Girls Not Brides Nepal (GNB Nepal), Balika Dulahi Hoinan, a National Network formed in February 2012 with seven Nepali organizations joined hands to fight against child marriage. (AMK, CREHPA, CWIN, CWS,  JWAS, SOLID Nepal and SASANE). GNB Nepal officially became a National Partnership under Girls Not Brides (GNB) in February 2014. Over the years, the national partnership has expanded its membership to 20 organizations, building important linkages between the government and local stakeholders.

Vision

We envision a Nepal free of child marriage, where gender equity and economic empowerment of women and girls are ensured, and they enjoy equal rights in all spheres of their lives.

Objectives

  • Support the federal, provincial and local government for effective implementation and monitoring of the ‘Costed Implementation Plan of Action (CIP) to end child marriage by 2030.
  • Identify conflicting laws and policies and existing gaps related to marriage and ensure its effective implementation through advocacy and lobbying.
  • Enhance the leadership, advocacy and communication capacities of the GNB Nepal members to address child marriage issues in the country.
  • Enhance public awareness about the marriage law and against the harmful social practices of the child marriage on economic, health, education and protection of a girl child.
  • Support strengthening, diversification and growth of GNB Nepal network.

Management

The GNB Nepal Secretariat is managed by CREHPA (2019 June to 2022 May). In the past, two founder network organizations of GNB Nepal looked after the GNB Secretariat. From February 2012 to May 2016, the Secretariat office was established at SOLID Nepal (Dr. Khem B Karki, Executive Director, SOLID Nepal as the General Secretary and Mr Anand Tamang, Director, CREHPA as the National Coordinator). From June 2016 to May 2019, the Secretariat office was managed by SASANE (Advocate Shyam Pokhrel, Executive Director, SASANE as the General Secretary and Anand Tamang continued to lead the GNB Nepal as the National Coordinator). In order to ensure that GNB Nepal is implementing programs and activities according to its mandate and manage its operation a seven member National Partnership Executive Committee was formed in May 2019 through nominations by the 18 organizational members of GNB Nepal. The term for the Executive committee is three years. The next executive committee will be formed in May 2022.

GNB Nepal’s Executive Committee (May 2019-May 2022)

Vaijayanti Karki

National Coordinator

Prakash Khatiwada

Deputy Coordinator

Anand Tamang

General Secretary

Bishnu Kumar Bhandari

Member

Nirijana Bhatta

Member

Jeny Pokharel

Member

Ajit Acharya

Member