SOCH (Society for Humanism) Nepal envisions a rational Nepali society wherein all people enjoy equal dignity as human being. To secure this vision, SOCH Nepal advocates for reforms in policies and laws against all forms of kuritis and superstition and support in its implementation to reduce death, violence and discrimination induced by such malpractices.
Nepal is a country with multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-religious, multi-cultural and diverse regional characteristics where views, opinions, and practices of most Nepalese are still orthodox in nature. Thus, malpractices of abusing people—especially women and girls—in the name of witchcraft, chhaupadi, dowry, kumari, deuki, and jhuma, are still rampant in the country. Even though the Constitution of Nepal 2072 has guaranteed the protection and promotion of people’s right to dignity, freedom, social and cultural solidarity, harmony, social justice, prosperity, and has vowed to eliminate discrimination based on class, caste, region, language, religion and gender and all forms of caste-based untouchability, such malpractices are still prevalent.
Although the formulation of bills and acts like Anti-witchcraft Acquisition Bill 2072, Case-based Discrimination and Untouchability (Offence and Punishment) Act, 2011 can taken as notable benchmark that contributes in discouraging people to follow such malpractices, Nepal still lacks sufficient acts, laws, and policies that can prevent all such malpractices from happening. Thus, SOCH Nepal believes that there are many opportunities to act in the policy reforms, strengthen governance, and support the government of Nepal to achieve what its supreme document has vowed to establish.
SOCH Nepal has its primary focus of intervention in three areas i.e. 1) Kuriti and Superstition, 2) Governance, and 3) Secularism 4) peacebuilding and, 5) livelihood
Intervening in ‘Kuriti and Superstition’, SOCH Nepal priorities on conducting lobby and advocacy for formulating new acts against kuritis and superstitions, generating awareness among the general population about it, and enhancing the capacity of stakeholders to eradicate such malpractices. Similarly, SOCH Nepal coordinates with the government for applying social accountability mechanisms and support citizens to undertake oversight of public service delivery and resource use and participate in local level planning and budgeting. Last but not the least; SOCH Nepal focuses on undertaking advocacy for reducing public funds in the name of religious activities. Likewise, SOCH Nepal advocates with policymakers for the formulation of the new act that demands religious organizations to pay tax to the government of Nepal.
Evidence-based advocacy and lobby, network and alliance strengthening, capacity building of beneficiaries and stakeholders, forging coordination and collaboration, promotion of livelihood of the underprivileged and marginalized community, all are major intervention tactics that SOCH Nepal will adapt to ensure an effective outcome.
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