Our project is located in Simikot at about 3,100 m above sea level, in the northwesternmost and most remote area of Nepal. Simikot is one of the most underdeveloped regions in the world. There are no roads, all transports are carried out on humans and animals. Due to the steep, barren landscape and the long winter, the population suffers up to 6 months of hunger and malnutrition almost every year.
The high illiteracy rate (20% for men, 60% for women), the strict caste system and massive poverty provide fertile ground for the continued practice of dangerous ritual customs, exploitation and violence. The main victims are women and girls.