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The main issues discussed there surrounded the fact that despite policies and laws existing for Dalits and women that ensure their participation in government mechanisms, there is not equal access to government services.
There was two days regional workshop organized in Banke district regarding the analysis of existing laws and policies gap related to Dalit Women from 21 to 22 November 2012. The recommendations made by the participants were presented in the AGM of FEDO. The President of Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO), Durga Sob, spoke on how 6.5% of Dalit women have not been included in the interim constitution's laws and policies.
The District Chief Officer Mr. Dhundi Raj Pokhrel mentioned that Dalit issues and matters should be put at the government level in order to end their problems. The government should make good policies and plans. They should provide good economic, political and education systems so that there can be change for the most marginalized. Police officer Mr. Bikram Singh Thapa from Banke district spoke on how there is an increasing trend in gender discrimination, and that greater awareness programs are needed to enhance the capacity of Dalit women in combating violence. Nepali Congress party Youth Leader Mr. Krishan B.K. Rasaily also mentioned that in the government and non-government sectors Dalit women need to be encouraged in more active participation to allow their voices to be heard.Present at the AGM were representatives from the Dalit Welfare Organization (DWO), Dalit NGO Federation (DNF), National Dalit Social Welfare Organization (NNDSWO), Nepal Communist party (Maoist), UNESCO Banke, Nepalgunj Municipality, District Development Offices and the Federation of Nepalese Journalists who shared their points of view on Dalit women’s issues.
FEDO is a national level Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) founded in 1994 to establish the rights of Dalit women by organizing and empowering them for their mainstreaming into national development. [+ read more]
- Global fund for Women
- International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR)
- European Union (EU)
- Womankind Worldwide
- WaterAid Nepal
- Open Society Foundation (OSF)
- World Bank/CECI
- Australian Embassy
- DanChurch Aid (DCA)