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Federalism training strengthens women’s leadership in Nepal

About 110 Nepali women leaders took part in a four-day training in Kathmandu, co-organized by the Forum, to explore issues of federalism from a gender, comparative and theoretical perspective.

The participants included members of Nepal’s Constituent Assembly – the body charged with writing a new constitution for the country - and other female opinion makers, including political party leaders, civil servants, civil society representatives and journalists.

During the course, the participants learned the principles and mechanisms of federalism. The Forum’s three-day course was part of a broader three-week Women’s Leadership Academy organized by the National Democratic Institute (NDI), an American nonprofit organization that supports democratic institutions and practices in every region of the world.

The training was facilitated by national and international federalism experts including Ms. Nicole Töepperwien from Switzerland, Mr. Jaya Josie from South Africa, and Mr. Amitabha Pande from India. National experts included Dr. Krishna Khanal and Dr. Shankar P. Sharma. Topics such as ethnic autonomy, gender equality and the participation of women in increasingly complex government structures were highlighted in the discussions.

The Forum delivered its contributions to the course from Dec. 8-11, 2008. The course was organized by NDI in collaboration with the Forum, the United Nations Population Fund, UNICEF, the International Labour Organization and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development.

The workshop was supported by the German Federal Foreign Office through the GTZ Federalism Support Programme.