An 11-day march for women’s land rights in Nepal culminated at Tikapur, Kailali on 18 March 2010. The march began at points in Tulsipur, Dang, Kohalpur, Banke and Bhimdattanagar, Kanchanpur, and was timed to correspond with the celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2010. A total of 337 women and 40 men participated in this historic event.
During the march, campaigners reached 60 000 tillers and land-poor people through consultations and discussions on women’s rights to land resources, which were held at communities, schools, colleges, and public places. Participants arranged for their own utensils, bedding, and logistics during the march, while villagers provided them with food and accommodations. The marchers were warmly greeted at every stop by community members, teachers and students.
One participant remarked, “This march remained instrumental in raising hope and confidence amongst our fellow rural women, in articulating the level of land-induced injustices and discrimination, and encouraging them to be part of the land rights movement”.
At the end, participants handed a memorandum containing the sentiments of rural women and a list of their demands for land rights to Ms. Purna Kumari Subedi, Vice‐Chairperson of the Constituent Assembly.
Regional Conference on Women’s Land Rights
On 2-3 February 2010, a regional conference on women’s land rights was held at Baglung. The event was inaugurated by Ms. Ratna Sherchan, Constituent Assembly Member. 90 women participated from 7 districts, namely Syangja, Baglung, Parvat, Myagdi, Kaski, Sindhupalchowk and Rasuwa. The conference ended with a 14‐point Baglung Declaration followed by a press conference. Later, the declaration was submitted to Constituent Assembly members.
Similarly, a regional conference was held in Dhangadhi of Kailali district on 7‐8 February 2010. A total of 121 people, including 111 women and 10 men, participated in the conference.