Women and Armed Conflict in Nepal

A post review discussion on studies focusing on Nepal was organized on April 30, 2006.

At the roundtable members of the core research team, Mandira Sharma, Anil Pant, Bela Malik and Purna Basnet shared the findings of their study focusing on the gender dimension of the armed conflict in Nepal.

The study on Women and Armed Conflict in Nepal: Issues and Perspectives raises a number of issues that are of interest from a human rights perspective. The monograph is essentially a study of the armed conflict in Nepal capturing the everyday insecurities that women face both as victims and as agents within and outside the Maoist movement. While at one level the study points out that the Maobadi movement had at least prima facie empowered women to challenge the status quo based on class and gender hierarchies, at another level it also interrogates whether patriarchy resurfaces within the liberation struggle in significantly different forms.

Gender and Armed Conflict in Nepal

A roundtable on Gender and Armed Conflict in Nepal was held on April 9, 2005 to foreground the study of Mandira Sharma and Anil Pant on the Maoist movement in Nepal.

Some of the issues raised at the roundtable were:

  • The location of the Maoist movement within larger issues of social and economic deprivation of particular sections in Nepal.
  • The narratives of common women in Nepal and their sufferings as a result of the conflict; particularly the context of women’s mobilization in Nepal and the depiction of gender relations within the Maoist party.
  • The power relationships involved in the conflict, and how they affect the victims of the conflict.

Migration and Circles of Insecurity

A roundtable discussion on Migration and Circles of Insecurity was organized on August 26, 2005. This was the first in the series of post review stage of the various studies undertaken as part of the Non Traditional Security project formulation. The purpose of this particular stage was to flag a new series of discussion and come out with policy recommendations.

The study Migration and Circles of Security by Ranabir Samaddar and Paula Banerjee looks at the taxonomy of security and insecurity with a constant reflection on trafficked women, resource politics and enclave economy in connection to the population flow within Northeast from the adjoining regions of Burma, Nepal and Bangladesh. It also offers new models of analysis to understand how the larger issues of security and insecurity are introduced with respect to migration or population flows.