This year 9th Human Rights National Magna Meet was organized in the theme “Equal opportunities for women and youth, for development and prosperity “by CSOs of Nepal in collaboration with National Human Rights Commissions of Nepal (NHRC). Sankalpa –Women alliance for peace, Justice and democracy was the national coordinator and Youth Advocacy Nepal (YAN) was co-coordinator. Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal (JCYCN) also worked as a core team member. To make magna meet effective & success, different committees were formed. There were seven different committees (Advisor committee, media committee, Report Writing committee, volunteering committee, Declaration committee, fund raising committee, exhibition Committee) where JCYCN also showed active participation in the successful organization. This year’s Magna meet was arranged into 3-full day (9 -11 December) events along with other side events/workshops held at various locations throughout the country. Sankalpa through its member organizations & CSO organized side events, information sharing and discussion session on various human rights issues in districts, region and province. More than 90 organizations took part during magna meet for solidarity and commitment to human rights.
On 9th December, inaugural ceremony was held at Nepal Sanskiritk Sang Dillibazar,Kalikasthan. The 9th Human Rights National Magna Meet was formally inaugurated by honorable President Vidhya Devi Bhandari.This year 3 day celebration included Opening ceremony, Rally and closing ceremony. Different Parallel/side events, exhibitions of publications and books and handicrafts by organizers were highlight of the opening day .19 organizations had stall during the opening day and was visited my almost 600 participants.
National Coordinator ,Ms Lily Thapa –welcomed the audience highlighting the importance of Human Rights Magna Meet celebration and also briefed on 3 days events. In the inauguration session, two awards Shanta Laxmi Women Human Rights Awards and Sankalpa Peace Award was also provided to 3 women acknowledging their long term contribution in the peace, justice and women rights from Honorable President Vidhya Devi Bhandari.
Chief Guest of Opening Cermony, Honorable Vidhya Devi Bhandari gave her short remarks on the importance of celebrating human rights day throughout the country. She also thanked organizer and wish for the success of three day program.
- Shanta Laxmi Women Human Rights award this year was given to an activist Ms.Rama Dhakal-who has been working for the rights of Disabled women
- Sankalpa Peace award was given to two women for their dedication towards community for peace, justice and democracy.Ved Awasti from Dhangadi who is working for the rights of Single women since long time was awarded with Sankalpa Peace Award.
- Similarly,Ms.Goma Kumari pokhrel from Kapilvastu who is working to capacitate and support conflict affected women/community in Rupendehi.
NGO Federation of Nepal along with 9th Human rights magna meet coordinated to organize a rally on the occasion of 9th Human Rights Magna Meet. Almost 100 organizations came together to celebrated and show solidarity .The rally began from Bhadarakli temple premises at 8 am in the morning and ended at Shantibatika with Street Drama organized by YAN on Women’s violence.
The chief guest of the formal closing ceremony was Honorable Vice President Nanda Kishor Pun.Dr.Mina Acharya-Advisor of 9th Human Rights Magna Meet, Professor Dr.Kapil Shrestha-Adviosr of 9th Human Rights Magna Meet,Ram Lakhan Harijan-President Dalit Ngo Federation,Bhumika Shrestha-Blue Diamond Society, Tilottam Paudel –youth representative, President from JCYCN Mahendra Thapa-representatives from Disabled group, Kamala Khati –elected women candidate from Dolakha-guest of closing ceremony gave their short remarks.On the same day, National Coordinator Ms. Lily Thapa and Declaration Committee Coordinator Ms.Roshana Khadka handed over the Declaration of 9th Human Rights National Magna Meet 2017 to Honorable Vice President Nanda Kishor Pun. More than 300 participants were presented during the program.