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의견 : 네팔 여성, 영국의 간호사와 MEP 크로스 경로

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I’m a community health nurse from the north of England and recently returned from a life-changing experience working for a women’s organisation called WEAF and at a local hospital in rural Nepal. For more than two years I became a public health volunteer with VSO(해외자원봉사), 제가 익숙한 세상을 떠나 여성으로서의 권리를 주장하기 위해 싸워야 한다는 것이 무엇을 의미하는지 보여준 지역 사회와 협력하게 되었습니다. 저는 가능한 한 국제적 영역에서 목소리를 높이겠다는 다짐을 갖고 이번 주 영국 북서부에서 선거를 노리는 MEP 후보와 첫 만남을 가졌습니다.

Globally, women suffer disproportionately from poverty. Although they complete 66% of the worlds work, they earn only 10% of the world’s income and 1% of the world’s property. When women do earn however, they reinvest 90% of their income into their community and family. This disparity is very evident in Nepal.

While supporting the Women’s Empowerment Action Forum (WEAF) in Dailekh in the mid-west of Nepal I met inspiring women who were doing amazing things to tackle gender imbalances in society. When they were given a voice in the decisions that affect their lives, women showed that they made positive changes. They demanded better maternal and contraceptive services, they demanded laws about violence against women that are set at a national level are implemented locally, and they showed they were ready to campaign for girls and boys to have equal education

네팔에서 저는 개발 원조가 빈곤 속에 사는 사람들의 삶에 어떤 변화를 가져올 수 있는지를 직접 보았습니다. WEAF가 자금을 지원받은 12년 동안 회원들은 가부장적 사회의 일부 사회적 규범에 도전하는 데 성공했습니다. 그들은 해당 지역의 자궁 탈출율(여성의 50%에 영향을 미칠 수 있음)을 크게 줄였으며 Chau Padi(월경 기간 동안 여성을 외양간에 가두는 것)와 같은 전통적인 관행을 줄였습니다. EU와 같은 국제 기부자들의 자금 지원이 이에 큰 도움이 되었습니다.

Back in the UK, I arranged a meeting with the MEP candidate for the North West, Mr Afzal Khan. I wanted to inspire Mr Khan to be a development champion in the next European Parliament. Mr Khan is  the former Mayor of Manchester and has a strong history of charity work and says that International Development is something he feels passionately about. If elected, he hopes to sit on the parliament’s Development (DEVE) committee where he can hold the European Commissioner responsible for ensuring that development aid is targeted to where it is most needed. In light of discussions globally about what follows the UN Millennium Development Goals, the Post-2015 agenda, Khan assured me that if elected he will advocate for a stand-alone gender goal with a focus on increasing women’s participation in public and political life as well as gender mainstreaming across all goals.

I hope that the European Parliament elections on Thursday (22 May) will deliver a parliament that will support International Development and continue to ensure that organisations such as WEAF can fight for women’s voice to be heard, and ultimately for all women’s human rights to be realised.

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VSO를 위한 Cath Nixon의 비디오 및 직접 계정.

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