SAATHI is a non-governmental organization established in 1992 to address contemporary challenges being faced by Nepali women. It is a pioneering organization that addresses Violence Against Women and children (VAW&C) and has persistently continued its crusade in creating a safe, violence free society where women can enjoy their rights with dignity and respect. Its particular area of focus is the elimination of injustice and all forms of violence against women and girls in Nepal and the provision of support to survivors and their children.
Recognizing the need to particularly reach the grassroots level , SAATHI has established field offices in five districts of mid and far western Nepal in Banke, Bardiya, Kailali, Kanchanpur and Kapilvastu. These Branch offices work towards eliminating violence against women and children and community development and also support women and children victimized by armed conflict. SAATHI has a family of 180 staff (80% female and 20% male).
SAATHI’s current major areas of work are:
- Empowerment and Support Programs (Shelters) for Women and Children survivors of violence and conflict
- Capacity Building (community change agents, security sector, media, religious leaders, NGOs and Government stakeholders)
- Research (Violence Against Women & Sexual and Gender Based Violence before and after conflict)
- Awareness Raising & Advocacy – Media Campaigns, Engaging Men, Working with Footballers,
- Localisation of UNSCR 1325 & 1820
- Promotion of “Violence Free Model Villages” through community groups
- Networking – Manages two national networks
- Creating Safe Environment for Girls working in sexually vulnerable sectors