16-days of activism campaign against Gender Based Violence

10 Dec 2010

imagePhoto: UNDP Nepal

Following the historical declaration in Nov 2009 by the Rt. Honourable Prime Minister Mr. Madhav Kumar Nepal, marking the year 2010 as to end gender based violence in Nepal along with the announcement for the National Plan of Action 2010? a Gender Based Violence (GBV) unit was established in the office of the Prime Minister to monitor and collect datas related to GBV. 

After the announcement, a National Steering Committee was formed to monitor the implementation of the Action Plan under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary and co-chairmanship of the Secretary of the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare. 

The inter-ministerial steering committee coordinates the multi- sectoral response to prevent and address issues related to GBV. The action plan focuses on prosecution, protection and prevention. It highlights the need of a special commission to investigate cases related to violence against women. Furthermore, the Prime Minister's office has made available a direct telephone hotline [1111] to report GBV cases. 

As part of the ongoing national and local level campaign, a special event was organised on 29 November to mark 16-days Activism Campaign Against Gender Based Violence (November 25 to December 10), jointly by the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministerial Council, 

the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare and the United Nations Country Team in Nepal with technical and financial assistance from UNDP Enhancing Access to Justice for Consolidation of Peace (A2J) project . 

Rt. Hon'ble PM distributed 'white ribbon' as a symbol to end gender based violence and also launched a CD 'Gender Based Violence Declaration Year' on the occasion. This mega event was addressed by national and international dignitaries. 

Addressing as the guest speaker, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Mr. Robert Piper congratulated the PM for the successful completion of one year of the national campaign against Gender Based Violence. He further stated, ?The past year has been a productive one for the campaign. We note in particular the important progress on legislation on sexual harassment, the domestic violence act, the launch of the 1325 National Action Plan, the establishment of new Women Service Centers and the effective mobilization of the media for this cause ???.? 

Ms. Arju Rana Deuba, Constituent Assembly Member and Women Activist stated that ?Gender Based Violence Declaration Year? is a historical and landmark event for Nepal but to give continuity and to institutionalize the initiative, the Action Plan should be translated into policies and programmes with proper budget allocation.? 

Most of the recommendations made in the Action Plan addresses the problems and challenges stated in achieving the Millennium Development Goal #3 Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women. The Nepal MDGs Progress Report 2010 states that assesment of each policy and programme from a gender perspective as well as periodic institutional audits to examine how gender is mainstreamed collaboratively by different sections/units is needed.