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[16days_discussion] Fwd: Nepal - National Action Plan on UN SC Res 1325 & 1820

radha paudel rpaudel456 at
Fri Feb 11 07:54:14 EST 2011

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Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:24:46 +0100
Subject: Nepal - National Action Plan on UN SC Res 1325 & 1820
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Via Global Network of Women Peacebuilders

                  PRESS RELEASE

                  Kathmandu, February 10, 2011

                  NEPAL ADOPTS NATIONAL ACTION PLAN ON UN SC RES 1325 & 1820

                  On February 1,  2011 the Government of Nepal adopted
its National Action Plan (NAP) on United Nations Security Council
Resolutions 1325 and 1820. Nepal is pleased to announce it is the
first country in South Asia, the second in Asia (the Philippines being
the first), and the 24th country globally to adopt a NAP for UNSCR

                  The development of Nepal's NAP was a highly
consultative and collaborative process and saw the Ministry of Peace
and Reconstruction working closely with the High Level Steering
Committee on UNSCR 1325. This highly regarded committee is chaired by
the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister and includes members
from other line ministries, secretaries and members of civil society
organizations. During the planning, drafting and development of the
NAP the High Level Steering Committee consulted with external parties
such as the UN, foreign embassies and international organizations to
ensure that a fully informed NAP was adopted.

                  The adoption of UNSCR 1325 and 1820 come at a
challenging time of post conflict transition for Nepal. The 10-year
armed conflict between 1996 to 2006, deeply affected the country and
women and girls still bear the brunt of the armed conflict. Many have
been victims of conflict-related sexual violence. Those who have
survived are still suffering from the stigma that society places on
such forms of violence.

                  The national action plan presents the contextual
framework and analysis of the peace and security situation in Nepal,
as well as provides insight into the impact of conflict on Nepali
women. The NAP aims to contribute to the Nepali people's overall goal
of achieving sustainable peace and establishing a just society. It is
structured around five pillars, each with a corresponding objective.

                  Pillar 1: Participation; aims to ensure
participation of women at all levels of decision making, conflict
transformation and peace processes.

                  Pillar 2: Protection and Prevention; focuses on
ensuring the protection of women and girls' rights and prevention of
violations of these rights in conflict and post-conflict situations.

                  Pillar 3: Promotion; the objective is to promote
women and girls' rights and mainstream gender perspective in all
aspects of conflict prevention, conflict resolution and peace

                  Pillar 4: Relief and Recovery; addresses the
specific needs of and ensures participation of women and girls in the
design and implementation of all relief and recovery programs.

                  Pillar 5: Resource Management and Monitoring and
Evaluation; the objective is to institutionalize monitoring and
evaluation and ensure required resources for the implementation of the
National Action Plan through collaboration and coordination of all

                  Each pillar and its objective have corresponding
strategic objectives, specific actions, desired results and
indicators. Moreover, the national action plan identifies the actors
responsible for each objective and a timeframe for each action.

                  The development of Nepal's NAP was approached
holistically with the intention of ensuring grassroots voices were
heard and included in the consultation process. A series of
consultations with over 3000 women, including survivors of
conflict-related violence, women's organizations, representatives of
the security sector and local district authorities from across Nepal,
took place. The participants contributed more than 1500 action points,
which were clustered under the five pillars of the NAP. These action
points address a broad range of issues that includes but are not
limited to the need to support women's participation in all peace and
electoral processes; representation in political parties and local
peace committees; strengthening the Women and Children Service Centers
within police stations; provision of legal assistance; medical
services and psycho-social counseling for survivors of sexual and
gender-based violence; justice, reparation and compensation for the
victims of conflicts and their families; economic assistance to
conflict-affected women; and a provision of educational scholarships
to women and girls affected by conflict.

                  The NAP also includes the following features to
ensure its effective adoption in Nepal:

                    a.. Training and capacity building provisions for
all stakeholders, which will ensure their informed and meaningful
participation in its implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
                    b.. Integration of a media outreach and
communication strategy to facilitate sustained awareness-raising and
increased ownership and participation.
                    c.. Monitoring and evaluation system that uses a
combination of activity, result and outcome indicators. The monitoring
and evaluation system builds on the existing government structures and
involves the participation of women's organizations.
                  The Government of Nepal and its various partners in
civil society and in the international community are committed to
sustain the momentum on the NAP on SCR 1325 and 1820. The most
critical phase begins now - the full implementation of the NAP.
Women's groups and networks in Nepal believe that the NAP reflects the
aspirations and realities of Nepali people, particularly  women, and
is a major step towards the achieving of sustainable peace and
establishing a just society.  They look forward to continued
collaboration and participatory engagement in its implementation.

                  For additional information on the Nepal 1325 NAP,
contact: Bandana Rana.

                  Kathmandu, Nepal

                  Email :saathi.ktm at or bandanarana at

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