“Women’s Participation and Protection for Peace and Development”
2nd December, 2010
Saathi in collaboration with WAPPDCA organized an interactive round table discussion entitled “Women’s Participation and Protection for Peace and Development” with the view of strengthening accountability of different stakeholders towards the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and 1820 National Action Plan (NAP). The discussion focused on the role of different stakeholders (Government, International Development Partners, and Women’s Groups), challenges foreseen, partnership and collaborative mechanisms, and immediate strategies for the implementation.
During the discussion program the moderator posed questions revolving around these issues and each panelist representing their respective organization provided brief and succinct response to the queries. At the start of the program Ms. Bandana Rana the moderator of the program, explained the processes adopted for developing NAP in Nepal. Informing about the contents of NAP, Ms. Rana said that by considering the impact of the armed conflict, special protection should be provided to women during the armed conflict and post conflict. She also highlighted the importance of women’s role in the peace process.
Speaking at the program Chief Guest Dr, Trilochan Upreti, Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers and Member Secretary of the Gender Based Violence Action Plan said that he was positive that the NAP document would get prime importance once it would be sent to the Council of Ministers for endorsement. He also informed that the government under the Gender Based Violence Action Plan had already initiated it’s work and had formed special committees and established support fund in some districts to help survivors of violence. He also stated that the action plan would increase the degree of protection and decisive participation of the women in the ongoing peace process.
Addressing the program, Mr. Sadhuram Sapkota, Under Secretary, Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction, said that as of now NAP was forwarded to 18 organisations with the objective of soliciting inputs in the shape of comments and suggestions on the contents of the NAP. He added that within the next ten days the process of collection of suggestion would be completed and within two or three weeks NAP would be submitted at the cabinet for its endorsement. As and when the action plan is endorsed by the cabinet then the implementation plan would be formalized, he informed.
During the program representative development partners from UNIFEM, UNFPA, Norwegian Embassy and Alliance for Social Dialogue also expressed their commitment and continued support for the implementation of NAP as 1325 and 1820 had already been recognized as a priority theme in their respective organizations.
Representative from Nepal Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police force said that there was a positive increment in the number of women in security sector and women were given equal opportunities in terms of trainings and participation in peace keeping missions. However they stressed on the need to invest on infrastructures for their female counterparts.
Ms. Rita Thapa, coordinator WAPPDCA, said that criminal activities are on rise the result of which has increased violence against women inside and outside home. Therefore she expressed the need to implement NAP at all levels for everyone to realize the ongoing peace process. She also stressed for collaborative effort from all sectors for the implementation of NAP.
During the open floor, women activists, representative from Government organization and INGO’s also urged police makers to work for effective implementation of NAP and secure decisive role and proportionate participation of women in peace and development process.
At the end of the program Bandana Rana as chair of Saathi expressed the committment to undertake the monitoring of the implementation of NAP and prepare an annual report in colaboration with other women's organisations and networks.