RESCHEDULED: Gender Justice in Nepal: Political Power and Dignified Menstruation

This event has been rescheduled to Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm PST (Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 7:45 to 9:15 am Nepal Standard Time).
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Join us in conversation with trade unionist and member of the Federal Parliament of Nepal Binda Pandey, and reproductive health activist and civil society leader Radha Paudel, to discuss interconnected movements for gender justice in Nepal. From the intimate politics of menstruation to the fight for voice and leverage in institutions of democratic governance, we will explore persistent barriers to, and the strategies and successes of feminist organizing and advocacy for, gender equity and justice across private and public spheres. The discussion will touch on both speakers’ decades of experience campaigning and organizing, at the grassroots and in national and international policy spaces, and their views on contemporary issues they consider particular pressing.

This event is co-sponsored by the UBC Himalaya Program and the Nepal Cultural Society of British Columbia (NCSBC).


Radha Paudel: ‘The Urgency of Dignified Menstruation in the Era of the 2030 Agenda’

Radha Paudel is an anesthetic nurse turned author and activist. She is the founder of a global network called Global South Coalition for Dignified Menstruation ( and pioneered the movement for Dignified Menstruation, an innovative and holistic approach to examining gender, human rights and development discourses. She speaks around the world on the topic and has also published three books on the subject, including Dignified Menstruation is Everyone’s Business.

Binda Pandey: ‘The Fight for Gender and Social Justice in and through Politics’

Dr. Binda Pandey is a politician, policymaker, and trade union activist with decades of experience advocating for gender justice and human rights. She has served as a member of the first Nepalese Constituent Assembly and as a member of the first Federal Parliament since 2017 representing the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist). She was a founding member of the National Women Commission and has held senior leadership positions at GEFONT, a confederation of Nepali trade unions. Dr. Pandey holds a PhD in ‘Women Empowerment in Politics’ from Kathmandu University and is the author of a recently published book titled Women in Nepali Politics.

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