Panchami UNESCO Association
In the 2017 Nepal local elections, parties had to ensure that 20% of those elected to local governing bodies were women. In these landmark elections, Nepal saw members from diverse ethnic communities and marginalized groups, including Dalits, elected for local governance bodies for the first time. Newly elected women and Dalit members along with other male representatives of Hilihang Rural Council and Phidm Municipal Council have not been so effective due to lack of knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of their newfound positions. Furthermore, the Judiciary Council’s role has also not been effective in delivering justice to women as members of these committees lack legal knowledge and skills. In addition, local communities also have little idea about the judiciary council and its role in delivering justice to people. Those who do know have little trust over its efficiency. It is important these groups have support to ensure they can fulfill the roles of their office. Their effective leadership will go a long way in sustaining, inclusive peace in Nepal.
Panchami UNESCO Association is registered in Hilihang in the district of Panchthar to work towards the sustainable development of the community and their subsequent empowerment. Panchami UNESCO has proposed an initiative to ensure the elected Dalit and female members in the Phidin Municipality and Hillihang Rural Councils have appropriate skills and knowledge to enable them to be effective leaders as well as to enhance their awareness of justice. Activities proposed include leadership development training, dialogues, workshops and radio outreach over a six month period to disseminate legal information.