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The Centre for Constitutional Dialogue (CCD) wasinaugurated by Rt. Hon’ble Subash Chandra Nembang, Chairpersonof the Constituent Assembly (CA) on 19 January.The CCD established with the assistance of the UNDP/Support toParticipatory Constitution Building Project (SPCBN) and aconsortium of donors (Denmark, Norway, DFID, Switzerland,USAID/OTI) in close collaboration with the CA Secretariat and thecivil society, will provide support to the Constitution buildingprocess in Nepal.The CCD will serve as a resource centre and a neutral space fordialogue between members of the Constituent Assembly, and help
Centre for Constitutional Dialogue opens
promote the widest possible public participation in theConstitution drafting process.Inaugurating the Centre, Mr. Nembang said, “the CCD willprovide necessary advisory, communication, outreach andtechnical services for the Constituent Assembly Members,civil society and the general public who are interested to learnabout and participate in the Constitution making process.”The Centre is governed by a national advisory board while itis open to all the Nepalese people interested in theConstitution making process. It houses a library and trainingfacilities and also provides a venue for public lectures,seminars, orientations and workshops on matters relating tothe Constitution.The Centre has also developed resource materials related toConstitution building in seven languages: Maithali, Bhojpuri,Tharu, Magar, Newar, Tamang and Nepali. These materialsare available in audio formats for those who cannot or do notwant to read.There are in house experts as well as a roster of experts onsubjects related to Constitution building if the CA membersdesire for professional expert advice. Half a dozen oftelephone booths have been made available for the CAmembers to connect themselves to their constituencies. TheCentre is open for 12 hours a day, from 8am-8 pm.
Rt. Hon’ble Subash Chandra Nembang, Chairperson of the Constituent Assemblyspeaking during the inauguration of the Centre for Constitutional Dialogue.Photo: UNDP
UNFPAand partners fight gender based violence
Every year the UN observes November 25th asthe International Day for the Elimination of Violence againstWomen this is followed by 16 Days of Activism to remindthat gender based violence is never acceptable, neverexcusable, and never tolerable. Last year UNFPA hassupported several national NGOs (among them: NationalHealth Foundation, Saathi, Women for Human Rights,Sancharika Samuha, Legal Aid and Consultancy Centre andMaiti Nepal) to carry out a range of activities to fight violenceagainst women in Nepal. From bicycle rallies against humantrafficking in Rautahat to household visits by peer groupvolunteers in Kailali; skills development for young widows inSiraha, mobilizing a journalists’ network in Surkhet, andtraining of mediators in Jhapa – the message is one: ‘Zerotolerance’ for gender based violence in all forms.UNFPA and its partners succeeded in engaging women andmen, young and old, in a multi-facetted fight against genderbased violence. Rich in lessons learned and new partnerships,UNFPA is set to continue its support to the fight genderbased violence to fulfill its mission: ‘To ensure that every girland woman is treated with dignity and respect’.
Yes We Can – single women (widows) in training in Lahan,
. Photo: UNFPA