Highlight of this programme: The program assisted in providing a strong base to women rights and Gender equitable society. It made aware to Madhesi women to know about their rights, electoral rights and their role in the society. The Madhesi Community had never had this type of opportunity before and the program was really appreciated.
Details of the programme:
During the eleven years of conflict a large number of properties were destroyed as a result of the violent action by both of the warring factions. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Maoist Party and the Government was a great achievement. All the political parties agreed to put in place the Constitutional Assembly. However it was considered that most of the women in Nepal didn’t know what was meant by the term Constitutional Assembly or what they could expect as a result of it being in place. To resolve the long running conflict and to help in building a long period of sustainable peace, it was necessary to begin the reconstruction process of the state through an inclusive democratic process.
To support this desire to move towards reconstruction IHRICON organized a programme on “Women on the Constitutional Assembly and the Madhesi rights program” with the help of the Academy for Educational Development (AED)/USAID. The programme was organized to provide increased awareness to the Madhesi women of the new democratic process. The purpose of the programme was also to help create an environment of inclusiveness for the Madhesi women so that they could achieve equality within the social justice system, to get included in the decision making processes, to raise their awareness about the Constitutional Assembly as well as to get them to become more involved in the peace building process. The program was conducted in 40 VDCs within the Districts of; Dhanusa, Mahottari, Rupandehi and Kapilbastu. since September, 2007 to February, 2008.