About

Women in Nepal are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, with issues such as rising water scarcity and more frequent and intense natural disasters disproportionality affecting them. Women are also increasingly seen as crucial leaders in the fight against climate change. This means that reporting on women in Nepal in the context of climate change is becoming ever more vital.   

Through the Road to COP26 campaign, the British Council is offering 16 women reporters in Nepal the opportunity to take part in a specialised five-week media workshop on the links between gender and climate change, followed by mentoring and grant support to publish original reportage. The five-week workshops, which commences from 22 June, 2021, will be delivered virtual.  

Road to COP26 is sponsored by UKAID.  

The workshop  

The workshop is scheduled to take place over five weeks on Tuesday and Thursday mornings,  beginning Tuesday 15 June 2021. It will be led by British freelance climate journalist Jocelyn Timperley, who reports on climate change for a variety of publications including Wired UK and BBC Future. Participants will develop their skills on climate change reporting, with a specific focus on gender in Nepal, through a series of classes, guest lectures and interactive exercises. Classes will look at how climate change impacts women and the ways that women are showing resilience and strength in the face of climate change. It will feature sessions on the practice of climate journalism, such as science reporting, narrative structures, creative storytelling and pitching, as well as a range of guest speakers from the UK and Nepal. By the end of the course you will have developed an understanding of the science of climate change and gender, the specific impacts of climate change on women in Nepal and the different creative and narrative structures you can use to report on your own climate stories.   

About the facilitator 

Jocelyn Timperley is a freelance climate and science journalist from Scotland, now based in Costa Rica. She writes a weekly climate solutions newsletter for Wired UK and covers climate change for a wide variety of publications including BBC Future, BBC Science Focus,  China Dialogue, Climate Home News, Energy Monitor and DeSmog UK.  

Jocelyn previously covered climate policy for Carbon Brief and the green economy for BusinessGreen. She has an MA in science journalism from City University London and studied environmental chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. 

Participants

Sixteen participants were selected to be a part of the workshop through a Nepal-wide open that ended on 7 June, 2021. The diverse group includes women reporters from different parts of Nepal and make use of print, video, audio and multimedia to tell stories.  

Learn about what the participants have to say here  

Apsara Samal 

Apsara Samal is from Udayapur. She worked as a news writer, speaker and reporter for Radio Udayapur and later went on to become news and programme coordinator. Samal has worked as a station manager of Radio Udayapur for 10 years, during which time she conducted programmes on climate change and issues faced by ethnic and indigenous communities.  

She is currently working as a programme coordinator at the Women's Empowerment Resource Center in Udayapur, running a campaign for leadership development of young women. Apsara has continues to broadcast radio programmes to discuss contemporary issues. 

Bidhya Rai 

Bidhya Rai hails from Bhojpur and is currently based in Kathmandu. She is a journalist with Kantipur Publications and reports on investigative stories and does in-depth features on women, children, human rights, good governance, socio-political issues and news media. She participated in 'Investigative Journalism Asia Conference, South Korea’ in 2018. 

Bidhya uses media as a tool for advocacy around policies who has spent six years as a reporter in print media, television, radio and online media. She likes to visit remote villages of Nepal and report on the issues people are facing. 

Gaganshila Khadka 

Gaganshila Khadka began her journey in journalism from Radio Resunga 106.2 MHz in Gulmi.  Currently she is working as an editor at Radio Nepal Online and Nari Khabar.com.  

With an experience in journalism spanning over 15 years, Gaganshila is a member of the US Embassy's Youth Council, Ambassador of Welcome Womanhood to Nepal, and a Fellow of the Antenna Foundation, Panas South Asia and Media Foundation. She has received several awards for her work, including the Education Journalism Writing Scholarship Award, the Radio Kantpur Jounralism Award, Journalism Award Against Human Trafficking, and the Regional Education Journalism Award. 

Kabita Shrestha 

Kabita Shrestha is a journalist from Pokhara and has been working as an RJ and Programme Producer at Radio Annapurna since the last 18 years. Hamro Shahar Safa Shahar, Aaja Ka Naari, are social issue themed programmes that she has been producing and hosting via the radio. She is also a columnist with online portyal www.parichay.com.  

Kabita is also working as a General Secretary of Sancharika Samuha, Gandaki, an group that is committed to empower women journalists and develop leadership. 

Krishnamaya Upadhayay 

Born in Nuwakot, Krishnamaya Upadhayay journey as a journalist began through radio. She worked as a reporter and news anchor for Radio Karnali for three years. She then joined Nari Aawaj Jumla—the first radio station run by women in Karnali—where she worked as the head of news. Since 2016, she is working as the Jumla correspondent for the BBC Nepali Service. Acknowledging her contributions, Krishnamaya was honoured by Press Council in 2018 with the Women Empowerment Journalism Award.  

Madhuri Kumari Mahato 

Madhuri Mahato is a Birgunj-based Journalist. Her 13-year journalism career commewnced from community radio Narayani FM where she is still working. Since the past five years, she has been associated with BBC Nepali Service as a correspondent for Province No. 2. 

Madhuri Kumari has reported on various topics including illiteracy, poverty, violence against women, and climate change. She is passionate about telling stories of the struggles and successes of the people in her community.  

Marissa Leena Taylor 

Marissa Taylor has been working as a journalist since 2013. In the past eight years, she has worked with The Kathmandu Post, The Himalayan Times and M&S Vmag. Currently, she is Assistant Editor at The Record Nepal, a digital publication. Before joining The Record, she was Culture & Arts editor at The Kathmandu Post. Besides her editing duties, she has over the years pursued longform reporting, with a focus on the environment. Last year, she was among the grantees that were part of the Thomson Reuters Foundation Reporting on Climate Change programme. 

Nirmala Khadayat 

Nirmala Khadayat’s started her journalism career from Nagarik FM, Kanchanpur. She is now working as the Kailali District correspondent for Kanchanpur's Community FM Shuklaphanta, Nepal Television and NTV Kohalpur. She has been producing television programmes including news content. Nirmala has also worked with Ujyalo Radio, Radio Dhangadhi, Kantipur magazine, Ujyalo Online, Online Pana and other media. She is interested in in-depth reporting of women issues and the environment. 

Nisha Rai 

Nisha Rai has worked as a journalist in Nepali Media for over ten years. She has significant experience covering a wide range of subjects and working in print, online, radio, and television. Nisha is particularly interested in gender equality and social inclusion, federalism, and society.  She also works for a national-level NGO managing a community forestry project whose major themes are gender and climate change. She advocates for gender equality and highlights social issues, actively participating in social media debates. 

Nitu Ghale 

Nitu Ghale from Lalitpur has been working at the Annapurna Post daily for six years now. She is interested in writing research-based stories and works to represent through her stories individuals and groups whose voices are largely unheard. Her emphasis is on supporting the development of an inclusive society where people of every gender, caste, religion, and society get equal rights and opportunities. 

Recently, she completed an investigative journalism training programme conducted by Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP, USA) and Confluence Media (India). This training has inspored here to work on investigative stories. She has also worked with Photo.Circle as a grantee and a visual storytelling workshop participant.   

Sabitri Giri 

Sabitri Giri, who has worked as a journalist for the past 13 years, started out as a radio broadcaster. She started reporting from Gurwawa FM, Basgadhi, Bardiya, but later joined Krishnasara FM, Nepalgunj. Since then she has opted for print and TV media as well. She worked for the Nepal Environment Journalists Group, headquartered in Kathmandu and is now reporting for Nepal Television Kohalpur and Asal Sasan media.

Sonam Choekyi Lama 

Sonam Choekyi Lama is an aspiring storyteller from the remote mountainous region of Dolpo, Nepal. Sonam has a Bachelor's degree in Media Studies. She has worked as a multimedia journalist, focusing on the issues of conservation, environment, women and border culture and mountain issues in her hometown. She is currently leading the Snow Leopard Conservation Trek initiated by Snow Leopard Journeys. 

Sonam Choekyi is interested in knowing how she can incorporate indigenous knowledge and modern science to combat climate crises.  

Sonam Lama

Sonam Lama is a freelance journalist writing on social and environmental justice. Her journey in media commenced through working with a national daily which further encouraged her to hone her skills to become a multimedia journalist.  

She received an SCNJIR fellowship and worked on an investigative multimedia story dealing with climate issues in Kailali District. In early 2020, she received a six-month fellowship on Climate Change for Himalayan Journalists from India and Nepal organised by TERI, India and Earth Journalism Network. The fellowship further opened opportunities for her to participate in workshops organised by Asian Development Bank, Thomson Reuters Foundation and Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities. Some of her recent works are published in TERI’s YouTube Platform and The Record Nepal. When not pursuing a story, she can be found reading, gardening or meditating. 

Sunita Sakhakarmi 

Sunita Sakhakarmi, from Bhaktapur, is currently working at Ekagaj Online Media, Kathmandu. She writes news articles on cultural issues as well as environmental issues. A Master’s student at Ratna Rajya Laxmi Campus, her journey in journalism started from Kantipur Daily. She has also worked at Shikshapatra Weekly, Dekhapadhi Online Media. Sakhakarmi finds it important to write about climate change crises and how it impacts human life. 

Urmila Gamwa Tharu  

Urmila Gamwa Tharu is from Belarus, Kanchanpur, and is currently based in Kathmandu. She is a researcher and a freelance reporter. Her works address issues related to identity, culture, language, politics, and history of the terai region, which concerns the Indigenous Tharu community in the country. She also works as presenter for Chali Gochali, a Tharu language programme broadcast in Indigenous Television.  

She is also involved as an assistant curator at Kathmandu Triennale. She is a member of Tharu Sahityik Sammelan, Federation of Indigenous Nationalities Litterateur of Nepal (FINLON), and is also a member of Champan Sanskritik Samuha which is working on the preservation of historical Tharu indigenous songs, dance, and musical instruments.  

Sujata Karki 

Sujata Karki has been working at naturekhabar.com since 2015. She has been continually reporting and following up on stories related to the environment and writing stories on how climate change issues link to agriculture, disaster, health and tourism. Recently, she has been looking at climate change through a gender lens, finding the need to bring to wider audience the voices of women in the issue, who are more often than not provided scarce attention.  

Course outline

Week 

Topics 

Overview of climate science, basics of gender and climate 

Workshop: Reporting on science papers 

Climate impacts in Nepal, impacts of climate change in Nepal on women, climate attribution 

Workshop: Solutions jouranlism 

Empowering women as a climate solution, agriculture and women in Nepal,  gender representation in reporting, Nepal and climate change in international media 

Workshop: Narrative forms and creative formats  

Women and climate adaptation, how to find climate stories, climate migration 

Workshop: Perfect your pitch 

The Paris Agreement and COP26, Nepal’s role in UN climate negotiations, climate change and gender in UK media 

Workshop: Finalising grant proposals 

 

Each week will also feature additional guest speakers from Nepal and the UK.