Kanchanpur, 21st March 2024 – In a remarkable display of solidarity and commitment towards creating an inclusive society, the serene town of Shuklaphanta in Kanchanpur, Sudurpaschim Province, became the epicenter of a significant gathering on the International Day for the Elimination of Caste and Racial Discrimination. This pivotal event was organized through the collaborative efforts of the Dalit Social Transformation Campaign for Justice of Indigenous and Janajati, in partnership with Saathi, Needs, and Haliya Freed Society, and was brilliantly coordinated with the Shuklaphanta Municipal/Ward office.

The program witnessed the participation of over 300 individuals, including influential figures such as Geeta Chaudhary, a respected member of the Sudurpaschim Province Assembly, local ward chairs, esteemed women’s rights activists, political leaders, and dedicated campaigners, all united by a common cause.

The keynote speakers and attendees engaged in thoughtful dialogues, shedding light on the pressing need for the formulation and enforcement of policies dedicated to empowering those marginalized by caste distinctions. A recurring theme throughout the discussions was the critical evaluation of the effectiveness of current constitutional provisions in safeguarding the fundamental rights of Dalit communities. The consensus pointed towards an urgent need for Dalit-centric laws, policies, and programs, emphasizing the pivotal role of local government in their implementation.

Speakers underscored the importance of continuing the campaign against discrimination, highlighting that the journey towards equality is far from over. The event served as a powerful reminder that the fight against caste and racial discrimination requires relentless effort and unwavering commitment from every sector of society.

This gathering was not just an event but a part of the larger GOAL project, graciously supported by AEIN Luxembourg, aimed at fostering social justice and equity. The discussions and resolutions from this day are set to pave the way for significant policy shifts and more inclusive governance.

As we reflect on the outcomes of this momentous day, we are reminded of the power of collective action in confronting and overcoming the deep-rooted challenges of caste and racial discrimination. Let us carry forward the momentum from Kanchanpur and continue to strive for a world where every individual is valued and treated with dignity, irrespective of their caste or race.