Forum For Nation Building, Nepal (FNB Nepal) organized an “Orientation Cum training on Understanding Domestic Violence and Function of Community Mobile Clinic” at Kathmandu from 19-20, February 2016. All together forty participants from Law School (Kathmandu School of law), lawyers from Kavre and Bara districts, students of psychology and Social Work, nursing professionals and staffs of FNB, Nepal had participated the training. The training was successful on covering various issues related to Domestic violence, function of Community Mobile Clinic and activities of the project carried out by the organization.
At the outset of the program, welcoming to the participants of the training Mr. Nirmal Ku. Upreti, President of FNB Nepal began the training describing the mission and area of work of organization to help acquaint participants with the themes of the training. He briefly introduced objectives of organizing the training i.e. to have a proper discussion and interaction with participants about the function and objectives of the community mobile clinic which can find solution to minimize deeply rooted domestic violence cases in community level and to aware about the issue.
Nepal has made strong normative and legal commitments to ending Domestic violence and inequality. It has ratified the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), thereby legally binding itself to put the CEDAW provisions into practice. A Domestic Violence (punishment and control) Act and a five-year national strategy and action plan for ending domestic violence have also been put in place. Despite such commitment on the part of the government, women in Nepal continue to face various forms of gender-based violence, including instances of physical, sexual, psychological, socio-cultural and economic violence. In most cases, males are found behind such cases of domestic violence in Nepal.
Aligned with this context, in those two days training participants were floored with many issues related to the Domestic violence and after series of discussion participants came to know about the legal provision of national and international mechanism related to domestic violence, women rights and implementation status of Nepalese laws pursuant to domestic violence. Discussion continued within the areas of domestic violence, objectives and function of community mobile clinic, activities of FNB Nepal, sex and gender differences, domestic violence issues in Nepal, case studies and referral mechanisms while dealing with domestic violence victims at community mobile clinic. More importantly, domestic violence victims and socio-psychological perspectives and Domestic Violence: Legal Regime in Nepal was some burning issues where the discussion of the training was focused. In the mean time, Advocate Hari Phuyal, human rights expert and Senior Psychologist Ms. Karuna Kunwar, remained as the major resource people who were accompanied by other experts like Advocate Santosh Maharjan, Advocate Nirmal Kumar Upreti, President FNB Nepal, Asst. Prof Anil Kumar Shrestha, Kathmandu School of Law for stimulating the basic themes of the training. Similarly, input from the lawyers who are practicing in Bara and Kavre district made the interaction livelier and worthy.
The training was effective to aware about root causes of domestic violence, legal instrument regarding domestic violence and case studies, social- psychological perspective towards domestic violence victims and importance of community mobile clinic. Role play organized at the end of the training was crucial to reflect the understanding of the participants after the training and overview the practical experiences of the community mobile clinic.
After the presentation, feedback of thematic discussions on domestic violence issues and survey answers was collected from the participants.