Voices of the marginalized communities

18 Aug 2009

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A one-day interaction programme on the ‘Role of Media on the Issues of Marginalized Communities’, was organised by the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) at the Centre for Constitutional Dialogue (CCD) on 20 July, chaired by Mr. Dharmendra Jha, President of the FNJ. The programme was inaugurated by the Chairman of the Constituent Assembly, Rt. Honourable Subash Chandra Nembang, participated by the CA members, civil society organizations, editors and representatives of the media.

On the occasion, Chairman Nembang released a new monthly magazine, `Sambad’ (Dialogue), published by the FNJ with the financial support of UNDP/Support to Participatory Constitution Building in Nepal(SPCBN). The magazine is being disseminated to all 601 members of the CA, as well as all the district chapters of the FNJ at the national level.

Speaking on the occasion, UNDP Country Director, Anne-Isabelle Degryse-Blateau expressed her hope that the new monthly magazine, Sambad, would effectively raise the voices of Dalits, indigenous groups and the marginalized communities toreflect their aspirations in the new constitution. Ms. Degryse-Blateau stated that UNDP would always help campaigns that are focused on empowering people with their rights.

In the second session of the programe, representatives of the civil society organisations interacted with the editors of the electronic and print media, on the role of media to raise the issues of the marginalized community.