Women’s Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC Nepal) is a non-governmental organization working for the protection and promotion of human rights. Established in 1991, WOREC is one of the leading national organizations that works to prevent violence against women, its causes and consequences, and to ensure economic, social and cultural well-being of women as well as other marginalized groups by promoting their access to rights and social justice. WOREC started her work with an objective to prevent trafficking of women and children and advocate for the rights of survivors, whereas in course of work, with the realization that trafficking is one among various other outcomes of women rights violations, WOREC started to work from broader perspective for women’s right without losing the focus against trafficking. WOREC is the first organization in the country to introduce concept on safe migration as a tool for prevention of trafficking, and now with learnings and experiences from ground has been broadened within organization's work frame including labor rights and right to mobility as key to prevent trafficking and slavery-like practices.
Being an organization guided by feminist values, WOREC believes that women’s right to control over her body, sexuality and reproduction/production is a key to enable women to exercise her rights. To achieve this, WOREC has been working on women’s sexual and reproductive rights since establishment. Initiating the concept of barefoot gynecologist based on 'Our Bodies, Ourselves' concept, developing manuals to facilitate grassroots women to understand their body, body politics and outcomes have always been a major intervention area. WOREC has been successful to mainstream discussion on issues related with uterine prolapse and obstetric fistula as violation of women’s right in general. Integrated approach in programs can bring a difference in women’s life. As a result, WOREC has been practicing integrated, programmatic approach in her work. Community-based women health and counseling centers, model farms based on bio-intensive farming concepts, engagement with women and other community groups for political participation and equal representations are some of the exemplary works of WOREC. In the last 23 years of her work, WOREC has been successful to establish survivors-led powerful organizations, networks, and they play the role of catalyst to change different national policies such as policy against trafficking, national policy to address uterine prolapse, law to facilitate safe abortion, domestic violence law, integrated pest management, organic farming, property right and several other progressive polices on women’s right.
A society based on women’s rights where social justice is guaranteed.
WOREC will continue campaign for the promotion of human rights and sustainable community development based on social justice.
Ensure economic, social and cultural rights and minimize violence against women through women’s empowerment
Our programs and campaigns
WOREC's work is divided mostly into three campaigns—Violence against Women (VAW), Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) and Sustainable Peace campaign. There are activities like orientations, advocacy, documentation, trainings, counselling, interaction programs, and seminars held on a regular basis to reach out to women and other marginalized communities, and to facilitate their access to rights and justice. Similarly, information booths and hotline services are also available so that the women victimized by violence can get support from WOREC immediately. Within these campaigns, there are Junior Technical Assistance (JTA) and Community Livestock Assistance (CLA) classes being run on a regular basis.
Where we work
At present, WOREC has its presence in 12 districts—Morang, Sunsari, Jhapa, Udaypur, Siraha, Dhanusha, Rupandehi, Salyan, Dang, Kailali, Kathmandu and Lalitpur. However, through different campaigns and programs, WOREC has been working for the people throughout the country. Its main office is situated in Lalitpur, along with other branch offices in Morang, Udaypur, Salyan, Kailali, Dang, Dhanusha and Siraha. Currently, there are three training centers being run by WOREC in Dang, Morang and Udaypur. There are also classes on JTA and CLA programs being carried out at the Udaypur branch.
Executive members (2014-2016)
Dr. Renu Rajbhandari
Ms. Bindu Pokharel Gautam
Ms. Bindra Maharjan
Ms. Jaya Luintel
Dr. Poonam Risal
Ms. Anita Shrestha
Ms. Sunita Danuwar
Ms. Rita Kumari Mahato
Ms. Maiya Magar
WOREC is a founder of various national networks like Alliance against Trafficking of Women and Children (AATWIN) and National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders (NAWHRD). We also work actively with many other national and international networks and coalitions around the world.
- Human Rights Alliance (Alliance Nepal)
- Alliance against Trafficking of Women and Children (AATWIN)
- National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders (NAWHRD)
- Human Rights Treaty Monitoring Coordination Committee (HRTMCC)
- National Network for Safe Migration
- NGO Federation
- Alliance for Human Rights and Social Justice
- Right to Food Network
- Global Alliance against Traffic in Women (GAATW)
- Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA)
- Asia Pacific Forum for Women, Law and Development (APWLD)
WOREC works with different partner agencies sharing similar goal and vision. Some of our partners include ICCO (Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation, Holland), MISEREOR, AEI, DCA (Danish Church Aid), Danish Embassy, EC (European Commission), FOSI (Foundation Open Society Institute), PLAN Nepal, KIOS, WDP (Women World Day of Prayer German Committee), UNFPA, and GFW (Global Fund for Women).