Global Open Day for Women and Peace in Nepal

09 Jul 2010

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The Global Open Day for Women and Peace was organized on 11 June 2010 in Nepal to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security, which focuses on women's participation in decision-making in peace-processes, prevention of violence against women in conflict and post-conflict settings, and on provision of justice to victims. 

Nepal joins 25 other post-conflict countries around the world in this United Nations global initiative. The event was organised at a global level in a coordinated manner by UNIFEM (lead agency), UN Secretariat (DPKO, DPA and DPI) and UNDP. 

In Nepal, 29 women peace activists participated in the event, including female members of the Constituent Assembly from all parts of Nepali society and the Representative of the Secretary-General in Nepal, Ms. Karin Landgren, and the Acting Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Systems in Nepal, Ms. Gillian Mellsop. 

This event gave a unique opportunity for women's groups and the UN to interact on issues like women's participation and position in the peace process in Nepal. 

In response to the requests, petitions and presentation by conflict victims and women's groups, Ms. Karin Landgren stated that it was a privilege for her to hear first-hand stories from and discussions with women. She especially expressed her respect for the women victims who courageously shared their personal experiences in the forum. She stated that it is indeed very difficult for the victims to come forward and share their experiences again and again until the corrective actions are finally taken. She committed to take their messages on board to and convey them to the Security-Council and Secretary-General. 

Ms. Gillian Mellsop shared information on how UN has responded to Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) during and after the conflict thus far, including reproductive health camps (UNFPA-supported), women-only paralegal committees (UNICEF), Village Development Committee (VDC) block grants which have ear-marked components for women and children under Local Governance and Community Development Programme (implemented by the Ministry of Local Development with support from donors, UN agencies) and the UN Peace Fund for Nepal.