Women LEAD

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Women LEAD is a non-governmental organization that provides women's leadership development training and advocacy in Nepal. It is based in Kathmandu, Nepal and Arlington, Virginia in the United States.[1]

The group originated as a leadership development organization for young women in Nepal from a 2010 project by Georgetown University students Claire Naylor[2] and Claire Charamnac.[3][4][5][6] Starting from a two-week pilot program serving 28 young women in 2010,[3] as of June 2013 the organization maintains three year-long programs serving 400 youth.[7] Initiatives include a leadership institute, an internship program and an entrepreneurship program, and the group keeps track of its graduates' progress after they take part in the program.[8][9]

In 2011, the group's founders were awarded a $10,000 grant from Davis Projects For Peace for the project, which they used to officially found Women LEAD after graduating.[10][11] In the same year, the group was a recipient of the annual "Generation Peace" award from Peace X Peace.[12] In 2012, the group was chosen by Women Deliver for the "Women Deliver 50" list of the "50 most inspiring ideas and solutions worldwide that are delivering for girls and women", in the category of "leadership and empowerment".[13] For International Women's Day in 2012, Woman LEAD organised a flash mob in Jawalakhel.[14]

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  1. ^ "Leadership Across The Globe -- What's Hope Got To Do With It?". Forbes. 2012-10-29. 
  2. ^ "Post-Conflict Empowerment: An Interview with Claire Naylor". Peace X Peace. 29 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Charamnac, Claire (April 25, 2012). "One Wish Before I Die: Let Women Lead". Huffington Post. 
  4. ^ "About Us". Women LEAD. 
  5. ^ "Teaching A Nation Of Young Women To LEAD". Women You Should Know. 2012-03-08. 
  6. ^ "Post-Conflict Empowerment: An Interview with Claire Naylor". Peace X Peace. 2011-11-29. 
  7. ^ "Himalayan Heroines". Women in the World Foundation. June 13, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Future of Feminism: Is Now!". Ms. (magazine). 2012-03-31. 
  9. ^ Bandana Shah (21 January 2012). "It's not about feminism, but collaboration!". República. p. 12. 
  10. ^ "Women Lead With Big Dreams". The Hoya. 2012-10-05. 
  11. ^ "Women LEAD Nepal". Davis Projects For Peace. 2011. 
  12. ^ "Honoring Women of Power and Peace". Peace X Peace. 2012-12-08. 
  13. ^ "Women Deliver 50". Women Deliver. 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  14. ^ Tripathi, Nikita (November 21, 2012). "Flash mobs: A hit in KTM City". República. 

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