Women's Rehabilitation Center (WOREC) and National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders (NAWHRD) jointly organized national consultation on access to justice among 90 participants with the theme "Where is my justice?" focusing to dialog on the issue of violence against women and girls and the justice mechanism of the state on the occasion of peace day with the slogan "Together for peace: Respect Safety and Dignity for all" on 24th September, 2017.
Violence survivors from different districts- Udayapur, Morang, Kailali, Dang, Dhanusha and Siraha and stakeholders from government and non-government organizations participated in the program held in National Human Rights Commission, Kathmandu, Nepal. It aimed to strengthen the engagement of newly elected political leaders, concerned stakeholders to establish the robust justice mechanism for the survivors of GBV, to build better understanding of the concerned stakeholders on the gaps, challenges and difficulties being faced by women and girls in accessing justice from the ground realities and to facilitate and create a platform for women and girls to take collective action demanding justice and their rights.
Speaking at the forum, Honorable RanjuJha , chairperson of parliamentary committee on women, children, elderly and social welfare, strongly committed, "Being in the position of legislation, I will be sensitive towards the issue of registering the cases of heinous crimes and make sure there will be no provision of validity on it." She also added that though there are the laws and policies, these need effective implementation.
Honorable Pemba Lama, Member of Parliament, focused on zero tolerance towards violence against women and girls. Likewise, MohanaOnsari, spokesperson of National Human Rights Commission, showed solidarity in the issue of women’s access to justice without which she believed that no international conventions would come true. HariprabhaKhadgi, Deputy Mayor of Kathmandu municipality, emphasized that the economic empowerment is a must for women's justice so she has given her commitment to work on this behalf.
Radhika Aryal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, also showed her commitment to contribute from her department to address the issues of women's access to justice. Tulsi Ram Sedai, Secretary National Women Commission, Nepal strongly stated to work on these issues rigorously in the days to come.
Lastly, Dr. RenuAdhikari summarized the discussions in the program highlighting the real need of justice. She added that justice is denied by the concerned stakeholders also only if government and non-government stakeholders work jointly together, women's access to justice is possible.