As Nepal wrote a new constitution and laid out guidelines for three tiers of elections, community forest users worried that the new government would leave little room for the voices of traditionally marginalized groups, like rural women and Dalits, a historically persecuted community in Nepal and India. The power to sit at the bargaining table and make important policy decisions, they agreed, had to come from adequate representation, particularly at the local government level.

That’s why women leaders and activists at a civil society organization called FECOFUN decided to run for office.

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FECOFUN: 5th General Assembly of FECOFUN
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Quarterly Update 2013.4
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RRI Quarterly Update (July – September 2013)
RRI Quarterly Update (July – September 2013)

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FECOFUN: Doti Declaration Paper
FECOFUN: Doti Declaration Paper

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