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Kathmandu, Sep 25, The Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO) has welcomed the endorsement of Nepal's new Constitution and said that the constitution made by the people's representatives is democratic and respect human rights.
Speaking at a press meet named 'Included Issues of Dalits and Dalits Women in the New Constitution and the Role of Media for Implementation of the Constitution' organized by the FEDO Friday; President Durga Sob said that "This constitution is historic and unique in term of procedure and content in the constitutional history of Nepal."
This constitution has ensured secularism, inclusive system, caste-based discrimination free society and other basic tenets of democracy, she said. She said that the new constitution has ensured the rights of mother to provide citizenship to her children in her name.
The FEDO president Sob is confident that the new constitution will ensure the representation, inclusion, human dignity, human rights and various fundamental rights of the community, 'But it is not enough' she clarified. 'The constitution ignored our demands such as at least three percent representation at the center, five percent at provincial and ten percent at local level' said Sob.
Addressing the press meeting President Sob urged the Political parties and government to fulfill their demands of meaningful representation and guarantee overall participation in various organs of the state mechanism amending the constitution.
'We need to struggle ourselves to ensure Dalits rights' said Sob and asked Dalits leaders and rightists to join hands to amendment the new constitution. Sob said that Dalits rightist of all sectors must unite for their common agenda. 'It is only though collective efforts that Dalits's issue will be heard' she said.
Likewise addressing the program journalist Tanka Panta said that decade long dream of Nepalese to have the new statute from the Constitutional Assembly had come true.
Another journalist Tribhuvan Chandra wagle said that journalism has an important role to play in the promotion of democracy and rights of Dalit as well. Other participants of the programme, Sankar Pandit, Nirmal Adhikari, Gopal Baraili Sita Pokharal, Biswash Khadka, among others suggested all the Dalit should unit to lobby against those provisions which are against Dalit's rights.
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)