Bringing The Light: The Seven Women Documentary is an inspirational story about how a social enterprise has transformed the lives of thousands of women in Nepal. The documentary revolves around a story of a group of Nepalese women who, as part of a sustainable social enterprise led by an altruistic young Australian woman, have been empowered to change their lives from being cast-aside to being strong and proud, self-sufficient, beaming with grace and happiness. A documentary which shows you the courage, strong will, strength and resilience of Nepali women to have a better life.
Seven Women began in 2006 as a grassroots development project to create change for seven women who were found operating out of a tin shed and enduring harsh discrimination as a result of being disabled. At the present context, there are 6 branches of Seven Women(2 in KTM and 4 in other rural villages) which have trained and employed over 5000 women. Their program targets on socially and economically empowering marginalized and disabled women in Nepal through their skills training and employment. The year 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the Seven Women enterprise and they have finally been registered officially as a sustainable enterprise, a completely self sufficient business supporting thousands of women.
“As part of our celebration of 10 years running, we are aiming to release this awe inspiring full length documentary which follows the stories of several women in Nepal, each representing challenges women face globally – domestic violence, discrimination, lack of education, poverty, young marriage, risk of human trafficking and exploitation. Our documentary maker has been following our work for the past 4 years, travelling to Nepal and documenting the empowerment of women in our programs. It shows the impacts of literacy, skills training and income generation and brings awareness of important global issues,” writes Seven Women.
Major objectives of the documentary as listed by Seven Women are:
1. To educate others on the empowerment model of development
2. To highlight the importance of educating and empowering women.
3. To raise awareness of fair trade and educate consumers to understand the direct impact our consumerism can have on another. We will do this by offering fair trade products made by the women in Nepal at the end of our screenings.
4. To fundraise to support Seven Women’s future vision
5. Provide the opportunity to travel to Nepal on a Hands on Development tour and see our work in action.
6. Encourage people to volunteer their time and skills with Seven Women