Bandana Rana

Scaling the summit for women’s rights

Watch #KAPTalks with Bandana Rana, member of the UN CEDAW Committee, who discussed scaling women’s rights for lasting impact on Gender Equality.

Tuesday 30.11.2021

Finding your voice and identity for many women in South Asia, including Nepal, is like climbing Mt. Everest the highest peak in the world – not an easy task with deeply embedded patriarchal values and gender norms. Violence against women particularly domestic violence is the biggest deterrent to women’s advancement and development.  However, with a vibrant women’s movement and civil society activism scaling this mountainous hurdle can be possible. It is a shared collective vision of inclusive development that is required to make gender equality a reality.

Inclusive empowerment and equality must be at the heart of all efforts to ensure sustainable development. The talk featured valuable examples of bottom-up movement building, breaking the culture of silence, harnessing the potential of the media and enhancing critical and collaborative partnership for transforming the roadmap to inclusive development. It highlighted experiences of linking efforts from local to global and global to local for scaling the hurdles of rising inequalities. The journey continues – to achieving transformative change that is fair and sustainable and building a future where no rights are trampled and no one is left behind. 

This lecture was hosted by the University of Luxembourg and Aide à l’Enfance de l’Inde et du Népal (AEIN). 

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Bandana Rana from Nepal is a member of the UN CEDAW Committee since 2017. She is also a member of the UNFPA High Level Commission on ICPD25. Her experience spans three decades of active engagement in promoting women's rights and gender equality through the different organizations and networks she has founded and led. She has worked from the grassroots to the national, regional and global level leading advocacy, research, and public outreach and community mobilisation programs. Her many years of dedicated work has been in the area of violence against women, gendered conflict transformation, peace building and engendered media particularly through the two organisations she co-founded and led, Saathi and Sancharika Samuha. She is the former chair of the National Women's Commission of Nepal. 

Ms. Rana is the recipient of the Woman of Distinction Award 2016 conferred by the NGO CSW Committee for her dedicated work and contribution to gender equality globally. She was also a member of the UN Secretary General's High Level Advisory Group for the Global Study on the implementation of UNSCR 1325. She was the member of the UN Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group from 2012 to 2015. 

Ms. Rana is the chair of the board of directors of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) and former Chair of the Global Network of Women Shelters. 

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