DOVA in Nepal:

From the 29th of April until the 3rd of May, WOREC Nepal, one of the co-developing organisation of DOVA, and DOVA writer and trainer Loeky Droesen, hosted a 5 day DOVA Nepal kick off workshop.

Nepal has made steps forward in addressing Domestic Violence in its legal and policy framework, but Nepali civil society see many challenges and gaps in the implementation. With the support of Ausaid, a coalition of Nepali organisations has committed to address these challenges. Organizations involved in the project include the Women Forum for Women in Nepal (WOFOWON); LOOM Nepal, (a community-based women organization from southern part of Nepal (terai); Mahila Ekta Samaj (young women led women's organization); Nepal Disabled Women Association (NDWA); Sahayatri samaj and Mukti Nepal. Together they represent a wide variety of the Nepali population, including marginalized groups such as women working in the entertainment industry, women living with disabilities and rural women.

To make the DOVA manual easy to use for the participants, Worec Nepal translated it into Nepali. As soon as the final edit is completed the Nepali version of DOVA will be shared on our resource center.

During the workshop the participants learned to use the DOVA step by step research methodology to explore the practical challenges victims of Domestic Violence face and to link them up to the Human Right and Policy obligations of Nepal. The results of the research will be used to make practical recommendations to the Nepali authorities on how to improve its work to end Domestic Violence. The DOVA Nepal team is committed to push for real change on the ground and for an end of impunity of perpetrators of Domestic Violence. To many participants the workshop was eye opening. Especially the realization that economic and social rights are very relevant to victims of domestic violence. At the workshop participants decided that the focus of their DOVA research will be the lack of access to livelihood for victims/survivors in Nepal.

 

On May 3rd 2013, a public launch of DOVA was held in Kathmandu. Representatives of the Nepali press, government, civil society attended the meeting. The new Australian ambassador, who had just arrived in the country listened to DOVA project team members explaining the focus of the DOVA research and the struggles faced by their specific communities.

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