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Brief account of the Activities of NPWG:

The NPWG, with its limited resources, has accomplished following activities:

    •  Networking of CPN & NPWG:

Community level: Based on its nature, priority is given to networking under the campaign of NPWG. CPN is its fundamental and major unit. This is formed in Morang, Banke and Rupandehi districts. Expansion of these networking is underway in other districts also. Representatives from workers, women, farmer, local entrepreneurs, teacher, community worker, local politician, retired government employees, student, vulnerable community members, line agencies etc. have been included in the CPN. Following table shows number of involvement of stakeholders in each of the districts:

 Table 1
Involvement of stakeholders in CPN

District

No. of participants

 

Male

Female

Total

Morang

130

109

239

Banke

74

77

151

Rupandehi

113

28

141

Total

317

214

531

District level:
Structure of District Level Protection Working Group (DLPWG) has been finalized in Banke, Rupandehi and Morang districts. Existing networks at the local level are involved in this initiative. Efforts are made to prevent overlapping with the already held programs of other organizations or networks. Representatives from following sectors of the society are included in the DLPWG:

  • Organizations of dalit, women and ethnic communities,
  • Line agencies,
  • District level NGOs,
  • Bar Association and Advocates,
  • Local media correspondents / individual experts,
  • Professional organizations, trade unions, labour organizations,
  • Community Protection Network (CPN).

Number of involvement of the stakeholders in the DLPWG is given below:

Table 2
Involvement of stakeholders in DLPWG

Districts

No. of participants

 

Male

Female

Total

Morang

20

16

36

Banke

16

7

23

Rupandehi

25

11

36

Total

61

34

95

Central level:
FOHRID, RSDC and NESAC have been preparing a network of organizations and individuals working in the field of Rights to sustainable livelihood and social and political participation. A profile of the NPWG members has been prepared and the size of the profile is still being expanded (see NPWG profile). So far, organizations and individuals from 35 districts of Nepal have been involved in this networking. Involvement in the intensive networking of NPWG can be analyzed dividing into various categories. Following table gives an overview of this networking:

Table 3
Categorical representation of involvement in the intensive Networking of NPWG
 


Sl. No.

Category

Number

1

Institutional representation

261

2

Individual social activists

82

3

Women representatives

94

4

Male representation

259

2.2.   Development of toolbox and resource materials:

Training toolbox and resource materials have been prepared on the issues of intervention by NPWG. "Training / Participant Pack for the promotion of social and political rights" has been prepared for this (see Training Pack). Mapping and compilation of the provisions in the international human rights laws for the right to sustainable livelihood have been accomplished for the purpose of Training Toolbox design (see compilation of rights to sustainable livelihood).

Similarly, resource materials are being developed from the human rights perspective on Agriculture Trade and the WTO, Practical Guide to the WTO for Human Rights Advocates, Practical Guide to the Democratic Activities, Rethinking Rights, Justice and Development etc.

    • Training for CPN Members:

Training from the rights based approach has been concluded with the CPN members. The objective of this training was to empower the local CPN members by creating awareness on social and political rights and right to sustainable livelihood. First training was entitled, "Training programme on promotion of rights to social and political participation with CPN members" (see training report). Second training was entitled "Training on social analysis, mobilization and livelihood opportunity development" (see second training report). Numerical detail of the participation of the CPN trainings is given below:

Table 4
Participation of stakeholders in CPN Training

District

No. of participants

 

Male

Female

Total

Morang

250

115

365

Banke

79

87

166

Rupandehi

137

49

186

Total

466

251

717

    • Conference: A national level people's conference was organized by NESAC, including FOHRID and RSDC, on "Sustainable Livelihood and People's Access to Natural Resources" from 24-25 June 2005. Altogether 25 organizations, as funding and non-funding contributors, were involved in organizing the conference. Though this was not an activity under NPWG, it was a campaign based process for NPWG. In fact, expansion of NPWG was one of its major achievement (see details of the conference).

 

    • Policy dialogue and discussion programme:

Policy dialogue and discussion programme is one of the major components of this campaign. A policy dialogue was held on "Increasing urban poverty and the impact of conflict" (see detail report on urban poverty). Discussion on "Advocacy for rights to sustainable livelihood and social and political participation" was held for the CPN members in Morang, Banke and Rupandehi districts on networking of NPWG. Another discussion programme on "Promotion of rights to sustainable livelihood" was held in Morang.

 

2.6. NPWG and CPN Participatory Reflection Review Meeting (PRRM): PRRM among the CPN members was held on 26 June 2005. Altogether 21 representatives from CPN, FOHRID, NESAC and RSDC participated PRRM. A discussion was held on the issues of changes and outcome through CPN activities, learning and experiences of CPN members, common local problems, issues of CPN for the future and agenda for district conference during the PRRM meeting (see for details of PRRM).

 

2.7 Other activities of CPN
CPN and DLPG have been conducting activities such as seminar, discussion, workshop, health camps etc. for promotion of sustainable livelihood. CPN has organized health camps at Sijuwa VDC of Morang district. FOHRID and CPN distributed relief to the families of Nepali workers who were killed in the Indian state of Kashmir. CPN has been organizing inter-school essay and speech competition on the issue of human rights. Following pictures give a glimpse of some activities conducted by the CPN and DLPG:

Discussion program entitled "Promotion of sustainable livelihood" organized by DLPG


Eye treatment camp organized by CPN


Raj Kumar Siwakoti, General Secretary of FOHRID distributing relief to the families of Nepali workers from Mushahar community who were killed by terrorists in the Indian State of Kashmir


Prize distribution to the winners of essay competition on human rights


CPN Chairperson releasing Nepali translation of "Planting the Rights seeds


Participants of CPN training program

 

 

 

 

 

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