Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal (JCYCN) with the support of //KANALLAN organized a four-day “Advocacy Training on Girls Empowerment to CSOs”. The training was organized from 30th Dec 2018 to 2nd Jan 2019 in Sauraha, Chitwan, with a participation from 42 participants from 20 organizations.
The training began with a welcome ceremony by Mr. Deepak Sharma, General secretary of JCYCN, on 30th Dec 2018. Mr. Tilottam Paudel, President of JCYCN, then briefed the participants about the nature of the training, and giving a brief overview of the various topics to be covered. He then expressed his desire to help make Devchuli a hub for girls in Nepal. Following this the participants presented their expectations from the training.
On 31st Dec 2018, Mr. Milan Dharel, Resource Person, started the training with an interaction session and by explaining the difference between child rights and special girl rights, he also went over the need for such rights by highlighting various needs of girls with reference to the current laws and policies. The participants were then grouped into four and given topics such as right to education and right to sports and how girls are being discriminated against under each topic and how such discrimination can be eliminated.
There was also a discussion on the Sustainable Development goals and a video was also presented to the participants which showed where Nepal currently stood in terms of achieving SDGs. The concept of the five pillars of SDGs, i.e. People, Planet, Partnership, Peace, Prosperity were introduced to the participants as well.
On being asked what their opinion on politics and advocacy, Mr. Khum Nath Paudel said that,” I feel that politics is not independent in Nepal, it is very tightly linked with the political parties and their agendas.” On the other hand, Mr. Hom Nath Jaisi said that,” I feel that politics is a way to advocacy for a better future without looking at personal gain.”
The next day followed a session on democratic and general policy making where the participants were taught about the various levels of the law and how policy making was carried out. A role-playing session was also conducted where the participants in groups prepared and presented a declaration paper. Mr. Deepak Prasad Bashyal, Resource Person, helped to moderate the program.
An action plan was formed for three main issues, girls’ reach in technical education, girls’ participation in education, water and sanitation and health committee and girls’ participation in sports. After the formation of the action plan, a loose network was formed in Nawlpur district by the various members of CSOs. The network will be coordinated by JCYCN and consists of the following members, Bimala Adhikari (Women’s Welfare Cooperative Limited), Khum Nath Paudel (SDRC Gaidakot), Biswas Lamichhane (Better Nawalparasi), Yadu Nath Paudel(Caritas Nepal), Nirmala Paudel (Lumbini Plus), Shanti Musahar (Majhi Musahar Welfare Service Committee), Gayatri Pathak (Akaladevi Cooperative Limited) and Ln Dawadi (Hariyali). After the formation of Nawalpur Girls Empowerment Network the participants were asked to present their learnings to the group.