[kehitysmaaliike-l] SAVE THE DATE 28.9.2011: Stop Caste Discrimination! Workshop on Dalit rights in Nepal

Matilainen Salla Salla.Matilainen at mission.fi
Ti Elo 23 13:28:34 EEST 2011


28 September, 2011

Stop Caste Discrimination! - Workshop on Dalit rights in Nepal

In Nepal, 13 per cent of the population live on the margins of society - as unwanted untouchables and excluded from mainstream development. Despite having no legal or religious legitimacy, castes and caste discrimination continue to exist in South Asia. Caste discrimination involves massive violations of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. The seminar takes a closer look at the situation in Nepal. How can we eliminate caste discrimination? What parties are involved internationally? How are Dalit communities best empowered? How is the Dalits' right to political participation ensured? What are effective means of action?

Venue: Pikkuparlamentin kansalaisinfo (Visitor's Centre in Pikkuparlamentti, annex building of the Parliament house), Arkadiankatu 3, Helsinki


8.30                     Morning coffee and registration

9.00                     Welcome, Eeva Kemppi-Repo, Director for Communications, Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (FELM)

9.15                     Opening of the seminar, Ilkka Kantola, Parliament's Human Rights Group

9.30                     Key note speech: Frameworks and institutions to address caste-based discrimination in Nepal - Recent developments and challenges,

Rikke Nöhrlind, Co-ordinator, International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN)

Case study: Witnessing the change - Community based development projects in empowering dalit communities ,

Devi Gurung, Bimala Gayak, Samaritarian Uplift Service, Nepal and Markku Voutilainen, Senior Adviser, FELM

10.00                  Coffee Break

10.15                  Panel discussion - Perspectives on elimination of caste discrimination in Nepal, Chair Pirkko-Liisa Kyöstilä*, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

- Good practices on ensuring human rights of Dalits in Nepal, Kristiina Vainio, Coordinator, The Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights (KIOS)

- Right to development - true for Dalits as well? Maria Immonen, Director for Development Cooperation, FELM

- Right to political participation in Nepal - how to make it a reality? Johanna Poutanen, Program Coordinator, Political Parties of Finland for Democracy (DEMO)

- Supporting Dalit women entrepreneurship in Nepal, Ulla Sarasalmi, Coordinator; Livelihoods and small business development, FinChurchAid

Comment by Kirsti Kirjavainen, Senior Adviser, FELM

11.30                  We can be part of the change - avenues to fight caste discrimination

- Results of the Dalit Solidarity Network survey, Mikko Malkavaara, Chair, the Dalit Solidarity Network, Finland
- Presentation of the "Kaadetaan kastilaitos!" campaign, Merja Nevala, FELM

12.15                  Conclusion, Rolf Steffansson, Director for Mission Cooperation, FELM

* to be confirmed

The seminar is open for everyone and will be conducted in English. The confirmed progamme and registration details to follow. For more information, kindly contact kristiina.rintakoski at mission.fi<mailto:kristiina.rintakoski at mission.fi>

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