Training of Trainers and Strategic Workshop held

Training of Trainers and Strategic Workshop held

Saathi has conducted a Training of Trainers and Strategic Workshop to implement its’ project named ‘Implementation support to Government of Nepal’s five-year National Strategy and Action Plan (NSAP) for combating gender-based violence (GBV)’ in cooperation from ESP/DFID from 16 April- 19 April, 2013. Representatives, Project Coordinators, Finance and Administration officers at Tharu Women Upliftment Centre, Bardiya ,Fatima Foundation, Banke, Social Welfare, Education, Environment and Tourism Nepal, Dadeldhura, Samabikas Nepal, Accham and Conflict victim Single Women Development Centre (CVSWDC), Kanchanpur, with whom Saathi signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to implement the project,  had participated the Program. The project aims to support government of Nepal to implement the GBV NSAP 2069-2074 BS.  In order to achieve its goal, the project supports particularly to strategic recommendations no 3, 8, 9 and 12 of GVB NSAP 2069-2074. 

The GVB NSAP strategy 3 reads that Government of Nepal launches awareness campaign for gender equality by adopting zero tolerance policy against Gender Based Violence whereas strategy 8 states the easy access of the Gender Based Violence (GBV) affected persons to health services and facilities. Strategy 9 calls for the increased collaboration between government and non government stakeholders for addressing the GBV whereas strategy 12 is about mobilization of men and boys for mitigating GBV.

Also, the project aims to help to operationalise the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which were drafted by Gender Coordination Unit (GECU) in 2011 in order to combat GBV. The SOPs clarify the roles, responsibilities and the accountability of the concerned stakeholders. At present, the SOPs are not fully functional.

Speaking at the inaugural session of the four days workshop, Bandana Rana President of Saathi expressed happiness for getting opportunity to support government of Nepal to implement its’ five-year National Strategy and Action Plan(NSAP) for combating gender-based violence (GBV) through

‘Implementation support to Government of Nepal’s five-year National Strategy and Action Plan(NSAP) for combating gender-based violence (GBV)’ project in six district of mid western and far western development regions of Nepal .

Speaking at the inaugural session, Dr Karuna Onta, Social Development Advisor at DFID and guest of the Inaugural ceremony thanked Saathi and district partners for their initiation to implement this project that aims to support Government of Nepal (GoN) to implement NASP. Also, she informed that NASP is one of the outcomes of DFID support on Gender Based Violence through Office of Prime Ministers and Council of Ministers (OPMCM). “As government alone can’t do anything for empowering women and fighting against Gender based Violence, CSO’s intervention on this area is a must”, she opined.

Requesting participants to best utilize the moments of four days ToT and workshop, particularly sessions from government line ministry joint secretaries  and experts to link them to project implementation process, she added that the project is flexible and there is enough room for refinement of its activities on mutual consent for the better output. She stressed on research based activity planning and stated that DFID wants to see visible improvement on some of NASP indicators through the implementation of the project.

Mr Phanindra Adhikari , Team Leader at ESP presented the ESP presence in Nepal , its strategic area of intervention, theme and however informed that ESP is on verge of phasing out from Nepal. “We are not sure if ESP will be here in Nepal in days to come or not, we want issues covered by ESP are carried on by different donors and CSOs. Hence, we want Saathi to lead on GBV issues” he said. He hoped that newly launched program ‘Implementation support to Government of Nepal’s five-year National Strategy and Action Plan (NSAP) for combating gender-based violence (GBV)’ in cooperation from ESP/DFID is not only for raising awareness on GBV but also for developing coordination mechanism between govt and Non govt agencies for addressing the GBV issues. He stressed the coordination amongst the government and non government agencies both on national and local level for effective implementation of the project.

The Four days workshop not only equipped participants with knowledge on issues and policy provisions on GBV but also enabled them to develop an action plan for the implementation of the project.

 

 

 

 

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