Celebrating Mountain Women’s Achievements at ICIMOD

08 Mar 2011


Celebrating the 100th Year of International Women’s Day

Each year, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) celebrates International Women’s Day on March 8th to honour, highlight, and promote the role of women in sustainable mountain development in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas. This year the Centre looks forward to celebrating two special events from 8-9 March 2011 at its Headquarters in Khumaltar, Lalitpur.

During the first event, ‘Celebrating 100 Years of International Women’s Day’, ICIMOD is honoured to welcome Ms Anuradha Koirala, Chairperson of Maiti Nepal and CNN Hero of the Year 2010, as the Guest of Honour and Keynote Speaker for a programme on the morning of Tuesday, 8th of March. Ms Koirala is noted primarily for her critical work on women’s empowerment, protecting the most vulnerable segment of Nepal’s society – especially young girls and women – from trafficking and rehabilitating them. She is also known for her crusade for the protection of basic human rights of women everywhere.

This year ICIMOD is also instituting ‘Gender Champions Awards’ to honour those at the Centre who are making a real difference for gender-positive changes within the institution and in the region. The two best Gender Champions and the best Gender-Positive Team at ICIMOD will be presented with their awards by the Director General in recognition of their outstanding contributions in promoting gender issues and equity within the Centre and the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region.

The second event is a one-and-a-half day Consultative Workshop and Round Table on ‘Gender Experiences and Adaptation Strategies to Climate and Socio-Cultural Change in the Hindu-Kush Himalayas.’ Some 25 participants from the region will join ICIMOD experts to discuss key issues facing mountain women in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas in rapidly changing contexts, and as a result of different drivers of change such as climate change. This workshop will lay the foundation for ICIMOD’s work on gender and adaptation to climate and socio-cultural change for the next five years.

ICIMOD ensures that gender and equity issues are integrated in all its strategic programmes, projects, and communications. It works with partners to develop their capacities to promote gender issues and good governance in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas for sustainable mountain development. It addresses gender issues in all of its interventions through gender-responsive research, capacity building, and policy options and also supports gender-positive changes within the organisation itself.

For further information, contact:

Ms Nira Gurun
Communications Officer