Tell us about yourself: My name is Pragya Sherchan from Mustang, Nepal. I represent a youth-women and indigenous community from the High Himalayas. Currently, I am working at Prakriti Resources Centre as programme Officer and leading our Climate Change and Gender project. I primarily work with community-based women groups from different parts of Nepal. Our fundamental idea is to strengthen the knowledge, capacity, and leadership of women groups to lobby and advocate with the local government on localizing gender-just climate actions. I decided to step in this sector because my community and surrounding were and are observing and experiencing the adverse impacts of climate change, and to understand more and contribute to the conservation of mountain ecosystems.
What did you do with the JWH grant? With the grant, I will be attending the Summer Field School on Mountain Ecosystem and Resource Management in September 2023 in Hungary and I expect that this will help me to develop my career towards contributing to building resilient mountains and people.
What will the leadership development program bring you? Definitely, this course will enrich my knowledge of mountain development and connect me with diverse experts and friends of diverse backgrounds who have a common goal in building a resilient mountain ecosystem.
What is your dream? My dream is that my mountain community will be able to keep living in safe and livable mountains.
Also check out Pragya's blog here.