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August-September 2012 Issue
Feminist Dalit Organization
Kupondol, Lalitpur, Nepal.
G.P.O. Box No.: 4366, Ktm.
Hard times of Param turned light
Param Mahara (Mrs.) and Uday Yadav (Mr.) from Mircha VDC (Siraha District) were married on an inter-caste arrangement. Param shortly after getting married with Uday started to have hard times as an unacceptable member in the new family. Her husband didn't provide her marriage and citizenship certificates after marriage. Uday and his other family members used to treat Param very badly. Uday used to beat her frequently without any reason and she was being treated like an animal. Param was never allowed to express her problems and feelings to her husband and the new family. Hence, her condition was pathetic and she started feeling helpless.
Dhaula Devi Parki rose to the Leadership from Deprivation
Dhaula Devi Parki , the eldest daughter of Narvin Tiruwa and Gauri Devi Tiruwa. Is the resident of Dadheldhura district. In the society, there was a belief that the education is unnecessary for girls. People in society used to force girls for early marriage. Her father worked in India as a labourer. Due to his exposure in urban centres in India, he was somehow aware of the importance of education for girls. With the support of her father, she acquired the education up to grade 3. Because of social pressure, she was married under age. In the early age, she gave birth to 5 children (3 daughters and 2 sons). She brought up her children under tough poverty and deprivation.
A Case of Successful Youth Dalit Women Leadership
Kalpana Nepali is one of the well-known and popular social activists in Chitwan District. She has been working as the President of FEDO Chapter in Chitwan District. Due to her rigorous commitments and efforts, she has become an established member and activist of the Dalit's movement. Now, she occupies a number of key positions including in Dalit Co-ordination Committee, District Development Committee, and General Assembly Representative of Nepali Congress from Chitwan election area number four.
Durga Nepali Ideal women in society
Durga Nepali is a Dalit woman from ward No-8, Chandani VDC in Kanchanpur District. She has 26 year old she is having 7 member’s family, her family is including 3 daughters 1 son, 1 mother in law, her husband and her self She was married at the earliar age of 16. Her early age of married stop her education at 8 classes. She is hard labour work at household level as well as at farming and engaged in animal husbandry. Her husband is working as Driver in local level vehicle. Due to social restrictions and tradition rule and value has been limit within house and she was not able to do anything for her self as well as society, during 2012 August, she had have chance to as a president of Feminist Dalit Organisation formed group. She did have opportunities to attend to various interaction, seminars, training and meeting organised by FEDO. During this period she gained willpower and confidence that helped to improve her quality of life with the encouragement and capacity building by FEDO. She is a president of group and active member of network which provide boost to her self, she has now become an active member of various committees in all sector.
Sarita as a emerging leader of the Society
Sarita Sob is the member of the District Executive Committee of FEDO Kailali. Born in 2037 B.S. in Dang District Tulsipur-6, Rajapur in parentship of Rewati Prasad Shahu and Sharada Devi Shahu as second child. She is 26 years old. Her family was migrated to Kailali district from Dang in 2050 B.S. She was got married when she passed her 8th standard. Her excitements for study become lay down after having 2 sons and 1 daughter and she was passing her daily life as a house-wife. At that time there was formation of Tole committee by CPN UML nearby. So reached there and got general membership of the same party. In first she was barren and inactive in party’s movement. Then she knew about Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO) in the district and went to the office. There she met with the president and got cleared about the working approach and mechanism of the organization. She was curious to join the organization but couldn’t express her feelings. Slowly she understood about the organization and expressed her interest in front of the president.
Sita making her neighbor independent
Sitapur VDC 8 km long from Nepalgnuj Municipality. A farming area, in every season green area is “L” Gaun. More than 40 house hold are situated of Dalit community. In this community Sita Bishwakarma lives. She always goes for different types of social work in VDC and district. If her village women get any trouble and development work, all of call to “Sita Didi”. She helps in community’s women who are suffering from domestic and social violence. She inspires to women to send her children to the school and aware to Dalit and non Dalit people to bring out from cast discrimination. She works in different committee of VDC level. Mainly work for Dalit and women. She says that “I never afraid with any one because we have guardian FEDO before us.”
Sumitra Sob Sets Example of Community Leadership
Chetana Women’s group is one of the exemplary women’s groups of FEDO. The group that was formed in November, 2012 and has been actively participating in government led need identification meeting (for development intervention). The group has been successful in securing budget for Dalit women specific needs in the locality of the current fiscal year. Although the group is only a month old, led by an active Dalit woman activist, Sumitra Sob, it has been able to secure funds for income generating activities from the Village Development Committee (VDC). Sob, apart from being the chairperson of the group is affiliated with various other local governance structures, such as school management committee, paralegal committee. Even before formation of the current women’s group, she had single handedly managed to obtain budget from the VDC office. The budget was used to conduct legal aid training for Dalit women; focusing on violence against women and untouchability. At present, this dynamic female is leading the women’s group in Malakheti and has been a role for entire members.
Jamuna is a Social Transformer
Jamuna Koli is one of the exemplary of women’s in Sidhanath women group in Tilkane-10 Municipality. She is 50 year old and she has been activist in community level and she has been able to effectively mobilization of the community. Although the group was formation six before it’s led by an active Dalit woman activistJammuna Koli, she has been endeavour for secure funds for various actors (Government or non Government actors). Jamuna Koli is affiliated with various other local governance structures, such as school management committee, member of forest user committee. Even before formation of the current women’s group, she had been associated with CPN UML. However, formation of current group she has gain knowledge about the political structure, inclusion policy and rights of Dalit women from various lobby meeting and group meeting, she has able elected illka committee member in CPN UML in municipality, also she has participation of various rally and camping for focusing on violence against women and untouchability. At present, this dynamic female is leading the women’s group in Tilkane-10 Municipality and she has been a role model for entire Dalit women group members.
Killing Two Birds with a Stone
Feminist Dalit Organization has taken a strategic approach while conducting its first round of training for the 20 Dalit women affiliated with various political parties. The member of Nepal Dalit Association (Nepal Dalit Sangh), Meen Biswakarma was selected as the trainer to conduct the training on Political Empowerment. Nepal Dalit Sangh is the Dalit sub wing of Nepali Congress (NC), one of the four major parties of Nepal. Biswakarma is also the central committee member NC. Questions were raised while appointing him as the trainer. FLOW being a project that funds for women, woman trainer was sought for the program. However, the choice favored us in an unexpected way. His ToR asked him to focus on the empowering women in the political arena. During the training, participants asked him regarding the composition of his own party and that of the Dalit sub wing he was member of. Back then, Nepal Dalit Sangh had only 20 percent female in its central committee.
Kamala being as a social leader
Kamala Okheda is a Dalit woman from ward No-9, Routelibtwa VDC in Kanchanpur District. She has 26 year old Dalit women having 9 person’s family including husband, 2 daughters 1 son, grandmother, grandfather and 2 Brother in law. She was married at the age of 16 with Dalit man from the same residential area, from her early age of married stop her education, in that time she was studying at 8 classes, her husband is seasonal migration to India for search job. She is hard labour work at household level as well as at farming and engaged in animal husbandry for their livelihoods.
Emerging Group leader Sarswati
Sarswati Pashi is the member of Sagarmatha Dalit women group of Udharapur VDC of Banke. She is 27 years old and mother of 2 children. Before involvements of group, she felt shy to come out from her house. She didn’t talk with unknown person. She hasn’t knowledge about women and Dalit rights. When Dalit women group formatted by Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO) in her villages in Kartik 2070. She takes the place of secretary of her group. In group there is regular meeting and discussion on monthly basis. In discussion FEDO’s staff and representatives taught them about the meaningful and proportional representatives of Dalit women in communities and national level of every sector. So their group discuss the about the position of dalit women in school management committee of Bhanu Ma.Vi. of their community.
Taking a day out!!!
Today I met few Dalit women from Godamchaur, a suburb of Lalitpur district. They came to Women Training Centre in Jawalakhel (urban part of Lalitpur) to participate in an interaction with the government officials. The program was organized under FLOW project with the aim of discussing on the ‘Effectiveness of Targeted Budget in Dalit Communities’. The interacted with great enthusiasm with the representatives from government ( Social development officer, officers from the Lalitpur sub-metropolitan) and the leaders of the major political parties in Lalitpur. It was very interesting to see how the language of entitlement has changed into rights and duty. Women were not only aware about their rights, but also about what they wanted from the political parties and government officials. However, more interesting was their act when the program was finished. FEDO has organized lunch boxes for women. These women who were always delighted with the food and ate it up with great gusto as they go it, today stashed it into their bags. I was very surprised and asked them if they didn’t like the food? Their answer hit me. It made me think of the intensity of problem of gender discrimination in our society and our little efforts to address it. The woman I asked said, “We hardly get time to get out of our houses, therefore we are going to see the Jatra”. She hurriedly followed her friends out of the room.
The deteriorating situation of Dalit women in Nepal
Recent reports have shown that Dalit women continue to be the worst affected victims of gender-based violence, due to the intersections between gender, caste and conditions of poverty. As part of celebratory events for 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence against Women, FEDO organized the interaction program regarding the violence against the Dalit women and its effect with the remembrance of 16 Days of Activism against the Gender Violence campaign with the slogan, ‘Peace at home is the foundation of world peace – A protest to eliminate violence against women" at Kathmandu district on 7 December 2012. This program has been organized with the vision of awaking the people against the violence against women and bringing the revolution.
20 Dalit Women got facilited Dalit and Human Rights
One day Guidance and coaching event was organized by EADWHS project of FEDO at Bageshwory School of Jamuni -9, Jamuni, Bardiya in November 2012 for raising awareness and empowering Dalit women groups in health human rights and Sanitation. The participants present in the event were approx 20.
Dalits lag far behind in accessing public services, a baseline report
Kathmandu, 6th September 2012 Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO) have disclosed a research report in the public domain related to the condition and status of Dalits and marginalized communities in the public service. This research report was disclosed by project Team Leader Hira Bishwokarma at a presentation held at FEDO’s Central Office in Kupondol on 6th September 2012. Dipendra Bahadur Kshetry, Vice Chairman of the National Planning Commission was the Chief Guest of the ceremony.
New policies and laws demanded by Dalit Women
The 19th Annual General Meeting of FEDO was held in 23 November 2012 in Nepalgunj, Banke district Far Western Nepal. The participants present over there have the representation from 56 districts. 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.
Training on Professional Report Writing and Finance Management
Feminist Dalit organization (FEDO) organized three days training Professional Report Writing from 2-4 November 2012 likewise 3 days training on Finance Management from 5-7 November 2012. The training was done under the project 'Increasing Dalit Women's Political Participations for Sustainable Peace in Nepal'. This project is working in 3 Districts namely: Banke, Kailali and Kanchanpur.
Dalit Women demand 8% Participation at Political Parties
Kathmandu, Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO) has completed a lobby/Advocacy meeting with women wings of major Political Parties. On November 27, 2012 at their party offices. The meeting was attended by the political leaders from the women's group of (Nepali Congress) Nepal Mahila Sangh, Communist Party of Nepal-UML, (Akhil Nepal Mahila Sangh) and Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (Akhil Nepal Mahila Sangh'Krantikari') This activity is an initial step to encourage the government of Nepal and main political parties to adopt affirmative action policies to ensure at least 8 percent Dalit women within the 33 percent quota for women's participation by 2015 AD.
Inauguration of FEDO's Training and Resource Centre by Australian Ambassador Susan Grace
FEDO has today celebrated the inauguration of its Training and Resource Centre. Feminist Dalit Organization’s (FEDO) new Training and Resource Centre has been established as a research hub on Dalit women in Nepal.Funded by FEDO and the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program through the Australian Embassy in Nepal, the Centre is a place where information on Dalit women and the Dalit community, human rights and women’s issues can be easily accessed.
TOT on Political Empowerment
FED0 organized a five days training on Political Empowerment from 22nd to 26th January 2013 in central level. The training was done under the project 'Increasing Dalit Women's Political Participation for Sustainable Peace in Nepal'(SPIN-IDWPP). This project is working in 3 Districts namely: Banke, Kailali and Kanchanpur. The main objective of this project is to increase dalit women participation at politics, decision and policy making level. Under the plan of the project, Political Empowerment Training is also one of the activities of Central level which was undertaken in the Kathmandu Center.
Training on Leadership and Human Rights
FED0 organized a Three days Leadership development and 2 days Human Rights Training from 18th to 22nd February 2013 in its Central office. The training was done under the project 'Increasing Dalit Women's Political Participation for Sustainable Peace in Nepal'(SPIN-IDWPP). Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO) organized 5 days Training of Trainers (ToT) on Leadership and Human Rights under its project 'Increasing Dalit Women's Political Participation for Sustainable Peace in Nepal'.
Dalit women demand 8 percent Participation at Political Parties
Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO) has completed a lobby/Advocacy meeting with women wings of major Political Parties. On November 27, 2012 at their party offices. The meeting was attended by the political leaders from the women’s group of (Nepali Congress) Nepal Mahila Sangh, Communist Party of Nepal-UML, (Akhil Nepal Mahila Sangh) and Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (Akhil Nepal Mahila Sangh’Krantikari’) This activity is an initial step to encourage the government of Nepal and main political parties to adopt affirmative action policies to ensure at least 8 percent Dalit women within the 33 percent quota for women’s participation by 2015 AD.
8th March 103rd International Women's Daly
8th March, an International Women’s Day is a global celebration that highlights the rich diversity of women from around the globe and the unique accomplish¬ments and struggles that connect them. It is an opportunity for global women to raise their voices for the establishment of sustainable peace, their inclusion in all sectors of state mechanism and to end violence against women.
Joint Celebration of 21st March
March 21st is the designated "International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination" throughout the world. On this important day, many people consolidate their efforts in the fight against racism and casteism. This day reminds us of the Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa in 1960 when police opened fire on hundreds of peaceful demonstrators against apartheid’s passbook laws. The police killed 69 demonstrators and wounded 186.
Common Network for include Common Agenda for Dalit Women
Dalit Women Leaders ready to form a common network to address the Dalit Women’s common agenda and their Proporsonal representation in the New Constituent Assembly. Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO) Organized a discussion on 22nd April at Kathmandu at that meeting UCPN Maoist, CPN-UML, Nepali Congress and other political parties Dalit women leaders ready to form a common network for the raise common agenda of Dalit women’s.