Forum for Protection of Public Interest (Pro Public) has collaborated with UN Women supported project “Gender Responsive Electoral Process” from October 9, 2013 to November 30, 2013. For this project, a coalition entitled “Coalition for Gender Responsive Electoral process in Nepal” was formed of five organizations, led by Pro Public. It implemented the Consultation in the Districts and Constituencies for Gender Responsive Electoral Process Project. The objective of the project was to support to make a gender responsive electoral process and increase women’s leadership and participation in the second CA election 2013. Pro Public successfully led the coalition and played a significant role to accomplish the historical and significant task despite the volatile political and security situation during the election.
The coalition successfully conducted Regional Training for the 200 local resource persons in five development regions. Similarly, 75 orientation programs were conducted by 200 trained local resource persons in the headquarters of their respective districts and oriented 3,177 local persons. Similarly, 200 trained local resource persons further successfully conducted orientation programs in 240 constituencies of their respective districts and oriented 13,640 local persons.
The project has been instrumental to make the women and vulnerable and excluded groups aware of rights and roles with regard to their participation in the Constituent Assembly election as voters. The orientation programs developed the knowledge and views on fundamental human rights, electoral system and inclusionary policies in terms of gender and excluded communities. The organization of the events at the district and constituency level had been able to create the electoral environment and diminish the bewilderment where a common citizen was unable to decide why to vote again and whom. Through those events by the coalition, the project had been able to remove the thick cloud of uncertainty, instead generated aspiration among them that they should participate in the election.