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“Inter-caste Marriage and Human Rights” Public Hearing Program by SAMATA Foundation

SAMATA Foundation organized a public hearing program on “Inter caste Marriage and Human Rights” on March 13th, 2016. The program was inaugurated by Honorable Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Poverty Alleviation of Nepal Chitra Bahadur K.C.  Inaugurating the program, Deputy Prime Minister Chitra Bahadur KC stressed on the tragic situation of Nepal where people are suffering from Caste-Based Discrimination even in this era. He said that this is very shameful condition that we are still depriving people from their rights in the name of caste.  He urged that to eradicate Caste-Based Discrimination from our nation we should be aware of Human Rights violation and we should spread the words that it’s against law. We should ourselves be aware of this kind of prejudice, he said.
In the program, there were five jury members who analyzed the ten cases of Inter-caste marriage and the violation of Human Rights. Among Ten cases, eight cases were about Inter-caste marriage and the afterward violation due to their so called upper and lower caste marriage. Two of the cases are about Human Rights violation where a man was killed just because he belongs to the Dalit community and his son married a so-called upper caste woman. In another case, a boy was forced to take poison just because he exchanged his mobile with another community based girl; he had a tragic end and the case is still in the court.
In the program, Constituent Assembly members, Lawyers, judiciary members, journalists, human rights activist, civil society members were present. More than 180 people were present in the public hearing program.
On 14th March, 2016, SAMATA Foundation concluded the program organizing a meeting on “Inter-Caste Marriage and Human Rights” Public Hearing program with its outcome and suggestions. In the meeting, CA members Min Bishwokarma, Jitu Gautam, Anita Pariyar said that public awareness program should be carried out to stop Caste-Based Discrimination. They said along with public awareness program, focused group should get an education on Human Rights violation too.

 "Dalit Rights in New constitution and debate on Implementation"
Dalit Civil Society organized a program on "Dalit Rights in New constitution and debate on Implementation" on 14th February, 2016 at Kathmandu, Nepal.
In the program, more than 66 people from different organizations were present and they discussed on the situation of Dalits in Nepal and future plans to insecure their rights in New Constitution of Nepal. In the program, participants were more concerned on the Dalit Rights implementation. They stressed on education, health sector and empowerment of Dalits should be secured by the government.  They also marked on the issues of homeless dalits and urged to raise voice to distribute land for them by the government.
Participants were much concerned over their traditional profession which they urged to be preserved and should be taken as a prestigious work rather than accepting discriminations. They were in favor of parliament member who represents their status at this stage and they want them to stand firmly and push the government to announce more programme for Dalits development.
In the programme, 9 Dalit parliament members were present who vow to fight for Dalit Rights. Dalit Scholars also stressed on observation in law making process.
 Chairman of SAMATA Foundation, Padam Sundas highlighted on the present issue of Dalits in Nepal and the struggle they are coping to bridge the gap between non-dalits and dalits.
National Workshop on "Dalit & Marginalized Communities in Post Earthquake Response Program & Future Strategy"

SAMATA Foundation and Association for Dalit Women's Advancement of Nepal (ADWAN) jointly organized a National Workshop on "Dalit & Marginalized Communities in Post Earthquake Response Program & Future Strategy" on 8th January, 2016.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Energy, Hon. Top Bahadur Rayamajhi was present as a chief guest in the workshop. Addressing the workshop, DPM Rayamajhi stresses on the overall development of Dalits community.  He emphasized on strict laws to eradicate Caste-Based Discriminations from Nepal. He further claimed that Nepal government is serious on CBD cases and strong laws will be implemented soon.
In the programme, Member of Parliaments, Former member of Parliaments, Representatives from National Human Rights Commission, National Women Commission, National Planning Commission and from National Dalit Commission were present.
Scholar from Dalit community Dr. Buddhi Nepali and Mr. Deepak Paudel, chairperson of Natural Disaster Management presented their papers on Marginalized group and their situation in Nepal.
More than 135 people participated in the workshop and discussed on the situation of Dalits and marginalized communities in post earthquake response programs of Nepal.

Academic Discourse

In order to create a new generation of researchers on social inclusion and Dalit rights, the Foundation also provides training courses on research-based policy advocacy and social inclusion. The target groups for the training are both Dalits and non-Dalits political leaders, youths, activists and students. The training course is expected to enrich the capacity of the participant to enlighten their understanding on issues related to Dalits, so that they can genuinely and logically involve themselves in and deal with Dalit issues on policy formation, activities and planning at the national and international levels.

Samata has successfully completed two sessions of the 4-week training course titled “Academic and Policy Discourse on Dalit and Social Inclusion.” Each week was moderated by renowned scholars including Prof.  Dr. Dilli Ram Dahal, Dr. Krishna Bhattachan, Dr. Mukta Singh Tamang, and Dr. Man Bahadur BK. Guest speakers including Bishwobhakta Dulal (Ahuti), Padma Lal Bishwokarma, and Durga Sob,  presented their insights and shared their experiences as well.

 The course had four Modules.

    1. Module 1: Theory and Practice of Caste Based Discrimination and untouchability
      1. The main objective of the module is to familiarize students with concepts, theories and practices of caste based discrimination, including untocuhability, at all levels-international, national and local-by reading selected academic literature written by both Nepali and foreign researchers/scholars and to develop critical analytical perspectives on caste based discrimination in general and on Nepal in particular
    1. Module 2: Theory and Practice of Social Exclusion and Inclusion, and Dalit Human Rights
      1. This course introduces basic issues and provides various perspectives concerning the concepts of social exclusion and inclusion.  The course helps the participant to comprehend the concepts of social exclusion beyond the conventional understanding of poverty and deprivation to include the relational aspects of subordination, discrimination and domination and other social conditions in which exclusions are historically embedded.   The readings on the social exclusion and inclusion then will be linked with issues of Dalit exclusion, marginalization and discrimination and agenda of inclusion in Nepal.  Through reading and discussion of the selected materials on the theme as well as providing opportunity for the participants to engage in an informed dialogue, the course will enable the participants to understand the concepts and use them for analysis of Nepali situation with especial focus on Dalit inclusion.  
    1. Module 3: Nepal Government and Donor’s Policies, Plans and Programs for Dalit Social Inclusion
      1. This module is designed to develop basic knowledge and understanding into the realms of the government and donor’s policies, plans and programs for the social inclusion especially of the Dalits. The main aim of the module is to widen the horizon of knowledge and understanding on the policies, plans and programs for Dalits’ inclusion, its implementation and multiplier effect in the socio-economic sphere of Dalit community with a view to making participants/students able to identify significant problems and apply their knowledge and understanding of different national and international thoughts in solving the problems of social inclusion for Dalits.
  1. Module 4: Theory and Practice of Informed Policy Advocacy for Dalit Social Inclusion.
    1. 1.The objective of this module is to make participants familiar with the theoretical perspective of informed -policy -advocacy. The course deals with different dimension and meaning of infomred -policy-advocacy both in country and abroad. The course also focuses on the different phases of activism in Dalit Social Inclusion and their impacts on the movement of Dalit’s Social Inclusion. The session will be conducted in an interactive mode with ‘meaningful particiaption’.        




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