Media interaction Program was held in Banke and Dadeldhura on 1st November , 2017 focusing on Women in Elections . The program under the project "Women’s Representation and Leadership Development Project (WoRLD)” was organized by Jagaran Nepal. The program was organized with the objective to discuss on how the media can play a pivotal role in highlighting the issues of women leaders as only 5% of women got nominated on first-past-the-post poll for the provincial and federal polls taking place on November 26.
The country is heading toward the election of House of Representatives and State Assemblies in 32 districts on November 26 and in the remaining 45 districts on December 7 this year. Only five percent (41 out of 803) women’s representation was seen when political parties filed nominations on October 22 for the federal and provincial elections scheduled for November 26 . The program was thus organized to have an interaction among the women leaders and journalists who provided their opinions on what can be done further from both of their sides for more effective participation of women in the upcoming elections. Women leaders demanded the journalists to write more on women issues, their struggles and they also expressed that that journalists should write the news regarding what achievements have been gained in other countries after the women being elected in various posts. Women leaders requested the media to play an effective role in order to compensate the problems arised due to the 1st phase of federal and provincial election. Similarly, journalists also put forth their opinions regarding women in elections. They opined that the reason behind less articles/news on the very issue is because women leaders do not proactively bring forth their issues in the media. They requested the women leaders to actively discuss their issues in the media and also urged them to come forward to speak instead of only letting the male leaders to do so.
Around 40 journalists ( 15 from Dadeldhura and 25 from Banke) along with 50 women political leaders from 10 different districts of Nepal (Far-western region : Doti, Acham, Kailali, Kanchanpur and Dadeldhura ; Mid-western region Banke, Bardia, Dailekh, Dang and Surkhet districts) were involved in the media interaction program. The program began with welcome remarks and objective sharing in Dadeldhura by Ms. Purna Kala Rai, Project Coordinator of WoRLD . Simialrly, Mr. Dipak Bashyal , National Project Coordinator of SMARCO Project gave the welcome remarks and objective sharing in Dadeldhura. And Ms Niru Jairu, women leader moderate Interaction program at Dadeldhura. Similarly, In Banke The program began with welcome remarks and objective sharing by Ms. Mina Bista, Manager of Jagaran Nepal and objective sharing moderate and interaction program by Suresh Kumar Gautam.