Teej Mela by Single Women – Trying to Break the Social and Cultural Barrier!


I’m sure we’re all really excited about ‘Teej’. What a beautiful festival it is! Traditional songs of Teej must be already playing on the radios and televisions. All you women and girls must have already started preparing for this much awaited festival ‘Teej’. So, are you up for a pre-Teej celebration? WHR invites you to the ‘Teej Mela 2014’ organized by single women (widows), which is taking place in Chhahari. You can have a lot of fun and all for a good cause. How? -Well, the entry ticket is Rs. 50/- and all the collected money will be donated to the Sindhupalchowk flood victims. Awesome, right? Have all the fun you want and at the same time, help someone in need. The main highlight of the ‘Teej Mela’ is the products made by single women home based workers which will be displayed during the mela. Along with this and food stalls, there will also be some fun stalls. Support us in our effort to break the social barrier. Bethere to show ypur support! Come one, come all!! Date – August 22, 2014 Time -11 AM to 5 PM

Oppourtunity Fund

imageOpportunity Fund has been established to provide scholarship to the needy children of single women and young single women as well as to support single women for their emergency need. Opportunity fund also helps in building Chhahari at different districts.
The fund has also provided educational material as a support to conflict affected children. Opportunity Fund has provided scholarship to 1144 children of single women and to 102 single women to pursue higher education so far (September 2012).It has helped in forming “Sachetana” Youth Club, which mobilizes for public awareness in the issues of single women.
It would mean a lot to WHR, Chhahari and all the single women and their children if you are willing to donate money at any of the following:

• A/C No.: 1501017500012
• Bank Name: Nabil Bank Limited
• Bank Address: Maharajgunj, Kathmandu
• Swift Code: NARBNPKA



Nepal underwent a decade long armed conflict causing many deaths and instability in the country. The severities of conflict on people varied and among the most affected were women and girls. Violence, rape and the death of close family members became the inevitable consequences of conflict that women and girls had to endure. Likewise, the pain of disappearance of family members, self-injuries or injuries of the family members, the pain of being abducted and tortured, losing of family members were among different forms of conflict made societal, economical and psychological loss.
Recently, National Conference on Conflict Affected Women (CAW) titled “Journey to Peace and Justice” was organized jointly by Sankalpa-Women’s Alliance for Peace, Justice and Democracy and Women for Human Rights, Single Women Group (WHR). During the National workshop eight thematic groups of conflict affected women were brought together under the same umbrella to raise the common issues and challenges faced by conflict-affected women.

Among the eight thematic groups, one was the challenge of wives of missing husbands. Since, majority of missing person are men, their wives are the one who are deprived of their rights. One of the severe consequences of the conflict have been the cases of disappeared family members during the conflict specially the wives of missing husband. Conflict has been a major cause in raising the number of missing person but people have been missing in Nepal also due to several other reasons such as family issue and pressure and mental disturbance. The family of the disappeared person has to wait for 12 years before the person is considered dead by the law and can perform their final ritual as per the Hindu customs. They also have to wait for 12 years to acquire property rights. This policy has created many difficulties to the family member and their children. They face difficulty while making legal documents such as citizenship, birth certificate, relationship certificate and migration certificate. They are unable to transfer or sell the property in the name of the missing person. Therefore, they face legal, social, and mental as well as economic problem.
This policy needs to be changed; Sankalpa and WHR together is filling a writ at the supreme court in Nepal to challenge the 12 years ban on acquiring property rights for the wives of missing husband and starting a global campaign to support the cause. This advocacy will only be successful through your support and therefore, we request you to participate in it through different way. Please share your valuable opinion, legal provision in your country in regard to missing people issue, any related information, new articles and successful case studies from your country. We will collect your contribution in a form of document and use it during our advocacy process.Here is the link:





We strive to change the traditional stereotype and given women their basic human rights through strategic approach and planning. Single women groups have developed appropriate strategies to be economically independent and improve their live hoods. We provide a safe haven for single women where they can seek reawakening and healing in a secure and caring environment.

Our Vision: Single women all over Nepal gain economic independence and are socially accepted with dignity and respect.

Our Mission: Working towards economic empowerment of the single women and assist for the rights of single women for poverty reduction and facilitate and assist for the rights of single women entrepreneurs and home based single women workers.

Our Goal: Chhahari in Nepal takes lead in building capacity and skills of single women to live a life of economically dependence on their own.




Chhahari is run by single women.Our moto is the empowerment of single women as well as strengthening their lives. “Chahhari” in Nepalese means “safe place of shade of solidarity.”It is a center where single women can share their feeling without being judged. It provides rehabilitation, reintegration and reconciliation. They will be empowered and will be given the opportunity to lead an independent life.

Nepal is a patriarchal society where women mostly play a subordinate role in everyday life. Being a single woman is significantly governed by the cultural and religious beliefs. Single women are looked down upon and are not respected by society. Some are even violated and tortured. With the help of Chhahari, these women find themselves from being a shy and vulnerable to a stronger, confident and economically independent women, When they are economically empowered most of them are socially accepted and respected hereby can live their life with dignity and are independent for their own self and their children.

Chhahari works with single women ; wives of missing husbands, divorcees, unmarried women of 35 years of age or women separated but not divorced from their husband. Our aim is to reach to those places where single women in general need a safe space, a place where they are treated as equals and a place where they are valued and treated with respect and dignity.

Empowering women economically, politically, socially and culturally in order to live dignified lives and enjoy the value of human rights.