Women and Climate Justice Tribunal held

Jagaran Nepal on behalf of GCAP National Coalition with support from Feminist Task Force (FTF) of GCAP Foundation organized a tribunal on climate justice and its impact on rural women in Dolakha district on October 30, 2011 with the support of local host Mahila Uthhan Kendra, Charikot Dolakha.
Representatives from civil society organizations, women and peasant organizations, media, farmers, government and non governmental officials were present at the program. They discussed on the current issues of climate change and its impact on rural women and possible ways to regulate and control its forms for ensuring sustainable development.



A total of five testimonies Jiputi Sherpa,Shosthani Joshi,Ramita Tamang,Kamala Shrestha and Suntali Shrestha raised the issues regarding climate change and the problems faced by the particular community in Dolakha district. They present the contentious climate change and women related issues of Gaurishankar, Khare, Bhimeshwor municipality and Naagdaha VDCs respectively.
Be deficient in agricultural production, increase of numerous diseases, deforestation, change in agriculture pattern, problem of fetching water, firewood problems, melting Snow Mountain, draught, low rainfall, flood and great fear to explode Chho-Rolpa lake were some of the issues raised and analyzed by the testimonies.
A five-member jury team encompassing Bhakta Bahadur Thapa, Journalist and environment expert); Sita K.C, FECOFUN district president; Hom Pathak, Senior human right activist; Krishna Basnet, Lawyer and Chairperson of District BAR Association; and Shrijana Karki, women right activist heard the arguments of five testimonies and urged government officials, civil societies and media/journalists to ensure and address the problems of rural women.
Speaking in the welcoming session, Jagaran Nepal President Sharmila Karki highlighted the objectives of the program to up scale local solutions and bring the voices of those most affected women and traditionally excluded groups. She said that the rural women are most affected by climate change because of illiteracy, women's involvement in agriculture, livestock, and child bearing and rearing. The male are out of district and country for income generation and women are taking all responsibility to take care of home. She emphasized to change male dominated traditional social structure and suggested that the male must be helpful to uplift female.
The participants from major political parties UCPN- Maoist Rita Rimal and CPN-UML Bharat Dulal committed to work for rural women and go together to address the problems caused by climate change and global warming.
The participants were present from GOs,I/NGOs, civil socity, media, Journalist and far remote VDCs Khare, Gaurishankar, Naagdaha and Bhimeshor Municipality. The program was facilitated by Sharmila Karki, President of Jagaran Nepal.