As an illustration of how HimRights bridges peace and prosperity for the people we support, we would like to share the experiences of two participants who participated in all the activities, from local - national level, of the project, 'Enhancing the Empowerment of Marginalized Youth for Inclusive Democracy and a Greater Realization of Human Rights’ from 2013 – 2016. As background, the Local Self Governance Act 1999, mandates the inclusion of women, indigenous, disabled, children, and marginalized people in local governance processes and has provisions to fund their groups (Women 10%, Children 10-15%, marginalized /elderly/disabled 10% ) from the budgets of every Village Council. However, most of these people do not know about these provisions and lack the self-confidence to approach their Village Council. The activities done by HimRights enable those who are marginalized to voice their needs from local to national levels, and have their local level issues prioritized with a budget. Here is the link of two case stories https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5n799dTN1KhZkMzRUctdHlSMWR0QlM3MUFzUDJncF9kRFk0
HimRights super successfully conducted transformative leadership project ‘Enhancing Empowerment of the Youth from Marginalized Groups in Nepal for Inclusive Democracy and Greater Realization of Human Rights’ (March 2013 to June 2016) intensively in 3 districts (Banke, Makwanpur, and Bhojpur) and at national level (25 districts) with the overall objectives of fortification of inclusive democracy, accountability, and transparency; civic responsibilities, right to information, freedoms of opinion, expression and communication; reduction of various forms of discrimination and oppression; leadership building-respect and internalization of women as leaders and colleagues; and the creation of an overall socio-political environment conducive to equal access to justice in Nepal. 15 Human Rights Trainings, 18 Mock Village Councils, 18 Village Public Hearings, 12 Village Dialogues, 6 Mock District Councils, 9 District Public Hearings, and 6 District Dialogues were conducted in Banke, Makwanpur and Bhojpur districts and 3 National Youth Legislative Parliaments and 2 National Dialogues at National level (participants from 25 districts). The target groups were marginalized youths (18 – 26 years); worked very closely with VDC (Secretary and Social Mobilizer), Ward Citizen Forums, political parties and heads of local government agencies throughout the project period. Directly worked with 3,495 marginalized youths (60% female, 40% male) from 90 VDCs and they shared their learning and knowledge to 420,000 people. Created women friendly spaces; strategically encouraged women to take key-positions with the provision of 50:50 in all the processes, elected/nominated with their male counterparts. This further resulted in significant increase of women’s participation in decision-making and political leadership in the local government. The project was strategically designed to increase visibility and meaningful participation of marginalized youths in local development process through promotion of gender equality and participation of 60% women in each of the activities. For their visibility as prospective leaders and linkage, local government stakeholders and political parties’ involvement was sought from initial preparations to project implementations at all levels to facilitate conducive environment to increase access to local decision-making, resources, local development and candidacy in local elections. Qualitative documentation was conducted with 512 participants from second and third year. 55% Women were in of the major posts of Ward Citizen Forums, Integrated Plan Formulation Committee, Citizen Awareness Center, Consumer Groups, and in other groups. There is high chance for majority of them to be successful candidates in next local elections for their knowledge on governance system and leadership roles in their communities. The youths who were invisible and voiceless are actively participating in planning, prioritization, implementation, budget allocation and monitoring of the development projects as given in Local Self Governance Act, 1999. They are holding key positions in local level decision-making bodies, such as Ward Citizen Forum, Integrated Planning Committee, Citizen Awareness Forums and Consumer’s Groups. 26% of the participants (from year II and III) were selected or elected in above-mentioned bodies especially after the participation in HimRights activities. They followed systematic procedure to submit the project proposals in their VDCs. They were successful to access fund from their VDCs with due process. 35 participants received US$ 56,874 for 52 successful proposals in the third year. In all 90 working VDCs, targeted budgets were spent on respective groups. Youths conducted Right to Information Campaigns and submitted RTI applications to the heads of Local Health Posts, Agriculture Services Centers and Local Schools and they raised issues for effective local resource mobilization and project implementation in VDC. Most importantly, they are raising voice against corruption and financial irregularities to make local government agencies accountable to citizens and their financial transactions transparent.
Parliamentary Committee owned Youth Declaration and the Hon. Ranju Jha, Chairperson of the Committee said, “The program was very effective in transforming youths as leaders and should be conducted in all districts of Nepal.” Chandra Bahadur Karki, Assistant Chief District Officer of Makwanpur said, “We appreciate the effort and training organized by HimRights which has trained the youth about the planning process from the local level and empowered them with leadership and different skills. We hope that this program will continue. I would commit to help anyhow necessary for the continuation of the program.” For details please read this linkhttps://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5n799dTN1KhalUxZHJnbDV0V09oVWZteG9WN0RndTRlbU5n