Ban Landmines Campaign Nepal has an eventful couple months ahead, with so much appreciation to look forward to. Firstly, we have Treaty Into Force Day on 1 March which marks the 19th anniversary of the Mine Ban Treaty entering into force following its adoption on 18 September 1997. Since this remarkable milestone in 1999, the international community has annually rejoiced with pride and accomplishment as a way to be cognizant of the momentous success within the mine action movement.
Secondly, 8 March is International Women’s Day 2018 in Nepal as a way to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. This is a significant time to reflect on the progress made by ordinary women who have altered history in their communities and countries. Likewise, it is a time to demand and catalyze greater change as feminists unite. As the UN Secretary General, António Guterres eloquently puts it, “On International Women’s Day, let us all pledge to do everything we can to overcome entrenched prejudice, support engagement and activism, and promote gender equality and women’s empowerment”.
Last, but not least, 4 April is the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, as declared by the United Nations General Assembly on 8 December 2005. This significant day calls, “for continued efforts by the States, with the assistance of the United Nations and relevant organizations, to foster the establishment and development of national mine-action capacities in countries where mines and explosive remnants of war constitute a serious threat to the safety, health and lives of the civilian population, or an impediment to social and economic development at the national and local levels.”
It is important to NCBL to acknowledge the upcoming months as a time to be grateful for the acts of courage and determination by diverse individuals, organizations, and countries. As a tribute to the Treaty Into Force Day, International Women’s Day and International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, NCBL will be be uploading a poster every week as a way to recognize the particular philanthropic facets of the organization. This week’s theme emphasizes our work with survivor support through the provision of white canes and mobility aids. The main purpose of this initiative is to illustrate our continued efforts towards survivor assistance, women’s economic and political empowerment, and the mine action movement as a whole. The job truly is never done.