women through capacity building, promotion of trade networks. Most importantly, SAWDF is a member-driven network and depends on guidance directly from its membership to determine the needs of women across the South Asian region. This information is used to design and implement programming and to accurately address the issues and concerns of Network members.

    SAWDF working modality:

  • Capacity Building, Training, Dialogue, and Networking at national and regional levels.
  • Replication of model projects through dissemination of information.
  • Hold Regional Workshops to harmonize inputs for preparing best practices Gender policy and institutional frameworks.
  • SAWDF plays the role of a catalyst in strengthening the voice of women for empowerment and gender equality in the South Asian region.
  • SAWDF facilitates in taking forward the recommendations drawn from the deliberations of national programs, as regional instruments for developing gender policies. These institutional issues and declarations on gender issues are integrated into Regional Summits.
Ms. Pramila Acharya Rijal
Ms. Pramila Acharya Rijal is the President of South Asian Women Development Forum, an independent, not-for-profit organization which was initiated and coordinated from Nepal under her leadership. The organization has been granted the South Asian Association for Regional Corporation (SAARC) Recognized Body status by the 36th Session of the SAARC Council Ministers at the 18th SAARC Summit held on 24th November 2014.

South Asian Women Development Forum is a regional network of national women entrepreneurs’, associations/organizations; institutions working towards the socio-economic sectors in the SAARC Region. It is the first and only Regional Body which works on gender issues. These coalitions of institutions have come together for capacity building, advocacy, dialogue, and information sharing for promotion of economic empowerment of women.

As a SAARC Recognized Body, SAWDF not only works for capacity building and promotion of entrepreneurship, but also facilitates in taking forward the recommendations drawn from the strengths and weaknesses of national programs, as regional instruments for developing gender policies. The organization is based in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Ms. Rijal is also the Immediate Past President of Zonta Club Kathmandu Nepal, a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women with sixty eight chapters worldwide. At present, Ms. Rijal is the Vice Area 2 Director, District 25 of Zonta Club, Kathmandu. Zonta Club Kathmandu, Nepal, a NGO has been working on the advancement of the status of women with the objective to improve the economic, education, health, youth and development and issues related to violence against women at the national and local level through service and advocacy.