Message: “Voice for women and child labor in restaurant sector for violence and exploitation free professional society”
Biswas Nepal is a non-governmental, non-profitable organization established in 2065 BS, affiliated with social welfare council with the objectives of to help women and children,to get their rights and professional security engaged in adult entertainment sector so called dance, Dohori, cabin restaurant and small hotel along with advocacy. Organization mainly emphasizing on the advocates for rights of the workers in the name of labor, sexual exploitation, women human right through unifying and empowering them. Moreover, it has been also doing the sensitization program to governmental and non-governmental stakeholders regarding adult entertainment sector and its profession in order to make socially dignified and decent work from its establishment. Actually, organization established through entertainment survivor, have in-depth knowledge, and experience about entertainment sector.
School and community orientation:Since, the launches of different funded program from 2065, Biswas Nepal has organized different awareness program inside/outside of Kathmandu valley. More than nine district have sensitized over the year of 2017. Through this way, Biswas Nepal has formed two-child group as focal group for sensitization in different areas, government school orientation and community orientation now and then conducted by this group. More than 3000 students and 5000 community people have oriented until the time and orientations to additional communities and schools are in planning.
Monitoring and evaluation of AES: Biswas Nepal and Monitoring & action team of government (MAC) jointly organized the program of monitoring and evaluation of AES regarding their current status mainly during M&E process documents such as, salary status, staff recruitment process, restaurant registration, renew etc are the major steps for checklist. This is one of the major and never-ending activities for Biswas Nepal.
NCCHT Members:Biswas Nepal Chairperson Ms. Tara Bhandari has selected in National committee for controlling human trafficking leading the ministry of women and children at secretary, which is one of the national alliance on issue of combat anti humantrafficking work. It closely to oversee and effectively implement the policies and program for overall development and coordinating of all activities related combating human trafficking.
ATWEEN board: Biswas Nepal recently involved in board member of ATWEEN, which is 40 organizations umbrella network, working with anti-human trafficking in Nepal.
Campaign for right network: This is the umbrella loose network of those organizations, who directly or indirectly involved in reduction of vulnerabilities, happening in adult entertainment sector along with the project of protection, prevention, prosecution and advocacy. Biswas Nepal is now leading this umbrella network since 2015.
Involvement in Trade Union Congress: Board members and general members of Biswas Nepal directly involved in trade union congress, because Biswas Nepal does the right based work for adult entertainment sector and CSEC.
This year, Biswas Nepal president Ms. Tara Bhandari rewarding with great honor from Chhori organization as SAHAHI CHHORI of Nepal in the subject of activist of commercial sexual exploitation in adult entertainment sector in Kathmandu valley.
Government school and community orientation
Earthquake and emergency support
Media interaction program
Team building and fund raising
Biswas Nepal is a non-governmental, non-profitable organization established in 2065 BS, with the objectives of to help women get their rights and professional security engaged in entertainment sector (dance, Dohori, cabin restaurant and small hotel) along with advocacy. Organization mainly emphasizing on the advocates for rights of the workers in the name of labor, sexual exploitation, women human right through unifying and empowering them. Moreover, it has been also sensitizing to the stakeholders regarding this sector and profession in order to make socially dignified and decent work.
Biswas Nepal organized various number of services oriented as well as support-oriented activities and done it with full enthusiasm with the support of partners (TDH, Geneva global) by this year. Enhancing skills through life skill training, psychosocial training, income generation activities, formal school support, family reintegration, semi classes in different burning issues, legal and health classes, field visit in entertainment sector and DIC running are the major activities done. Further continuation, Biswas always raised the issue and advocate for those children who are under age of 18 and not to enforcing them into labor in exploitative situation. Coordination and collaboration, Interaction, meeting and sensitization program done with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders during this year. MAC, Media, Community police, restaurants associations and trade union were highly participated in the program with the objective of entertainment sector systematic and entertainment sector worker’s right and occupational safety.
Establishment of entertainment sectors as respectful and dignified occupation where exploitations and any form does not exist.
To organize the entertainment sector by uniting and sensitizing society, stakeholders against all kinds of exploitation, injustice, oppression and maltreatment.
To initiate for the dignified life of entertainment sector workers by providing them their rights and professionalsecurity.
- To advocate for the fundamental rights of women workers in restaurants, their appointment letter, working time etc.
- To improve the educational and financial standards of workers, emphasis on education, skills and promote them for alternative occupation.
- To make women worker’s life easier and simpler focuses on variety of knowledge orientated and awareness programs.
- To rescue and rehabilitate the children (under 18) of this sector in their family and society through alternative services and facilities.
- To support in providing legal services to the exploited, unjust and oppressed women workers.
- To give attention to improve the health level of workers by providing consultation and assistance.
Biswas Nepal is advocating and working in alliance with various likeminded networks in order to achieve its goals and objectives.
- Campaign for rights
- Alliance against trafficking of women in Nepal (AATWIN)
- National child protection alliance (NCPA)
- National coordination committee for controlling human trafficking (NCCHT)
Situational analysis of working area:
Biswas Nepal formed for helping those children and women working at adult entertainment sector as well as commercial sexual exploitation of children in any sector. Dance bars, cabin restaurants, massage parlors, hotels and Dohori restaurants inside the Kathmandu valley are the major vulnerable sector of working. So that, Biswas has developed its own analytical frame work for work. Major concerned of this organization is, the situation of entertainment sectors such as, appointment letter, duration of time for job, ID card, holiday, salary level etc, which also the major concerned of government officials. Supreme Court directive and operational guideline against sexual exploitation still not implemented well as a result; this sector is not prestigious, decent, unsystematic and highly motivated on illegal matters. Due to this lacking, children working on this sector is more exploited and harassments situation.
Biswas Nepal is an organization working only for the restaurant workers so that, it only offers the membership opportunity to women from this sector not to men. There are seven executive board members, 50 founding members, 10 long life members and 98 general members in Biswas Nepal.
Biswas Nepal has a family of 12 staff members’ 80% female working in Kathmandu valley however; it worked in source district such as, Gorkha, Sindhupachock, Nuwakot, Dhanding, Kavre, and Dolkha.
DIC operation, rehabilitation and reintegration, life skill training, psychosocial counselling
Prevention and protection:
Government school and community orientation programme on AES and CSEC
Source district awareness and orientation on AES programme
Creating a safe and violence free environment for women working in adult entertainment sector
Prosecution and Advocacy:
Implementation of operational guideline against commercial sexual exploitation of AES.
Creating and enabling safe working environment in order to minimize sexual violence and promote them for rehabilitation and re integration.
Legal aid and legal orientation, awareness on AES issue.
Partnership and alliance with networks, campaign for rights, ATWEEN, NCCHT, NCPA and coordination with government agencies, MAC.
Terre des hommes (TDH)
Geneva global (freedom fund)
Research and Publication:
Annual report of Biswas Nepal,
Hand diary, T-shirt, IEC materials, AES and CSEC related documentary and drama
Newspaper and Clipping
Emerging trend of adult entertainment sector by Ms. Tara Bhandari
Current issues regarding AES publishing bi monthly by Antarjilla Weekly news
Street drama: Playing street drama, as exciting event drama and music presented in different public places, where artist from Biswas Nepal was performed that aim to mass communication as a message of AES and CSEC in working place.
Government school and community awareness and orientation: One of the major and preventive activities for Biswas Nepal is too aware on AES and CSEC for the community and school. Generally,eight, nine and ten grade’s students are highly preferable for orientation.
National coordination committee for human trafficking (NCCHT):After associating with NCCHT, regular meeting about internal as well as external trafficking of women and children happening in Nepal.
MAC monitoring and evaluation: With leading of chief district officer (CDO), women development officer there are number of visit for monitoring and evaluation happening in night based restaurants such as, dance bars, cabin bars and Dohori sanj restaurants inside the Kathmandu valley. Monitoring and evaluation is making according to checklist.Restaurant registration, renew, appointment letter and other workers benefited concerns were included.