Chhori, which means “daughter” in Nepali, is a nonprofit organisation led by women dedicated to ending gender discrimination in Nepal.
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Through their 2019-2020 partnership, Chhori will work to ensure minors working in the Adult Entertainment Sector (AES) are empowered, protected and supported to exit from exploitative situations. Chhori will work with government, owners and customers to help promote a system that regulates the adult entertainment sector and ensures it is child labour free.
The project will work to protect the human rights of women and girls affected by or vulnerable to being exploited in the entertainment industry in Kathmandu valley and Nuwakot districts of Nepal. To achieve this end, Chhori will focus on four main components:
Based in Kathmandu, Chhori is a small, women-led, grassroots organisation dedicated to reducing violence, trafficking, abuse, and exploitation among women and girls. The organisation seeks to protect women and girls, help them advocate for their rights, and empower them to increase awareness of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation (CSEC) issues among their communities.
The goal of Chhori’s 2016-2017 project is to reduce the number of minors entering into and currently engaged in the adult entertainment sector. The project will work to protect the human rights of women and girls affected by or vulnerable to being exploited in the entertainment industry in Kathmandu valley and Nuwakot districts of Nepal. To achieve this end, Chhori will focus on three main objectives: facilitating mobile counseling camps, organising an advocacy initiative against CSEC, and supporting vulnerable groups in Nuwakot.
Chhori will engage with at least 420 girls who are in or at-risk of involvement in the adult entertainment sector. They will provide the girls with information and services to enable them to pursue employment free from sexual exploitation. Chhori also aims to provide counselling to 760 girls.
Chhori will provide emergency assistance in one village severely affected by the earthquakes. It will provide temporary shelter supplies, first aid and ensure that community members are aware of trafficking risks in a context of increased vulnerability.