16th October 2019, Birendranagar, Surkhet
KIRDARC Nepal collaboratively organized province level Bal Kachahari on “Child Right Protection: Ending Child Marriage in Nepal” with Ministry of Social Development, Karnali Province, and Good Neighbor International Nepal on 16th October 2019 at Hotel Siddhartha, Brendranagga, Surkhet, Karnali Province. The program was supported by Mission East, World Vision, Save the Children, Plan International, Social Service Centre (SOSEC), Dailekh. More than 130 participants took part in the program representing local governments, child networks, civil society, human rights, child rights activists, media, and political leaders, and children. The program commenced by Hon. Dala Bahadur Rawal, Minister, Social Development, Karnali Province by uncovering veil worn by bride symbolically reflecting campaign for acting against child/early marriage.
The chief guest of the program was Hon. Padma Khadka, Member of Province Assembly, Karnali Province reminded that campaigns like this contributes to take further actions by the government representatives with regards to ending child marriage and child rights. The special guest was Hon. Dala Bahadur Rawal, Minister, Social Development, Karnali Province asserted that the Karnali province government is committed for effective law enforcement regarding elimination of child marriage and he asked to the CSOs for playing constructive support as they have been in the campaign. Guests Mohan Maya Dhakal, Deputy Mayor Birendranagar, Surkhet; Upjung Shahi, Chairperson, Khatyad Rural Municipality; Rup Nath Timsina, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Surkhet also shared their views and existing status of child marriage and initiated measures by stakeholders. In the program, welcome words were delivered by Samjhana Malla, Secretary of KIRDARC Nepal. The program was chaired by Rana Lal Kulal, Chairperson of KIRDARC Nepal. He viewed that the event being crucial for collaborative effort through AWASAR campaign to end child marriage with collective initiative in the region and country. In the program, a presentation was made by Bale Biwswakarma, Child Rights Activist for setting the interaction agenda on child marriage status, challenges and measures to tackle the problem in the region.
Overall, participants raised concerns and queries regarding effectively executing policies along with ensuring adequate institutional capacity to end child marriage from Karnali province. Guests, participants made commitment representing government, civil society, media, and child right network for carrying out efforts to end child marriage and promote child rights along with signing on the signature banner.