04 Aug 2016
National Indigenous Women Forum in partnership with 3 other indigenous women’s organization conducted “National, Regional Dialogue with the Government and Concerned Authorities, Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Women Organizations Implementation Process Status of CEDAW Committee Concluding Observation and Recommendation relating to Indigenous Women” in support of http://www.iwgia.org/
In 2011, during the 49 session of CEDAW committee, Indigenous organizations of Nepal had submitted the shadow report titled “THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS WOMEN IN NEPAL” for the combined 4th and 5th Periodic Reports of Nepal. Following this, CEDAW Committee included explicit recommendations to Nepal Government, recognizing the multiple forms of discriminations indigenous women’s of Nepal faces in its concluding observation (http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cedaw/docs/co/CEDAW-C-NPL-CO-4-5.pdf)
Two day regional consultation were conducted in Jhapa, Chitwan, Nepalgunj, Dhangadi and in Kathmandu including the national consultation. Some of the major issues identified by the participants were lack of meaningful participation in decision making spaces, lack of implementation of CEDAW recommendations through the government bodies, lack of orientation to the duty bearers about CEDAW mechanisms and recommendation, lack of disaggregated data, lack of disabled friendly environment and approach etc . Almost 500 participants directly participated in these events. The findings was shared among the concerned ministries such as Education, law, Environment, women and children , labor, Prime minister’s office. The findings were also submitted to house of speaker. The minster of Women and Children made commitment of implementing the recommendations made by CEDAW committee during the event.
Alongside, this event signature campaign was organized calling for the equal participation of indigenous women’s in the decision making spaces, more than one thousand signature was handed over to House of Speaker Ms. Onsari Gharti Magar with a submission letter calling for the implementation of polices securing the rights of indigenous women.
This event was widely covered by national and local media.