This year’s Feminist
Leadership Institute under the theme “Socio-cultural
transformation through the transformative leadership” kicked off with 15 Deputy
Chair of the all 13 districts of province 3 and Women Human Rights Defenders in
Nepal. This was an opportunity to embed a feminist approach to
bring social and cultural transformation, clarify transformatory leadership, enhance the knowledge of bodily
integrity, value women work, and identity, develop an understanding on causes
and consequences of violence against women from women’s perspective and build agency for Socio cultural transformation.
Our partner, National
Alliance of the Women Human Rights Defenders (NAWHRD) recently organized the
Feminist Forum in the all 7 provinces of Nepal with the theme “Women’s
bodily integrity, labor and identity is a pre requisite of Federal Republic
democratic Nepal”. This forum has acted as a common ground where the local level women representatives, women human right defenders, social activists,
politicians, journalists and other stakeholders come together to discuss plan
and strategize to create enabling environment to ensure women’s rights for the
five years tenure at local bodies.
The forum enabled women leaders to understand
their role to create enabling environment for every single woman in the country
to enjoy their right to bodily integrity, work and identity curbed by the
century long patriarchal socialization process.
In all these forums, the major difficulty shared by women elected was
not receiving proper cooperation from Mayors on their work. It was realized
that a lot of women elected are not clear on their role and are having
difficulty to assert their rights that are ensured by the constitution. In this
regard, NAWHRD, in partnership with Isis-WICCE is working together to provide
support to strengthen leadership position of these women elected.