On November 27th to December 1st 2016, Programme Director Dr Véronique Dudouet co-facilitated two training workshops on ‘people power and nonviolent struggle for justice’ with the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC, Washington) in Nepal. The workshops, that took place in the districts of Rupandehi and Kavre with logistical support from Voices of Women Media, brought together 60 ex-combatants and conflict victims. These constituencies are at the forefront of popular mobilisations to demand an inclusive implementation of the comprehensive peace agreement signed a decade ago, in November 2006, between the main Nepalese political parties and the Maoist armed movement.
The training aimed to support these stakeholders’ capacity to organise effective nonviolent campaigns in the pursuit of transitional justice, state accountability for past human rights violations, and governmental support for all conflict victims, including discharged (i.e. under-aged) ex-combatants. These workshops and their participants were partly drawn from two participatory action research projects funded by the Berghof Foundation and carried out by Simon Robins and Ram Kumar Bhandari in 2013-14 and 2014-15.