Nepal: News from IHRICON

07 April 2010

This is a summary of news and activities from IHRICON (Institute of Human Rights Communication Nepal) which relate to the IANSA Women's Network.

UNIFEM, Inequality Security Institute, Conference on UNSCR 1325, Liberia

Ms. Shobha Gautam, the Founder President of IHRICON has participated in more than half a dozen programmes during the year. Three programmes were very important amongst those in which she participated. She was invited to attend a programme on the International Campaign for Violence against Woman. Moreover, Ms. Gautam participated in a programme as an expert woman activist on UNSCR 1325 conducted between the 8th February and the 11th February 2009 in Liberia.

She also participated in a programme which was conducted by Central UNIFEM in the USA. The programme was on UNSCR 1325 and 1820 held between the 20th and 21st June 2009. She presented in the programme how hard life women Nepalese women are undergoing by painting a clear picture of their lives. She also talked about the role of Nepal within the areas of UNSCR 1325 and 1820 during the time of the armed conflict and the transitional phase.

Women Peace builders Progamme

Mr. Kapil Kafle (the Executive Director of IHRICON) participated in a programme on "Violence control, identification of masculinity, violence and peace" organized by the Fellowship of Reconciliation and Women Peace Makers. It was conducted between the 30th November and the 11th December, 2009. The event involved 19 participants from 17 different countries. The programme aimed to involve male trainers in the way of achieving non violence through greater levels of gender awareness and to analyse the impact of masculinity on violence and peace. The event organizers also wanted to develop a network among participants so that they could involve themselves in violence control by achieving greater gender awareness.


International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) has been working with IHRICON for the past 4 years. IANSA is a global movement against gun violence .it is a network of 800 civil society organizations working in 120 countries working to stop the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons (SALW). IHRICON celebrated the IANSA week between the 14th and the 21st June, 2009 as it has been doing so for the past 4 years.

IHRICON organized an interaction programme on the Impact of Small Arms on the Peace Process and Domestic Violence in Kathmandu. It also joined hands with the Global Week of Action against Gun Violence on 14th June 2009. Constituent Assembly Members, Government Officials, Representatives of the security sectors (the Nepal Army and the Nepal Police), Human Rights Activists and experts participated in the gathering.

Two working papers were also prepared for the event. One was produced by Dr. Bishnu Upreti who is a leading expert on conflict and the peace process. His paper entitled as The Impact of the Small Arms on the Peace Process the other was a research paper prepared by Shobha Gautam who is a leading expert on the media and Human Rights. Her paper entitled – The Role of the Media in controlling Small Arms Proliferation.


IHRICON has continued to work as a focal point for Nepal and a coordinator of the media in the South Asia Peace Network (SAPA). IHRICON provided training on the non violence movement with coordination provided by Shantimalika (a network of 18 women rights organizations). The annual SAPA core group meeting was held between the 6th and the 8th December 2009 in India. Ms. Ganga Gurung, the IHRICON Chairperson and Ms. Shobha Gautam the Founder President of IHRICON both participated in the programme.

Monitoring of Violence against women

IHRICON has worked in association with the national network called "The Women’s Rights Monitoring Network". There are 27 organizations which belong to the network. The National Women’s Commission is the secretariat for the network. IHRICON has conducted the monitoring process by appointing a District coordinator in Nawalparasi District so that they can monitor the incidents of violence against women. The National Women Commission organized a 5 day training event on women rights, UNSCR 1325 and 1820 during 2009.

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