Complementing the global theme of the 103rd International Women's Day, "A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women", the USAID-funded Hariyo Ban Program on 8th March 2013 held the finale event of a campaign "Amplifying unheard voices of women’s leadership in conservation and climate change" that started on 7th February 2013.
The campaign focused on raising voices from the local level to the national, on best practices and challenges faced by women active in natural resource management through their inspiring stories via song and poetry. The program held auditions in the two landscapes where Hariyo Ban works – in six districts of Chitwan Annapurna Landscape (Kaski, Tanahu, Lamjung, Gorkha, Palpa and Mustang) and nine districts of Teria Arc Landscape (Dhanding, Makawanpur, Chitwan, Nawalparasi, Dang, Banke, Bardia, Kailali and Kanchanpur). Winners from these districts participated in landscape-level semi-finals held in Pokhara (24th February 2013) and Chitwan (27th February 2013). From each landscape two finalists were chosen to participate in Kathmandu today. The Hariyo Ban Program also recognized two woman and man change agents who have worked to promote women's leadership in conservation and climate change.
Ritu Lama from Hetauda, Makwanpur won the song category and Basanta Subedi from Hemja, Kaski
won the poetry category at national level. Besides winning prizes, the finalists will have their songs and poems recorded, and the winners will have their creations aired on national radio and FM stations in several working districts of the Hariyo Ban Program, as part of generating awareness on women’s roles in conservation and climate change. In addition, Ms. Durga Gole form Makwanpur and Mr. Ek Bahadur Budhathoki Magar from Gorkha were recognized for their exceptional work in promoting women's engagement in conservation and increasing women's participation in decision making as change agents respectively by the Hariyo Ban Program. In addition to this Ms. Nanda Kunwar from Kailali was given special recognition to honor her bravery, leadership and high level of commitment in conservation and climate change.