Con­fer­ence on women’s role for in­clu­sive de­vel­op­ment of Nepal” held

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The one day con­fer­ence on “Role of Women for In­clu­sive De­vel­op­ment of Nepal” was suc­cess­fully or­ga­nized by Nepal Mus­lim Women Wel­fare So­ci­ety (NMWWS) with sup­port from the World Mus­lim Com­mu­ni­ties Coun­cil (WMCC) on 17 De­cem­ber 2018 in Kathmandu. The in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence was in­au­gu­rated by Vice Pres­i­dent Nanda Ba­hadur Pun amidst a spe­cial cer­e­mony. In his in­au­gu­ral speech, Pun said that Nepal's con­sti­tu­tion is one of the best in the world in re­la­tion to women's rights. He ap­pre­ci­ated WMCC for its sup­port in or­ga­niz­ing the con­fer­ence and help­ing to strengthen re­la­tions be­tween Nepal and UAE. He as­sured that the gov­ern­ment would al­ways give spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion to guar­an­tee the rights spe­cially the marginal­ized com­mu­ni­ties in­clud­ing Mus­lim. He fur­ther added that only in­clu­sive de­vel­op­ment with women em­pow­er­ment can lead to so­cio-eco­nomic pros­per­ity of our na­tion. In her wel­come speech, Ms. Seema Khan, chair­per­son of NMMWS and ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber of WMMC, ex­pressed that this con­fer­ence would add ex­tra step in strug­gle of Nepali women for their em­pow­er­ment. She added that women em­pow­er­ment would be pos­si­ble through their proper par­tic­i­pa­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and equal dis­tri­bu­tion of re­sources. Spe­cial guest pres­i­dent of WMCC, Dr. Ali AlNuaimi ap­pre­ci­ated the con­sti­tu­tion of Nepal. How­ever, the so­ci­ety has to change it­self from the pa­tri­ar­chal mind­set to­wards women to bring about the true change while the gov­ern­ment should give spe­cial pri­or­ity to bring for­ward those women who are so­cially and eco­nom­i­cally marginal­ized. Dr. Nuaimi shared the UAE achieve­ments of en­gag­ing and em­pow­er­ing women by cit­ing UAE’s re­cent dec­la­ra­tion of 2019 as the “Year of Tol­er­ance”. Gen­eral sec­re­tary of WMCC, Dr. Mo­hammed Bechari high­lighted the ac­tiv­i­ties of WMCC and as­sured its con­tin­u­a­tion of sup­port in the com­ing days. A to­tal of 150 par­tic­i­pants at­tended the con­fer­ence rep­re­sent­ing var­i­ous min­istries of the Nepal gov­ern­ment, na­tional plan­ning com­mis­sion, hu­man rights com­mis­sion, elec­tion com­mis­sion, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of CSO, women ac­tivists, diplo­mats, re­li­gious lead­ers, me­dia, mem­bers of local bod­ies from the var­i­ous dis­tricts of Nepal and in­ter­na­tional del­e­gates from WMCC, UAE. Twelve pa­pers were pre­sented un­der the 4 the­matic ses­sions as fol­lows: 1) Role of Women in Con­sol­i­dat­ing Role of women in con­sol­i­dat­ing com­mu­nity se­cu­rity in Nepal 2) Nepal’s 2015 con­sti­tu­tion and the pro­tec­tion of cul­tural and re­li­gious plu­ral­ism 3) UAE’s suc­cess in em­pow­er­ing women, and 4) Fu­ture of Nepali Women: Ex­pec­ta­tions and hopes. On the sec­ond day, a train­ing on “Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goal” was or­ga­nized to the elected mem­bers of the local bod­ies (mayor, deputy may­ors, ward chair­per­son, ward mem­bers, etc) and the young women ac­tivists from dif­fer­ent dis­tricts of the coun­try.

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