NAWHRD being an alliance has its wide range of network. We work in coordination with several organizations and alliances to advance human rights, fundamental freedoms, ending discrimination, and structural violence respectively.

  1. Women Forum for Women in Nepal.
  2. Worec Nepal.
  3. Mahila Ekta Samaj.
  4. Nepal Disabled Women Association.
  5. Shakti Samuha.

 

Our Campaigns:

 

1. Capacity building workshop with WHRD and elected women representative.

Capacity Building of WHRD and elected women Representative are conducted on two levels: Central and District level

 

  1. Central Level: National alliance of Women Human Right Defenders organized National Consultation at 11th, 12th and 13th December 2017 for WHRD. In the presence of more than 80 Women Human Rights Defenders from all 7 provinces, women Human Rights Defender’s 14th consultation and 10th general assembly was accomplished by promulgating a declaration paper which addresses the fact that without the abolishment of harmful traditional practices, constitutional right of gender equality and sustainable development goals assimilated by government can’t be achieved, and also demands to implement the policies on eradicating harmful customs. This consultation also declared to organize a 100 day campaign against all the harmful customs through the assistance of all the Women Human Rights Defenders from all 7 provinces. 
  2. District level: District network of Women Human Right Defenders organized a one day interaction program with WHRDs, elected women representative and other stakeholders on their local issues and how to put them forward on feminist forum. They are discussed the concept paper of Feminist forum and gave feedback on the basis of discussion. This interaction program was organised in below mentioned districts:

 

Province No: 1: Solukhumbu, Bhojpur, Dhankuta, Udayapur, Morang and Sunsari.

Province No: 2: Saptari, Siraha, Dhanusah, Mahottari, Sarlahi, Rautahat, Bara and Parsa.

Province No: 3: Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Kavre, Makawanpur, Sindhuli, Ramechap, Sindhupalchowk, Dhading, Nuwakot and Dolakha.

Province No: 4: Kaski, Syanja, Lamjung, Gorakha, Tanahun, Parbat, Baglung and Myagdi.

Province No: 5: Dang and Bardiya

Province No: 6: Surkhet, Rukum, Jajarkot, Salyan and Dailekh.

Province No: 7: Darchula, Baitadi, Bajhang, Bazura, Dadeldhura, Doti, Achham, Kanchanpur and Kailali. 

 

 

2. Feminist forum: 

 

Provincial Feminist Forum

Feminist forums with the slogan of "Women's bodily integrity, labour and identity is a pre requisite of federal republic democratic Nepal” were organized starting from 9th February to 7th April. These forums have been  taken as an opportunity to plan and strategize to ensure country gets transformed from women’s and marginalized peoples perspective or it can also be said from the perspective of those who were affected by long standing feudal, Unitarian, fundamentalist capitalist patriarchal mindset. To prevent this it was/is very important to make elected women understand women’s issue from women’s perspective, meaning of social transformation, that too giving examples of their own party manifesto and constitutional provisions. It was/is clear need to provide proper orientation on their rights, roles and strategies and make them feel that they are supported by the movement, and then they can play a pivotal role to ground democracy, social justice and equality from below. Following are the issues of discussion in each province:

Province 1: Women’s work and its identity

Province 2: Harmful traditional practices, challenges for democracy and human rights 

Province 3: Women friendly reconstruction after earthquake

Province 4: Women friendly reconstruction and secure employment

Province 5: Transitional justice and further way

Province 6: Provincial development’s prerequisite, women’s right to reproductive and sexual health

Province 7: Gender equality and self respect is province’s pride

 

3. Training for Deputy Mayors on 'Transformative Leadership for Socio-cultural transformation:

Local governments have been established as a powerful body in the midst of the public with power and resources that can ensure basic rights of the people. In this context, the local level representatives and especially the ones with judicial power will have salient decisive roles. Therefore, in order to bring the social-cultural transformation through institutionalizing the women's leadership, this training is designed to enhance leadership capacity of the deputy chair of the all 13 districts of province 3 and Women Human Rights Defenders. This training provides an opportunity to embed a feminist approach to bring social and cultural transformation. The training comprised of various sessions around transformative leadership and components and tools that will be instructive in creating such leadership.

This training was a collaboration of National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders and Isis-WICCE.

 

4. National feminist forum:  

Nepal triumph over long-term political anxiety and instability. It with struggle fought for federal democratic republic and finally at year 2074 succeeded at organizing all level elections and constructed new Nepal with provincial decentralization. At new government, there is participation of people who fought for social justice at community and those who dedicated their important lives against different types of structural discrimination. On the other hand, the country is seeking qualified leaders for establishing social justice, good governance, and economic prosperity. Understanding the current demand of society National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders (NAWHRD) organized three day National Feminist Forum at STAFF college, Jawalakhel, Kathmandu. The three day forum gathered guests and participants from diverse sector. The topic of the conference; “Transformed Leader for Socio-Cultural Transformation” was broad including different sub-themes which were being further discussed divided them in several sessions. At the end of this forum a 13 point declaration was promulgated and later presented to Rt. Honorable President Bidya Devi Bhandari.

 

 

 

 

   

 

5. CEDAW shadow report preparation and representation

 

a. Nationwide consultation:

CEDAW is the mechanism to make any state or international bodies or organization responsible and gender sensitive. CEDAW advocates equality in law, behavior and results. To make this mechanism responsible CEDAW in its article 18 have the provision of presentation of periodical report to be submitted by state within one year after the entry into the convention and every four year thereafter on the legislative, executive, judicial, administrative and others measures where they have adopted to give suitable environment to the provisions of the conventions. Furthermore, the report of a state is evaluated with the shadow report of civil societies, human right commission, UN agencies, INGO’s, international organization of human rights existing and working in the state.

 

 

The urgency of a shadow report is felt by NAWHRD because of the limitation of the report. It is felt by NAWHRD that the marginalized women and women human rights defenders (women and Trans) issues are left from the report. Stereotype and harmful practices is been excluded from the report the government of Nepal has presented as our state is in the stage of transformation, we are moving towards transformation, so the discriminatory out look towards women itself is the harmful tradition, this issue must be inked in the paper.

Realizing this urgency, National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders (NAWHRD) conducted a consultation program on CEDAW in each province for further positive transformation of government of federal democratic republic of Nepal on three issues violence against women, health and women human rights defenders. The periodic report of Nepal government for last year has already been submitted including all the positive improvements in the country. This report from the side of NAWHRD will work as a lobby within the civil society and all the province of the state.

 

b. Documentation:

 

  1. Sankalpa- Life Histories of WHRD: This year NAWHRD have successfully prepared/published the life history SANKALPA of Women Human right defenders who have struggled to advocate for women's rights who broke the barriers of social norms and culture,  family traditions and practices.
  2. Sahkarya: Sahkarya is a news letter that gets published semi-annually by the network. It consist of activites done by NAWHRD and also district activites performed by district chapters. Sahkarya is published in coordinaton with Whrds. On the basis of Disrtict reports NAWHRD have incorperrated all activites that were done by WHRDs in their respective district  as well as the activities that were accomplished  by the NAWHRD.  
               
  3. Notepad with concept papers of feminist forum was also published and were shared in all feminist forums.
  4. Collection of Declaration and code of Conduct of provincial feminist forum was also published after successful completion of provincial feminist forum. 
  5. Public hearing events
  6. NAWHRD has organized several public hearing events to bring crucial issues of human rights, women's rights, and poverty and food security in the foreground.

    National and district Alliance of WHRD organized several programs in the occasion of 16 days initiative to stop violence against women, 8th March, Women Martyr's day, etc. in order to sensitize about women's human right. Here is short introduction to those programs:

 

 

a.   Rally in International WHRD's day and book lunch of SANKALPA:

 

महिला मानव अधिकार रक्षक दिवसको उपलक्ष्यमा महिला मानव अधिकार रक्षकहरुको राष्ट्रिय संजालले काठमाडौमा बिहानै ¥यालीको आयोजना गरकोे थियो । बिहान ८ः३०मा माइतिघर मण्डला देखि नयाँबानेश्वर सम्म आयोजना गरिएको ¥यालीमा महिलाका कामको सम्मान गर, महिला हिंसा बन्द गर, महिला मानव अधिकार रक्षकको सुरक्षाको ग्यारेन्टी गर, महिला मानव अधिकार रक्षकको सुरक्षा नीति लागु गर, विभिेद गर्नु हिंसा हो, हिंसा हामी सहन्नौँ, महिला माथि भईरहेका सबै प्रकारका हिंसा अन्त्य गर जस्ता नारा लगाईएको थियो । भने महिलाको अधिकार भनेको पुरुषको विरोध होईन, महिला मानव अधिकार रक्षकमाथि आरोप लगाउन बन्द गर, महिला अधिकार मानव अधिकार लगायतका प्लेकार्ड लिएर तीन सय भन्दा बढी महिला मानव अधिकार रक्षकहरुको सहभागिता रहेको थियो । 
उक्त ¥याली बानेश्वरमा पुगेर कोणसभामा परिणत भएको थियो । कोण सभामा महिला मानव अधिकार रक्षक अंशु थापाले मधु गुरुङको श्वरमा रहेको ‘हामी बेग हौँ’ भन्ने गीतमा नृत्य प्रस्तुत गर्नु भएको थियो भने कोणसभामा महिला मानव अधिकार रक्षकहरुको राष्ट्रिय संजालका अध्यक्ष डा. रेणु अधिकारीले सम्बोधन गर्नु भएको थियो कोण सभालाई सम्बोधन गर्दै महिला मानव अधिकार रक्षकहरुको स्थापना, महिला मानव अधिकार रक्षकहरुको भोगाई र महिला मानव अधिकार रक्षकहरुले काम गरिरहँदा भएका प्रगतिको विषयलाई जोड्दै समाजमा भएमा विभिन्न प्रकारका हिंसा कम गराउनको लागि प्रहरीले भन्दा महिला मानव अधिकार रक्षकले भूमिका खेलेको बताउनु भएको थियो । 


महिला मानव अधिकार रक्षकको जिवन कथा संकल्प भाग तीन बिमोचन तथा महिला अधिकार रक्षकको सम्मान कार्यक्रम
महिला मानव अधिकार रक्षक दिवसको अवसरमा महिलाका अधिकारका लागि, मानव अधिकारका लागि काम गरिरहेका महिला मानव अधिकार रक्षकहरुको जिवन संघर्षका कथाहरुको संकलन संंकल्पको बिमोचन र महिला मानव अधिकार रक्षकहरुको सम्मान गरिएको छ । मानव अधिकार आयोगको सभा हलमा भएको उक्त कार्यक्रममा मानव अधिकार आयोगका प्रवक्ता मोहना अन्सारी, महिला मानव अधिकार रक्षक तथा सांसद द्धय रिमा नेपाली र उमावादीको आतिथ्यतामा उक्त कार्यक्रम सम्पन्न भएको थियो । कार्यक्रममा महिलाको अधिकारका लागि काम गरिरहेका ३५ जना महिला मानव अधिकार रक्षकहरुको जीवनकथा रहेको संकल्पको विमोचन गरिएको थियो भने, महिला अधिकारका लागि संचार जगतमा काम गरिहनु भएका पत्रकार निर्मला शर्मा, लोकशरी कुँबर र लक्ष्मी बस्नेतलाई कदरपत्र सहित सम्मान गरिएको थियो । 


कार्यक्रममा बोल्ने क्रममा महिला मानव अधिकार रक्षक भएरकाम गर्ने क्रममा वादी महिलाहरुको आन्दोलनको स्मरण गर्दै माननिय उमा बादीले सबैको साथ र सहयोगका कारण वादी महिलाहरुको अधिकार प्रत्याभूति भएको, सबैको साथका कारण आन्दोलन गर्न सम्भव भएको बताउनु भएको थियो । त्यसै गरि पत्रकार लोकशरी कुँबरले कैलालीमा महिला मानव अधिकार रक्षकहरुको आन्दोलनको इतिहाँसलाई खोदल्दै आफँुहरुले कसरी लोकतन्त्रको आन्दोलनदेखि अहिले सम्म महिला मानव अधिकार रक्षकहरुको योगदानको विषयमा बोल्नु भएको थियो भने । मानव अधिकार आयोगकि प्रवक्ता मोहना अन्सारीले महिला मानव अधिकार रक्षकको सुरक्षा नीतिको लागि मानव अधिकार आयोगले काम थाल्ने बताउनु भएको थियो । महिला मानव अधिकार रक्षकहरुको राष्ट्रिय संजालका अध्यक्ष डा रेणु अधिकारीले महिला मानव अधिकार रक्षकहरुका कामको सम्मान गर्नु पर्ने, सुरक्षा नीतिलाई मानव अधिकार आयोगको तर्फबाट अगाडी बढाउन पर्ने, विभिन्न क्षेत्रमा रहेका अधिकार रक्षकहरुले एकले अर्कोलाई साथ दिनु पर्नेमा जोड दिनु भएको थियो ।

 

 

b.   Women Martyr's day (6th December):

On the occasion of International Women's Martyr's day, 2018, National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders along with its network organizations organized a poem recitation program followed by candle lighting ceremony in the remembrance of those valiant, courageous and strong women who through their perseverance, sacrifice and hard work gave women's movement this height. Six immensely talented and creative poets recited their poems foregrounding contemporary issues of women.

 

c.   Rally against the proposed citizenship bill:

National alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders organized a rally against Nepal Citizenship Act Amendment Bill tabled in the house of representatives for discussion on 17th August, 2018. Several organizations and individuals who believe and work in women human rights participated in this rally. Over 150 people participated in that rally which started from Maitighar Mandala and ended with gathering. Various slogans such as: ‘My Citizenship, My Identity’, ‘Women are not second-class citizens’ and ‘Mothers can’t be treated as second-class citizens’, among others were demonstrated on placards and the protest marched towards Baneswor.  Addressing the gathering, Chairperson of National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders Dr. Renu Adhikari/Rajbhandari shared that despite of having a democratic government, it is highly frustrating and embarrassing that we are still fighting for the provision of citizenship through the mother. She also demanded for the amendment on the discriminatory provision on the constitution act. She mentioned that keeping mother as secondary in the constitution act shows government’s view and attitude toward women and its attempt to keep women as second class citizen which is a direct violence against women.

   

Despite heavy lobbying for the right of citizenship through either the father or mother, the new draft has once again attempted to keep 'the mother' as secondary through its new implications. The bill requires the mother to voluntarily disclose the name of the father or provide official evidence that the father cannot be identified to get a citizenship certificate for her kid in her name. This clearly depicts where we stand today and where our thinking stands. This bill contradicts Nepal constitution’s article 10 and article 11 (5) which mentions that ‘No citizen of Nepal may be deprived of the right to obtain citizenship’ and ‘A person who is born in Nepal from a woman who is a citizen of Nepal and has resided in Nepal and whose father is not traced shall be provided with the citizenship of Nepal by descent. Provided that his or her father is held to be a foreign citizen, the citizenship of such person shall be converted into naturalized citizenship as provided for in the Federal law’. Despite of having this provision in constitution, the bill that has been proposed have directly questioned a women’s/ mother’s existence and her importance in her child’s life. This provision has also questioned the struggle, sacrifice, motherhood and self-respect of those single mothers who have been raising their children alone.

 

d. Activism against rape:

National and district Alliance of WHRD organized several programs in the concern of rape in order to sensitize the government and other stakeholders about women's human right. District network of WHRD of Saptari organized a discourse program on this very issue. Addressing the rape and murder cases of Maya Bishwokarma, KabitaBista and NirmalaPanta at Kailali and Kanchanpur, the district network organized a anti-rape campaign from 3rd August. First phase of that campaign ended on 9th August.

Addressing the rape and murder case of 13 years old NirmalaPanta, NAWHRD has organized a four months (10th August to 10th December) anti-rape campaign. This campaign is addressing the rape and murder cases of NirmalaPanta, 13 years old girl from Pokhara, Kidnapping and murder of 9 months old girl, rape of 6 years old girl and 20 years old lady from Saptari, rape of 20 years old woman from Siraha, rape of 25 years old woman from Dhanusha, kidnapping and murder of 55 years old woman from Siraha, and demands for prompt and proper investigation of these cases and strict action against for culprit. This campaign also demands for proper protection mechanism from the government, psychosocial counselling, and assurance of proper education and establish environment for rehabilitation In the society for rape survivors below the age of 18.

 

    

The campaign demands for the eradication of root cause of rape which is the discriminatory traditional practices which sees woman as secondary, management of community police, psychosocial counselling, sexual education for youth, adolescents, effective implementation of fast-track court of government.

NAWHRD is organizing a silent protest in front of District Coordination Committee every Sunday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. We have also planned to focus the ‘16 days activism against Violence Against Women’ on rape.

 

Discussion Program

  a)  Sexual and reproductive health day:

In coordination of National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders, organizations working in the sector of women’s rights: WOREC Nepal, MahilaEktaSamaj, WOFOWON Nepal, Nepal Disabled Women Association co organized a discussion program on the topic ‘sexual and reproductive health rights as a tool for women empowerment’. Realizing the fact that the century long patriarchal structure and harmful traditional practices directed from the same have been curving and shaping women’s right to body and identity, this discussion program was organized.

    

 

Addressing the discussion, women, children and senior citizen minister Ms.ThammayaThapaMagar stated that sexual and reproductive health right is a constitutionall preserved right for every citizen.  She further added that due to violence originated from harmful traditional practices women are barred from receiving sexual and reproductive health which is also one of the reasons behind women’s subordination. In regards to which she shared her commitment on making laws and policies in order to address this issue. She also suggested that in order to address these issues the local level government can work in a collaborative manner with NGOs which will be more effective and fruitful.

 

Media Advocacy

This year Women Human Right Defenders district and national alliance make the space in Press, Visual, Online and Audio. More than 100 news covered by online and same amount of radio news and interviews were broadcast. More than 20 article are published in op-ed of national newspapers and rise the voice about women issue in Television debate more than 30 times.