Glimpses of International Women’s Day 2012 Celebration at ICIMOD


‘Celebrating and Inspiring Futures of Mountain Women’

International Women’s Day Celebration at ICIMOD Headquarters, 8 March 2012

Every year on 8 March ICIMOD celebrates International Women's Day to honour, highlight and promote women's role in, and contribution to, the equitable and sustainable wellbeing of the people of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. This year, ICIMOD joined many individuals and organizations from around the world to celebrate International Women's Day with the theme 'Celebrating and Inspiring Futures of Mountain Women’. Various activities were organized at ICIMOD's headquarters in Kathmandu; here are a few glimpses of the day.

Welcome remarks 

Dr Ritu Verma and Ms Miriam Lindwer welcomed the participants to the celebration. Dr Verma encouraged women to ignore the sometimes persistent voices that say women cannot do or achieve the same things as men. If women had listened to these voices we would not have women leading their fields in research and science, such as Nobel Laureate Dr Elinor Ostrom, who is a role model for women all over the world.


Keynote speech

“ICIMOD’s Director General, Dr David Molden, said that efforts need to be made for the sustainable growth and equitable development of vulnerable mountain communities, especially women and girls. He also emphasized that ‘strategies to cope with the negative impacts of climate change should be focused on women, who are most vulnerable to it’.

ICIMOD also honoured teams and officials that are inspiring gender-positive changes within the organization and beyond. Mandira Shrestha, water resource specialist, and Prem Manandhar, monitoring and evaluation support officer, were given the Gender Champion Award, while the Integrated Forest Ecosystem and Watershed Services was declared the best Gender Champion Team.”
Excerpt from The Kathmandu Post, 9 March 2012

Celebrating Achievements and Strategizing New Futures for Gender Positive Change in Mountain Contexts

An international panel on ‘Celebrating Achievements and Strategizing New Futures for Gender Positive Change in Mountain Contexts’, moderated by Dr Ritu Verma (first from the right) and consisting of (from left to right) Dr Eva Rathgeber, Dr Suman Bisht, Dr Arzu Rana Deuba, and Ms Bandana Khand, shared their experiences on gender equality and empowerment in the context of natural resource management and sustainable mountain development.

Gender Champions Awards 2012

ICIMOD honoured the best gender positive team and staff members for making a difference and bringing about gender positive changes within the organization and beyond. The Gender Champions Awards are becoming important to progress and collective learning on gender integration, both with ICIMOD and in its programmatic work. (Photo or right: Min Gurung explaining the Gender Champions selection criteria and process)

Photo feature

Male members of ICIMOD’s Gender Resource Team (GReaT) share ‘time capsule’ messages sent by previous ICIMOD Gender and Governance Division heads and experts

Cake cutting ceremony

Honorarium presented to Maiti Nepal by Karen Molden and Dr David Molden in recognition of the outstanding work of Maiti Nepal in anti-trafficking

Cultural dances by the children of Maiti Nepal

Staff articles

Articles by Suman Bisht and Anita Karki on gender issues in the region were published in local newspapers, Republica and The Kathmandu Post: 
More articles on ICIMOD’s International Women's Day Celebrations, including excerpts from Dr Molden’s keynote speech and information on the Gender Champions Award, were published in The Kathmandu Post and by the Xinhua News Agency. There were also several web postings (please see the right column). All photos by Nabin Baral/ICIMOD.

For more information contact 

Dr Ritu Verma 
Min Gurung