NGO CSW/NY Announces 2016 NGO CSW Women of the Year Distinction Awardee
February 12, 2016 – New York, NY – In light of the launch of the 2030 Agenda, the committee of NGO CSW/NY has decided to honor two Women of Distinction Awardees!
A few days ago, we announced our first winner, Amina Muhammad, who will speak at our annual reception, which will take place on Tuesday, 15 March, 6pm at NYU Kimmel Center. Purchase tickets to the Reception here.
NGO CSW NY is proud to announce its second Women of Distinction Awardee, Ms. Bandana Ranafrom Nepal. Ms. Rana will be our keynote speaker for our Consultation Day on Sunday, 13 March at 92nd Street Y. Purchase tickets for Consultation Day here.
Bandana Rana is one of the key leaders of the women's movement in Nepal. She has devoted more than 25 years of active voluntary engagement in promoting women's rights and gender equality through the different organizations and networks she has founded and served. She has worked from the grassroots to the national, regional and global level to address the concerns of women survivors of violence and conflict, marginalized and destitute women and their empowerment. She has led and designed advocacy, research, and public outreach and community mobilisation programs for women’s rights over several years. Her passionate and many years of dedicated work has been in the area of violence against women, gendered conflict transformation, peace building and engendered media.
Ms Rana is the Founder Convenor of the National Network for Beijing Review and the Founder Coordinator of the National Network Against Domestic Violence. She is also one of the founders and the executive chair (2009 to 2015) of Saathi, a pioneer NGO founded in 1992 that works on preventing violence against women and girls. Saathi under Ms. Rana's leadership is particularly well recognised for its successful catalytic role in bringing about the voices of the grassroots community to the policy level as well as harmonising partnership and collaboration between Government and civil society organisations.
Ms Rana worked with Nepal Television for twenty years (initially full-time and later part-time) and founded Sancharika Samuha (Forum of Women in Media) and was its first elected president from 1998 to 2006. She was also the first woman to be appointed in the board of directors of Radio Nepal and also the first woman appointed in the National Press Council Board. She is also the former chair of the National Women's Commission.
Ms Rana is a passionate advocate of UNSCR 1325 and was the key architect in the drafting of the National Action Plan of Nepal on the implementation of UNSCR 1325 & 1820 with the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction. She is leading the civil society monitoring group "1325 Action Group." She has conducted training on UNSCR 1325 in India, Philippines, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
Ms Rana is a member of the Asia Pacific Regional Advisory Group for Women Peace and Security at UN ESCAP. She also served as member of the High Level Advisory Group for the UN Global Study on the implementation of UNSCR 1325. Ms Rana is the member of the UN Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group. She was the civil society speaker at the Global Leaders Meet for Gender Equality during the UN Post 2015 Summit in September 2015.
She is one of the founders and a member of the Asia Pacific Women's Alliance for Peace and Security (APWAPS) and a steering committee member of Global Network of Women Peacebuilders. Ms. Rana is currently the chair of the Global Network of Women Shelters (GNWS), which recently held its third world conference in November 2015 in Hague under her chair and convenorship.
Ms Rana through her long years of profound experience has proved to be a strong advocate nationally, regionally and globally, particularly in taking the voices and experiences of the local level to the various UN processes (Beijing Review, CEDAW, UNSCR 1325, ICPD and SDGs) and bringing the global experiences to influence and strengthen local level initiatives and accountability towards women's rights and empowerment.
About the Women of Distinction Award
This annual award is given to a woman or women in recognition of her leadership in the struggle for gender equality and women’s empowerment. The honoree is a leading activist from a developing country who can address the theme of the CSW, will benefit from participation in Consultation Day, and make a difference when she returns home.
About the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY
The NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY (NGO CSW/NY) is one of the three women’s committees of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the UN (CoNGO). Under CoNGO’s umbrella, the NGO CSW committees helped plan the NGO Forums at the UN World Conferences in Mexico, Copenhagen, Nairobi, and Beijing. NGO CSW/NY is a volunteer-based, non-profit NGO funded largely by individual contributions.