July 6, 2012 — The Asia Foundation’s Nepal Senior Program Officer Preeti Thapa has been nominated for the N-Peace Awards 2012 Emerging Peace Champions. Ms. Thapa is among 13 top candidates nominated for this category, which celebrates the emerging leadership of young women who motivate peace building among their peers. A winner will be selected in mid-July by a panel of 2011 N-Peace Network Award winners. For the latest updates, please visit N-Peace Network’s website or its Facebook page.
Ms. Thapa is a leading peace builder in Nepal with 16 years of experience in law, gender, peace building and governance. She currently manages the conflict transformation, peace building, gender, and human rights programs of the Foundation in Nepal, and also provides technical support to government institutions, including: the Prime Minister’s office; the Ministry of Law and Justice, the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Women, Children, and Social Welfare; and the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR). Ms. Thapa expedited the launch and development of the MoPR’s Local Peace Committees and advised on legislation establishing the Truth and Reconciliation Committee.
Among her accomplishments, Ms. Thapa has developed and institutionalized community mediation programs in 14 districts through five partner organizations; she has trained more than 4,700 community mediators and has supported the mediation of more than 20,000 cases, of which 85 percent were resolved. She has also provided backstopping for staff at the Nepal Transition to Peace Initiative, a forum for informal dialogue among Nepal’s major political parties. At the local level Ms. Thapa has monitored and advised the USAID, McConnell Foundation, DFID, and Asia Foundation-funded program on dispute resolution through village development councils and municipalities.
Ms. Thapa has worked with the formal and informal justice mechanism and community members to address the barriers of women’s access to justice. As a longstanding member of Nepal’s Shadow Report Writing Committee, which reports on the situation of women and girls, Ms. Thapa represented Nepal at the 30th session on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. She is a member of the Nepal Bar Association and the Forum for Protection of Public Interest and holds a Master’s Degree in law from School of Law, University of New Hampshire, USA.