"We do our best to ensure that justice prevails in all cases, and that victims of sexual violence and discrimination get the support they need."
- Meera Dhungana
FORUM FOR WOMEN, LAW AND DEVELOPMENT (FWLD)
Established in 1995 by Sapana Pradhan Malla, to eliminate discriminatory laws and implement CEDAW (the UN Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women).
The Forum for Women, Law and Development (FWLD) is an autonomous, non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was established in 1995 by Sapana Pradhan Malla with several other women, to eliminate discriminatory laws and implement CEDAW (the UN Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women).
Since its inception FWLD has led the way in effectively using the legal system to fight violence and discrimination against women in Nepal. Some of their key accomplishments include: progressive changes in laws regarding marital rape, women’s right to inheritance, women’s reproductive rights and citizenship rights.
In recent years FWLD has broadened its mandate to also address the rights of disabled people, the elderly, children, sexual and gender minorities, indigenous people, and other marginalized populations.
In addition to advocacy, FWLD pioneers research on issues related to child marriage, HIV/AIDS, female sexuality, reproductive and sexual health and rights, sex trafficking, and sexual harassment. They provide legal aid and services to victims and have built the capacity of District Resource Groups across Nepal to handle cases of violence against women and children.
FWLD also trains potential lawyers, law practitioners, human-rights partners, teachers, police, media, NGOs, and rural citizens on subjects including CEDAW, paralegal skills, HIV/AIDS, sex and labor trafficking, legal awareness about violence against women, ways of empowering migrant women workers, the impact of national conflict on women, and strategies for using international constitutional mechanisms to advance women’s reproductive rights. Since its inception FWLD has responded to community needs in times of emergencies including the 2015 earthquake and COVID-19.
In their ongoing, tenacious efforts to change laws and transform social and cultural biases, FWLD, in Sapana Pradhan Malla’s words, “relentlessly works toward creating a just and equitable society.”
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The Forum for Women, Law and Development works to protect and promote the human rights of women and to eliminate all forms of discrimination.
Garnering global support for a gang rape victim in Nepal
By: DDA | Sept 21, 2013
In 2011, Donor Direct Action issued our very first urgent appeal to help a Nepali Buddhist nun who was brutally gang raped on a bus. On June 24, 2011, the 21-year-old was traveling to visit her family in far eastern Nepal and was raped when she was forced to spend the night on the bus halted by flooding. The driver and four other men from the bus company gang-raped her until she lost consciousness. She spent several weeks hospitalized across the border in India before returning to Nepal, having suffered physical injuries and psychological trauma. The case, though registered with police, became stalled—giving rise to fears of corruption. Meanwhile, the bus company agitated for release of its men.