CPA Launch Event in Nepal

In July 2016, CARE Nepal’s Tipping Point Project hosted the launch of its research report on The Cultural Context of Child Marriage in Nepal and Bangladesh: Findings from CARE’s Tipping Point Project, Community Participatory Analysis (CPA). The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare, Prakash Mainali, was one of the special guests in attendance, and Priyanka Kumari Harijan, from Rupandehi was the chair for the event. Priyanka is an adolescent champion against child marriage working with CARE Nepal.

During the event, the Tipping Point Documentary about child marriage in Rupandehi and Kapilvastu was shown, and the documentary was followed by Priyanka sharing her story:

“My education was discontinued and it was decided that I would have to get married. But after interacting with CARE Nepal’s program, I had the ability to speak up for myself and voice the fact that I did not want to get married, but wanted to pursue my education. Today I am seventeen years old and hold an Intermediate Degree.”

-Priyanka Kumari Harijan, CARE Nepal

CARE’s innovative approach was applauded as being an effective method to produce societal change. The Tipping Point project is contributing to the Nepali government’s commitment to end child marriage, and the Deputy prime Minister also reaffirmed the government’s commitment to end child marriage by 2030 during his speech.

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The launch event also included a panel discussion consisting of the researchers of the report and CARE’s partner organizations. The panel shared their experiences as researchers, first-hand observations, and implications for the Tipping Point program as well as other programs using a similar approach. The event had over one hundred attendees and was covered in many national news outlets.

A Social Scourge – The Kathmandu Post (English)

Child Marriage Still Rampant – My Republica (English)

June/July Tipping Point Round Up

June-July 2016 Tipping Point Round Up

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Tipping Point News from the Field

CARE Nepal Unveils its Research Report
CARE Nepal’s Tipping Point (Aba Mero Palo) Project hosted the launch of its research report on The Cultural Context of Child Marriage in Nepal and Bangladesh: Findings from CARE’s Tipping Point Project, Community Participatory Analysis on the 4th of July, 2016 at Hotel Yak and Yeti in Kathmandu.

mPower trainings in Nepal and Bangladesh
During the months of June and July, staff members from CARE Bangladesh, CARE Nepal, and partner organizations ASD, JASHIS, DSDC, and SSS participated in a training on the project online database. mPower, the company that has been developing the database for the Tipping Point monitoring data, delivered the training. The main goal was to enable MEL staff from the various organizations to directly enter the monitoring data they are collecting into the online database. The development of the database builds upon the outcome mapping process that the Tipping Points teams are using for MEL.

This online database will help Tipping Point staff analyze how we are making progress towards our outcomes, so that we can learn from what is working or “change course” as needed.

TARSHI training on sexuality in Nepal
CARE, USA invited TARSHI to conduct a training program on ‘Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights’ in June 2016, for staff members of CARE’s Tipping Point Project based in Nepal. TARSHI (Talking About Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues) is a New Delhi based non-profit organization that has been working towards expanding sexual and reproductive choices in people’s lives since 1996 through publications, trainings and other outreach activities in India, and other parts of Asia. The collaboration between CARE and TARSHI was aimed at training and strengthening staff capacity on sexuality and sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) related topics.

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Department of Youth Development in Bangladesh provided sports material to fun center adolescents
On 21 June Upazila Nirbahi, the Chief Executive of Derai Upazila revisited the Dattagram Fun Center to keep his promise. Earlier in February this year Two high level officials named Mr. Harun-Ar Rashid Khan, Deputy Director of Youth Development Department and Mr. Mahafuzur Rahman, Upazila Youth Development officer visited the Dattagram Fun Center during the training and promised to provide some sports materials to the fun center.

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 Community dialogue at the village level in Bangladesh
Community dialogues/talk shows were held at the village level by both partner organizations. These community shows were aimed to sensitize community people regarding social norms approach as well as to share positive practices and experiences.

Attended Enabling Environment for Child Rights project meeting in Bangladesh
The Ministry of Women and Children Affairs in Bangladesh is implementing Enabling Environment for Child Rights (EECR) project and the National Adolescent Strategy will be developed under this project. The Ministry has formed an advisory committee to get strategic direction in developing National Adolescent Strategy and Action Framework. CARE Bangladesh has been nominated as one of the advisory group members.

Transition with next US administration
Gayatri Patel, Senior Policy Advocate (CARE USA) in DC had meetings with key members of staff of Global Women’s Issues Office of the US State Department where she was informed that the next US Administration will continue to prioritize implementation of the new US Government Adolescent Girl Strategy (See right). CARE US is working with Girls Not Brides (GNB) USA coalition to develop a memo for the next President of the United States outlining our top priorities for CEFM/adolescent girls.