INSEC on Sneha Kendra Operations Management Committee

  June 14, 2024 By: INSEC

INSEC representative Manohar Kumar Pokharel has been selected as the Vice-chairperson of the 11-member management committee on June 13 to operate Sneha Kendra (Female Friendly Space). This facility was established to reduce gender-based violence risks for fire victims, pregnant women, postnatal women, teenagers, children, and senior citizens in Mahadeva Rural Municipality-1, Chimti.

Pokharel has been selected as the Vice-chairperson of the 11-member management committee formed under the leadership of Archana Yadav, the vice-chairperson of the Rural Municipality, in a meeting held at the Mahadeva Rural Municipality office.

Similarly, under the leadership of Chairperson Sunil Kumar Mandal, Jayashwar Kishor Das, Ward Chairperson of Mahadeva Rural Municipality Ward No. 1, was selected as Secretary, Chanar Kumari Mandal, Chief of the Women’s Department of Mahadeva Rural Municipality was chosen as Co-Secretary, and Anita Devkota, District Chairperson of Women Human Rights Defenders Network, was appointed as Treasurer of the newly formed management committee.

Other members of the committee include Yogendra Seth from the Education Department, Lalit Kumar Yadav from the Health Department, Sabita Bairagi from the Women, Children, and Senior Citizen Service Center, Psychologist Rambhakumari Sardar, and a representative from Bathanaha Police Station. Chairperson Mandal has been selected as the Advisor to the committee.

Sneha Kendra aims to accommodate pregnant women, children, and senior citizens affected by the severe fire on 30 April 30. Sneha Kendra, jointly operated by WOREC Nepal and Mahadeva Rural Municipality, provides all necessary arrangements including food, accommodation, and hygiene, as per Psychoanalyst Ranjana Chaudhary. Additionally, Chaudhary informed that mental health issues arising from the disaster will be addressed through treatment and psychosocial counseling.

Sunita Mainali, Executive Director of WOREC, informed that women and children are more at risk during disasters. Therefore, Sneha Kendra has been established in Ward No. 1 for the fire-affected area of Mahadeva Rural Municipality. According to Mainali, women and children left homeless by the fire, those who don’t have a safe environment to live in and who have become victims of violence, will reside in this Female Friendly Space. Additionally, they are provided with all necessary arrangements for their food, accommodation, treatment, and psychosocial counseling until they are ready to return home.

Women at Sneha Kendra are educated about potential post-disaster violence, how to respond to such situations,  how to help each other, and stress management techniques. Chairman Sunil Kumar Mandal of the Mahadeva Rural Municipality said that this work done for the safety of women and children during the disaster is commendable.


Manohar Kumar Pokharel