Global Leaders Unite: A Reflection on the 16th World Social Forum in Nepal

A Solidarity March for Change

The 16th edition of the World Social Forum (WSF) unfolded in Kathmandu, Nepal, from February 15-19, 2024, under the inspiring theme “Another World is Possible.” The event commenced with a Solidarity March, symbolizing the convergence of voices advocating for social harmony, Free Palestine, global peace, equality, and an end to discrimination. With thousands of participants, the rally became a powerful expression of unity, featuring banners with slogans that echoed the aspirations of various national and international organizations spanning diverse sectors and rights. Representatives from various sectors including climate change activists, workers, farmers, trade unions, women’s organizations, youth, LGBTQI groups, indigenous communities, ethnic organizations, civil society groups, and social movements participated in the five-day event.

Youth From Morocco visited in the Nepal Unites Stall.

Intercontinental Youth Forum: Shaping the Future

Running concurrently with the WSF, the Intercontinental Youth Forum (IYF) from February 17-19, 2024, gathered youth rights activists from India, South Africa, Nepal, America, Colombia, Fiji, France, and Palestine. Organized by Youth Advocacy Nepal in collaboration with over 60 organizations, the forum hosted ten sessions covering topics such as education, peace, inequality, climate justice, feminism, migration, and youth participation. Over 5000 youth actively participated, exchanging ideas and perspectives that contributed to the overarching theme of building a better world.

Nepal Unites: Bridging Divides for Peace

 Nepal Unites, a prominent participant in the WSF, showcased its initiatives at a dedicated booth, attracting thousands of representatives eager to learn about its work with youth on peace, youth leadership, non-violence, conflict transformation, and grassroots movements. Notably, key speakers, including representative from Nepal Unites, the National Director, Mohammad Ayatulla Rahaman addressed critical issues such as women’s empowerment under the theme “Empowering Perspective” and the youth organizational perspective under the theme, “Harmony in Diversity,” emphasizing the organization’s commitment to unity, mutual understanding, peace, and social harmony.

Mohammad Ayatulla Rahaman presented on “Harmony in Diversity”.

A Global Gathering of Changemakers

 The WSF served as a meaningful convergence of global civil society members, NGOs, INGOs, and individuals, all dedicated to fostering dialogue and sharing experiences. This was the good platform for networking along with the NGO’s and INGO’s. More than 50,000 participants from over 1400 organizations across 92 countries marked their attendance, both virtually and in person. The event’s success lies in its ability to bring together diverse voices committed to creating a peaceful world and promoting global solidarity, all within one platform.

 The Power of Collective Action

 As the WSF concluded on February 19, the event left an indelible mark with 60 declarations from organizations worldwide. These declarations pledged collaboration towards realizing another, fairer, and more just world. The event highlighted the power of collective action and the necessity of ongoing efforts to foster a better world that embraces diversity, equity, peace, and justice for all.

In reflection, the 16th World Social Forum in Kathmandu not only provided a platform for dialogue and collaboration but also ignited a collective spirit among global leaders to strive for a world where another, more inclusive future is not only possible but actively pursued.

Mohammad Ayatulla Rahaman

National Director, Nepal Unites

Religious Leaders discussed on Peace, Harmony and Religious Tolerance

Nepalgunj 21 Jan 2024; Nepal Unites organized an Interaction Program with Religious Leaders on Peace, Harmony and Religious Tolerance in Nepalgunj, Banke, Lumbini Province where the Religious Leaders were invited from Hindu, Islam and Buddhism Faith.

Hindu Religious Leader, Mahanta Chandranath Yogi, head of Bageshwori Temple , said that all religions are human religions and everyone should maintain unity for peace. He said that there is a need for peace not only in religion but in all areas.

Similarly, Muslim Religious Leader Maulana Abdul Jabbar Manjari said that people should broaden their thinking to maintain peace. “Take a look at the people of all the communities in the world, everyone’s blood is red,” said Maulana Manjari, “that’s why it is necessary to change the mindset to build a peaceful society.” Because the youth power in the society can establish lasting peace if they want, one can do something to protect the rights of others.

Buddhist Religious Leader, Gunj Bahadur Lama said that since everyone’s religion is the same, one should respect each other. Lama said that the leaders of all religions should teach the youth to respect each other.

There were 30 participants from different faith, culture and gender. It has been emphasized in the interaction that all the concerned bodies of the society should have an active role for peace, harmony and religious tolerance. This event has been organized on the occasion of World Religion Day in collaboration with United Religions Initiative, Nepal Youth Council, Genteel Society Nepal and Sahayatri Nepal.

शान्ति, सदभाव तथा धार्मिक सहिष्णुताको लागि धर्मगुरुहरुसँग अन्तरक्रिया

शान्ति, सदभावका लागि सबैको सक्रियता आवश्यक : धर्मगुरु

शान्ति, सदभाव तथा धार्मिक सहिष्णुताको लागि युवाहरु सक्रिय हुनुपर्नेमा जोड

सचेतनाको लागि माईकिङ्ग गर्दै सहयात्री नेपाल र नेपाल युनाइटस्

सचेतनाको लागि माईकिङ्ग गर्दै सहयात्री नेपाल र नेपाल युनाईटस

Community Visioning Summit in Rajbiraj

On November 4, 2023/Rajbiraj: Community Visioning Summit is organized by Nepal Unites in collaboration with The Goldin Institute in Rajbiraj-1, Saptari, Madhesh Province.

During the opening time, started with the interfaith prayers led by Islamic Scholar Mohammad Afaroj Alam and Santosh Kumar Yadav led the Hindu prayer. Mohammad Ayatulla Rahaman led the session on Community conversation and community asset map then made the 4 groups for the group work on Social Issues and drawing the Community Asset Map.

All the groups, they presented with all and one of participant Indra Kumari Yadav shared about a story which is happening in the community is Dowry System and Child Marriage. These issues are burning in the community. Due to child marriage, there are lots of women are suffering from reproductive health issues, women violence, pressure of work load, Indra said.

Mr. Santosh Kumar Yadav appreciated the opportunity to organize this type of activities in the ground community which is a best platform to learn and share everyone’s own feelings and experiences.

The participants shared about the community and also discussed how we can build on them to achieve even bigger goals, finding issues and solutions with the community asset map.

20 participants were invited in this summit from different faith, backgrounds and age groups where 12 participants were female and among the 8 male participants two child participants were male.

The participants discussed on the top five social issues, pointed out the way for solutions, Community Asset Map, and Nonviolent Communication (NVC).

A Reflection on the Interfaith Youth Peacebuilding

 My Piece of Peace

A Reflection on the Interfaith Youth Peacebuilding Activities
from India, Thailand and Indonesia Assemblies 

It was such a great privilege and honor to be part of the Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF) of the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs’ ‘Program Committee. I was invited to this year’s two great events: the APAY Assembly in Chennai, India, and the Peace Conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Both programs were motivated by the passion to seek to contribute to the efforts of peacebuilding in the region of Asia, particularly in conflicted areas.

 A great conversation on the Global Unites Movement with a General Secretary of World YMCA Mr. Sanvee Madjri Carlos

 The Asia Pacific  Alliance of YMCAs (APAY) 5th Youth Assembly was held at the YMCA International Youth Center on September 13-15, 2023. This was followed by the 21st General Assembly of the APAY that took place from September 15 September 20 at the Hyatt Regency in Chennai India. The theme of the assembly was “Journeying Together as a Resilient Community: Transforming Lives Through Vision 2030.” The 21st General Assembly of the APAY offers a perfect atmosphere for insightful discussions on integrating and enacting Vision 2030 across different grassroots communities in the Asia Pacific region through our actions to bring the vision to existence. I thought of how important it is for youth leadership roles, for young people who are committed to confronting these global issues collectively. The youth assembly offers youths an environment for fostering dialogue, as well as chances to promote solidarity among young people from various ethnic and social backgrounds.

Group Photo in the 5th Youth Assembly in Chennai India.

From India, some of the youth participants proceeded to Chiang Mai, Thailand for the Peace Conference which was held on Sept. 27-30, 2023 at the YMCA International Hotel in Chiang Mai. The theme of the Peace Conference was “Towards an Empowered Asian Interfaith Youth Network for Peacebuilding.”  ICF invited each ICF alumni country organization to set up a booth to showcase their initiatives and projects. My organization, the Nepal Unites Team put up our booth where peacebuilders from other countries came to explore how we are working peacebuilding activities and I also learned from their presented engagements. Since the majority of the participants were ICF alumni, we discussed issues that threaten Asia’s peace and harmony.  As leader of the youth movement, I learned how to elevate our advocacy and work while collaborating with other organizations to promote peace at the national and regional levels. The youths in both the India assembly and Thailand Peace conference events released a collective statement respectively outlining their vision for Asia’s transformation of conflict and promotion of peace.

Nepal Unites Team put up our booth in the Peace Conference Chiang Mai, Thailand.

While I was in Chiang Mai, Thailand, attending the Peace Conference organized by the Interfaith Cooperation Forum and Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs, I received an invitation letter from the Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN). AMAN invited me to be one of the speakers during the International Conference and Assembly that was to be held in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. The International Conference and AMAN Assembly was held last October 14-17, 2023 at the Ali Hasyimi Auditorium, UIN Ar- Raniry, Banda Aceh Indonesia on the theme “Religious Inclusion and Peacebuilding in the World: The Perspectives of Muslims.” Around 400 delegates from 21 different countries are in attendance. Comparing it with the previous assemblies, there were more women representatives this year.  The four-day agenda addressed religious inclusion as a significant global task for all communities. I was one of the speakers on the topic “Reinventing Nonviolent Civil Resistance: Youth Peace Movement and Technology”. The two nonviolent civil rights activists Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were also mentioned, along with how they were able to advance civil rights without engaging in any violent actions. In my presentation I spoke on the power of nonviolence, how it coexists with violent and nonviolent protest in the context of Nepal, the use of technology in advancing peacebuilding. I also highlight the contribution of the Global Unites as a Youth Peace Movement and how it is working for peace and reconciliation.

Mohammad Ayatulla Rahaman presented the Global Unites as a Youth Peace Movements during the International Conference and AMAN Assembly 2023 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.
What was highlighted in all these conferences and assemblies I have attended from India, Thailand, and Indonesia is a teaching of respect and non-discrimination of people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, and religion. Norms such as respect, appreciation, and solidarity among different cultures and religions can contribute to a more peaceful world, and assisting one another in times of need can strengthen ties within communities. Building peace is like picking up small pieces of things that we build collectively to make it whole.

The delegates of the 2023 International Conference and AMAN Assembly at Banda Aceh, Indonesia.


Mohammad Ayatulla Rahaman
National Director
Nepal Unites

School’s Students Concerned Against Child Labour

On June 12, 2023/ Kathmandu: Nepal Unites  organized poetry competition on the occasion of World Day Against Child Labour in the Nepal Yubak Secondary School, Paknajol, Kathmandu.

The students from grade 6 to 10 were invited to participate in the poetry competition. There were 4 students from each grade.

There were 20 competitor students in which 10 were male and 10 were female students.

In the poetry competition the theme was ‘Social Justice for All. End Child Labour!’

The students have mentioned in their poem about child exploitation, child rights, street child, child labor.

Winners in the Poetry Competition:

→Bijay Mani Luitel -1st -Grade 10
→Kusum Humagain-2nd- Grade 8
→Aliza Chaulagain-3rd- Grade 10
→Manoj Thapa- 4th- Grade 10
→Prince Adhikari -4th- Grade 6
→Karishma Kapri-4th- Grade 9

At the end of the program National Director of Nepal Unites Mr. Mohammad Ayatulla Rahaman expressed his thoughts on the students’ poems that were not simple words. There are words included in everyone’s poem which open the sense of every person.
And Rahaman appreciated all the school’s staff, evaluation team and the students for making the program meaningful and fruitful.

Orientation Program on Cyber Crime

On May 23, 2023: Nepal Unites organized an Orientation Program on Cyber Crime in Madhuwan Municipality, Bardiya, Lumbini Province. The School Management Committee Members and the School’s Teachers have been invited in the orientation program.

There have been discussions on Cyber Crime, Cyber Criminal, Cyber bullying, Cyber Security, Cyber Law, and Types of Cyber Crimes in the orientation program.

A student Sarita Thapa, she is reading in grade 8 and Thapa shared her thoughts after the orientation that should be aware during the using of social media such as Facebook, or some others apps otherwise cyber bulling or cyber sexual abuse might happen in our life, and she is willing to share her learning with her friends.

A One-Day Free Health Camp Conducted

On April 27, 2023, Rajbiraj: A one-day free health camp was conducted at Chanaura village in Rajbiraj, Saptari, Madhesh Province which is located in the eastern part of Nepal. Marginalized people have taken benefit from the health camp organized by  Nepal Unites in collaboration with the Fatima Medical Hall Rajbiraj.

There were 6 children, 10 men and 36 women who benefited in the health camp.

The Health camp was organized with the aim of providing free health services, general health checkups to community people who are living under the lack of health awareness.

ICF Welcomes 14 Participants for the School of Peace 2023 in Nepal

“The School of Peace aims at building a community of youths who will be enabled to commit themselves to promote peace and harmony in their respective communities.”

After a week of zoom classes and self-learning, the Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF), together with its collaborator, the Nepal Unites, was happy to welcome the School of Peace (SoP) participants at Bhaktapur Guesthouse in Bhaktapur, Nepal on Monday the 30th of January. Fourteen participants from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam arrived to spend the next 50 days together. The following day, the in-person SoP officially began with an Opening Ritual, including words of welcome from the owner of Bhaktapur Guesthouse, where the group will reside until the 25th of February. On the 25th the group will embark to experience a community immersion and move to the second venue at Ratna Giri Resort on March 1, where they will stay until the end of the in-person program on March 20th.


The participants learned about and discussed a range of different topics. In the beginning, the participants went through exercises in learning more about themselves, who are they, what they value, what makes them who they are, etc. This was done through the sharing of “Life Stories” that ICF Staff Baidido Saganding facilitated. It is important for the participants, as young peacebuilders, to know who they are and what they stand for before learning about others.

An important aspect of the SoP is the exploration of the major Asian religions and indigenous spirituality. Some religions and spiritualities were not familiar to some participants and they learned about these for the first time. Other religions or spiritualities were more familiar, especially to the participants who are adherents of such religions and spiritualities. But even then, their understanding of these religions was deepened. The different religions and spiritualities were covered either by in-house speakers like ICF Coordinator Muriel Orevillo-Montenegro on Judeo-Christian traditions or by visiting places of worship such as the White Monastery for a Dhamma talk. Beyond Judaism, Christianity, and Buddhism, the participants also got the chance to learn more about Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Baha’i Faith, and Indigenous Spiritualties.


In addition to gaining knowledge about different religions and spiritualities, the SoP in Nepal already provided young peacebuilders with information on how to analyze a conflict and comprehend the peacebuilding frameworks from Galtung and Lederach. Furthermore, the SoP also focused on Human Rights, Children’s Rights, and Women’s Rights by exploring the UN Declarations and Conventions connected to these topics. A range of activities challenged the participants to recognize the situations in their countries and communities. Feminist theory and Ethics were introduced to provide the participants a lens for understanding the work for gender justice, the intersectionality of identities, including LGBTQI, and the connection of gender issues with the plunder of Mother Earth.

Another important issue that was discussed during the SoP was the Climate Crisis. Considering that all the participants come from countries that are highly affected by the consequences of climate change, this topic was much awaited by the participants.

SoP has four more weeks to go and there are many more topics to be covered and studied. ICF is looking forward to this upcoming time to spend learning together in Nepal.

Annika Denkmann
BftW Seconded Personnel



ICF Kicks off School of Peace 2023 Virtually

On Monday 23rd of January, ICF started the 1st School of Peace for the project cycle since the beginning of the pandemic. The SoP kicked off virtually with the 3-days of three-hour zoom sessions accompanied by a google classroom for self-learning. 14 participants from 9 different countries joined the SoP 2023. Due to some difficulties with connections, unfortunately, not all of them could fully attend the zoom meetings.

During the 1st zoom meeting, the participants got the chance to shortly introduce themselves and also get to know the ICF staff and the ICF Alumni in Nepal. These Alumni have formed the Nepal Unites, and they will assist during the in-person SoP in Nepal. The ICF Coordinator, Muriel Orevillo-Montenegro, introduced the origin of the YMCA, and its spread to Asia, leading to the formation of APAY. She also shared the beginnings of ICF and traced back its roots to the concepts formulated in Parapat, Indonesia in 2003. Afterwards, the participants shared their prepared country conflict and analysis. Due to weak internet connections, some presentations were saved for the in-person meeting in Nepal.

On the 2nd zoom, Tuesday the 24th of January, the ICF Staff Annika Denkmann, introduced Conflict & Conflict Analysis. The participants identified what is conflict, why it happens, and why conflict analysis is an important aspect of peacebuilding. Finally, different tools to analyze a conflict were discussed. The participants were given the assignment to be accomplished by the 1st of February, to be discussed in person in Nepal. During the 3rd and last zoom, ICF invited an external resource person. Cesar Villanueva who is the director of the Pax Christi Institute in Bacolod, Philippines. He is also a lecturer in Conflict Transformation and Peace Futures. He talked about the Peacebuilding Frameworks according to John Paul Lederach and Johan Galtung. He started his presentation by differentiating terminologies used among peace workers and went into the introduction of the peacebuilding frameworks. Being a student of Galtung, he focused on Galtung’s transcend model and introduced Lederach through a video in which Emma Leslie explains Lederach’s expanded Peace Framework.

After three days of zoom ICF and Nepal Unites are excited to welcome the participants in Nepal in-person on the 30th of January to dive into the 50-Day program.

Annika Denkmann
BftW Seconded Personnel


Nepal Unites organized a two-day workshop on Human Rights and Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

The Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF) funded Nepal Unites to hold a two-day workshop on Human Rights and Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in Old Baneshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal on November 29-30, 2022. Nepal Unites is one of the chapters of Global Unites, a youth organization with chapters in 13 countries.  The workshop facilitators are Mohammad Ayatulla Rahaman on Human Rights, Mohammad Jiyaul Rahaman, and Rajan Bhandari on Nonviolent Communications. They are currently the active leaders of the Nepal Unites team and they all are also ICF alumni, ICF is a project of the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs (APAY).

The opening session was led by Jeevan Bhandari who invited everyone to participate. The Nepali National Anthem was played following the introduction. Included in the opening ritual was the water poured on the flower pot by the ICF staff Dr. Muriel Orevillo-Montenegro, Ms. Baidido Manalasal Saganding and Ms. Annika Denkmann which symbolizes protecting the earth and the environment. The president of Nepal Unites, Mohammad Jiyaul Rahaman, gave a warm welcome to the participants and expressed gratitude for their participation in the movement.  Mohammad Ayatulla Rahaman, the national director of Nepal Unites, spoke about the Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF) working efforts in the Asian regions and he gave a brief introduction of Nepal Unites movement. Rajan Bhandari, the program coordinator of Nepal Unites, created a positive atmosphere by asking the participants to put down their expectations before dividing them into three groups and giving each group essential tasks to do during the workshop. Mr. Bhandari created a positive atmosphere by asking the participants to put down their expectations before dividing them into three groups and assigning important tasks to do during the workshop.

The session started with the topic of Human Rights which was facilitated by Mohammad Ayatulla Rahaman. He began by requesting the participants to write their thoughts on Human Rights. The video on the 30 articles of UDHR was shown to enhance understanding of the topic. Among the important points that were discussed were the definitions of HR, core values, characteristics, generation of HR, and the three dimensions of HR. The facilitator asked three participants—one from the PWD group, one from the LGBTQIA+ community, and one from the Musahar Community in Nepal—to share their personal experiences in the fight for their rights. The facilitator then divided the participants into four groups and asked each group to identify one human right concern specific to Nepal. The following topics were brought up for discussion:  Prevalence of Discrimination, Child Rights and Education, Death in Custody, Geographical Discrimination, and Collective Rights. The participants discussed how to resolve these problems through individual initiatives, social campaigns, public awareness campaigns, and the implementation of government policies in Nepal. This session was ended by requesting the participants to write their own slogan which was posted on Nepal Unites official social media account. Some of their statements are:

“Minorities and Indigenous communities deserve an equitable and just society free of discrimination.” – Sandeep Sada

“As I will be a future Engineer; I will not appoint any child as a labor to protect the child’s right.”
-Mahtab Alam Khan

“The unnoticed voice of one human is the ignorance of multitude alike.”- SunRose Maskey

“Humanity proves your identity as a human, not your biological appearance.” – Sujina Dhoju

The next session topic was about the Nonviolent Communication. Mohammad Jiyaul Rahaman started the session with the introduction of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and he also shared about the history and purpose of NVC by playing the short video. Rajan Bhandari shared the basic principle of NVC. The four key elements of NVC were deliberately introduced by both facilitators.

The two-day workshop had succeeded meaningfully. Everyone is engaged in meaningful and active participation. One participant Yamu B.C. commented that this type of workshop is needed everywhere, especially in the school and community. The feedback provided by the workshop participants was highly valued.

The workshop participants’ feedback was greatly acknowledged. After getting the information about Human Rights and Nonviolent Communication, a participant named Dipendra Basnet appreciated Nepal Unites for providing this platform to learn more on these topics saying that NVC is totally new topic and body of knowledge.

The workshop was attended by 7 females and 7 males and 2 participants from LGBTQIA+ groups who were selected from online applications.  The participants had been selected based on their responses to the application’s questions as well as their gender balance. Anubhuti Bhattarai, the communication coordinator of Nepal Unites, led the closing session. She thanked everyone for their meaningful and active involvement and expressed her hope to the participants that they would use what they had learned. The Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF) Team presented the participants with certificates of participation at the conclusion of the two-day workshop.

Muslim Women attended in the Personal Hygiene and Sanitation workshop

On 22 October 2022,  Nepal Unites organized a one-day workshop on “Personal Hygiene and Sanitation” with the ground-level community people in Rajbiraj-01, Sapatari, Madhesh Province which is in the eastern region of Nepal. A small grant was provided for this community engagement program by the Kowloon Union Church based in Hong Kong. Dumari Health Post In-charge, Mr. Amar Anand Yadav and C.ANM Ms. Rinku Mishra served as the main facilitators in this workshop. The facilitators led sessions on Personal and Menstrual Hygiene, and Food-Borne Infections, Diarrheal Diseases and other communicable diseases.

 A woman participant namely Sabnam Khatun appreciated the workshop’s organizer for holding an open conversation about personal hygiene, saying; “this really gave us a way to make a well-being life.”  Another woman, Apsara Khatun also shared her experience with Muslim women who previously felt uncomfortable discussing menstrual hygiene or any other aspect of personal health.  However, this type of workshop empowered the community’s women to speak out and be aware of everything, she said.

A featured guest in the workshop, Md. Doaman a local leader shared about self-care and encouraged everyone to put what they had learned to use in their daily life so that they may live a healthier life going forward, especially this time that dengue is spreading like a pandemic in Nepal. Given that mothers are their children’s first teachers, the community needs a program of this kind for women.   

There were 40 women and 5 men invited to this workshop from Dumari, Rahamatpur, and Chanaura villages.

Nepal Unites organized a two-day workshop on social media handling

On July 22–23, 2022, Nepal Unites, a chapter of Global Unites, a youth organization active in 13 countries, held a two-day workshop on social media handling. The present context has had a lot of detrimental effects on the use of social media, and many individuals have fallen victim to scammers, fraudsters, and other con artists. The team believed that the message should be delivered timely to reach out to young people to spread awareness with the message on how to use social media appropriately. The Nepal Unites thought that this was a need of the time. With the support of Global Unites, the main facilitator, Mr. Danu Innasithamby, ( a media personality based in Sri Lanka, was recommended.     

The two-day workshop was indeed a success. Everyone is welcome to attend the session and engage in meaningful and active participation. Anubhuti Bhattarai, a representative of Nepal Unites, oversaw participant registration on the first day of the workshop. The national anthem was played to kick off the event. In his introductory remarks, Mohammad Jiyaul Rahaman, the President of Nepal Unites, welcomed each and every participant. Mohammad Ayatulla Rahaman, the National Director, provided information on Nepal Unites and Global Unites, as well as how to get involved in the organization. He also highlighted how many countries the Unites movement is active in. Rajan Bhandari, the Nepal Unites Program Coordinator, introduced the facilitator, the guest visitors, and the participants.

The speakers and facilitators were highly engaging and provided information for the participants. As a representative of the Nepal Police, Central Cyber Bureau, Bhotahity, Kathmandu, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Pradin Tamrakar led discussions on cybercrime, cyber issues, cyber security, cyberbullying, current trends, and cyber legislation in Nepal. Mr. Danu provided instruction on how to utilize social media for local advocacy as well as to promote local customs, culture, and products on the global market. He demonstrates the power of social media in changing systems and mobilizing people even in the absence of funding. He also shared how the GOTAGOGAMA (GGG) campaign, which is the country’s largest brand, utilizes social media. He went into further detail throughout the discussion on the possibilities for peacebuilding and the new spaces that social media can help people connect, coordinate, and mobilize around peace. The presentation by Dr. Gopal Dhakal was important for understanding how social media impacts a person’s mental health. The Nepal Unites team also recognized Dr. Gopal Dhakal, a psychologist, for his invaluable commitment to community peace and well-being through the Mental Health Initiation in Nepal.

The workshop participants’ feedback was greatly acknowledged. After learning about the fraud email lottery and other cyber concerns, participant Jeevan Bhandari gave his thoughts. He also provided statistics on various social media users to raise awareness of this kind of problem. On social media, Nanu Maharjan also expressed how the lockdown’s flashbacks made her feel. According to Maharjan, many users had psychological issues as a result of their increased usage of social media, and there is lengthy material that is unattractive to the users. 

The workshop was attended by 10 females and 14 males who were selected from online applications.  The participants had been selected based on their responses to the questions on the application and also their geographical proximity. Mr. Sagar Panday a “Life Skills Coach” was invited as an observer in a two day workshop. At the end the participants received their successfully participation certificates from the main facilitator and observer.

विश्व शान्ति दिवसको अवसरमा डुडुवामा सरसफाई तथा दिप प्रज्वलन

विश्व शान्ति दिवसको अवसरमा डुडुवामा सरसफाई तथा दिप प्रज्वलन

International Day of Peace celebrated in Duduwa, Banke

21st September 2021, Duduwa(Banke) / International Day of Peace has been celebrated in Duduwa village of Banke which is located in Lumbini Province mid-western part of Nepal. On the occasion of International Day of Peace celebrated by ‘lightening the lamp’(Deep Prajwalan) and Panchmukhi Shiva Temple sanitation program jointly organized by Nepal Unites, Nepal Youth Council Lumbini, Genteel Society Nepal, and United Religions Initiative at Rapti Bridge in Duduwa rural municipality ward no. 4 of Banke District.

The chief guest of the program, ward Chairperson Bhandari Lal Yadav, expressed the need to peace in the world and the need to clean the environment because we all human beings are living on the earth to protect and find peace in nature said Bandari.

Gopal Prasad Sharma, in charge of the Area Police Office, Kamdi, said that peace of mind should be maintained first and all people have a responsibility to make and create an environment of sustainable peace. The program was chaired by Suryalal Yadav, President of Civilized Society Nepal, Banke, and conducted by Som Gurung, province Coordinator of Nepal Unites.

Sustainable Development Goal 16 aims to promote sustainable peace and bring access to justice for all, and to achieve that goal, the International Day of Peace is celebrated around the world on September 21. The program was attended by local people’s representatives, media persons, police, intellectuals, civil society, and social activists. At the end of this program, all people pray together for a better nation, peaceful world in the Shiv Temple and taking a group photo.

Blood donation program organized jointly by Nepal Unites and Nepal Red Cross

4th September 2021, Kathmandu / Nepal Unites team has done the Blood Donation Program on the occasion of the 59th Nepal Red Cross Day organized jointly by Nepal Unites and Nepal Red Cross Society at National Headquarters, Kalimati, Kathmandu.

Nepali film director Yadav Kumar Bhattarai inaugurated the blood donation program by donating blood. Blood is essential for the treatment and surgery of various diseases, accidents, and childbirth. In order to reduce the shortage of blood to some extent, it is now necessary for everyone to donate blood from their own area.

“Blood is not available anywhere due to lack of blood and since it is made in our human body, it is very important for us to donate blood,” Yadav said. Yadav also argued that blood donation is essential to prevent premature loss of life due to lack of blood. Therefore, he says that there will be no effect or weakness in donating blood. According to the organizers, 13 pints of blood were collected in the blood donation program.

Nepal Unites Organized a Free Face Masks Campaign

Aug 14, 2021, Rajbiraj: The volunteer members of Nepal Unites distributed the facemasks in Rajbiraj, province no. 2 in the eastern part of Nepal. The facemask campaign included a small rally with participants holding placards with the message: “live and let live,” “stay safe and stay healthy,” “use a face mask, maintain physical distance.”

Santosh Yadav led the campaign and called on the public to wear  the facemask and take the act as an obligation. “Some people wear face masks on the chin, some put it in their pocket, and ignore wearing the face mask to wear. A lot of people remove the face mask to talk when they meet with acquaintances,” said Yadav.

For this reason, such behavior does not protect people from the transmission of the virus and jeopardizes lives instead. If people would not be alert at this time, the third wave of COVID-19 would seriously affect us. Nepal Unites put across the message of the importance of wearing facemasks properly and the seriousness of the COVID- 19 during the campaign. A volunteer of Nepal Unites, Mohammad Kamaruddin, said that the fledgling organization had distributed more than a thousand facemasks during this campaign.

Nepal Police Sub-Inspector, Nagendra Chaudhary, said that there is a need for public awareness programs from time to time. Nepal Unites also distributed hand sanitizers to the police and traffic police working in the front line.