Preeti Thapa is a peacebuilder and U.S.-trained lawyer, with 17 years of experience in law and law-related fields, gender, peacebuilding, and governance. She is a mediator and also a certified master trainer in interest-based mediation. She is an active member of a small community of mediation professionals in Nepal. She has worked to develop and institutionalize community mediation program in 14 districts through five partner NGOs. Preeti had helped the partners to train more than 4,500 community mediators, of which one third is women mediators.
Preeti has worked with Ministry of Law and Justice to draft mediation policies and has provided substantive inputs for the drafting and passage of Mediation Act and Regulation. She also serves as the Foundation’s liaison with the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers’ Gender Empowerment and Coordination Unit, Supreme Court, and the National Human Rights Commission. She has provided technical support to Supreme Court to draft National Plan of Action on mediation.
Preeti has supported the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR) to expedite the launch of Local Peace Committees (LPC) and provided technical assistance in building the capacity for these new structures. She has provided orientation on mediation to MoPR officials and key office-bearers within the LPCs. She has provided backstopping for the staff working with the Nepal Transition to Peace (NTTP) Initiative, a forum for informal dialogue among Nepal’s major political parties and the only space co-owned by major political parties, the government, and civil society.
On behalf of The Asia Foundation and other agencies, she has organized workshops, conferences, and other public events on mediation, conflict transformation, and peacebuilding issues in Nepal. She had the opportunity to present her mediation work internationally at workshops and conferences organized by the UN, civil societies, and academia. In addition she has published articles related to mediation and peacebuilding. As a longstanding member of Nepal’s Shadow Report Writing Committee, Ms. Thapa represented Nepal along with other civil society group members at the 30th CEDAW Session at the United Nations.
As a longstanding member of Nepal’s Shadow Report Writing Committee, Preeti represented Nepal along with other civil society group members at the 30th CEDAW Session at the United Nations. She has edited Compilation and Analysis of Gender Justice Cases of Nepal (Forum for Protection of Public Interest, 2003). In addition, she is a member of the Nepal Bar Association and the Community Mediators’ Society.
Education: Preeti Thapa studied Law, received her bachelor’s degree from the Tribhuvan University and her master’s degree from the School of Law, University of New Hampshire, Concord, New Hampshire, USA.
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