Journalists and civil activists commit to give priority to issues of marginalized
May 15, 2023 12:55 PM NPT
By: Lalit Bista
Nepalgunj, May 15: Journalists and civil activists have expressed their commitment to give priority to the issues of marginalized communities.
They expressed this commitment at the closing program of TT training given to journalists and civil activists from Surkhet, Dailekh, Kalikot, Humla, Kathmandu and Banke.
Journalist Tripti Shahi, who participated in the program, said that the issues of the marginalized communities of Karnali will be given priority. He said that she would raise various problems in the Dalit community. She said that until today, she has cited various issues of women and children.
She said, "After the training, I got the inspiration to write about the issues of the Dalit community as well." From now on I will also write about this issue.”
Participating in the training, Lalit Bista said that the issues of every citizen in the society have been raised since the past. He said, “I will give first priority to children in the society, human rights, Dalit rights and gender violence, Chhaupadi system and violence against women.”
Prashant Budhathoki, a participant in the same training, said that it will become easier to write about rights after the training. He said that it helped to bring more clarity to the article. The participants of the training stated that all the issues of minorities will be prioritized.
The training was organized by Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO) for the rights activists. The training was coordinated by Plan International Nepal and supported by the European Union.
The training started on May 10 and ended on May 14. A total of 25 journalists and civil activists from six districts participated in the program .The training was given by senior journalist Babita Basnet and journalist and Dalit rights activist Amar Sunar. The program was held at Sneha Hotel in Nepalgunj.
Speaking at the end of the training, President of Feminist Dalit Organization, Lumbini Nirmala Sunar did not expect the participants of the training to support the aims of the organization. In that training, there was discussion on writing and its importance, writing style, violation of human rights, etc. Ramesh Nepal, coordinator of FEDO Nepal, Kalikot, said that the program was organized with the aim of prioritizing research and investigative journalism on various issues in the society.
FEDO Nepal has now started 'Our Voice Our Choice' program in four local levels of Kalikot and is conducting various programs in other provinces as well.