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.