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Introduction

Equip for Equality Nepal (EEN) is a disability-led non-profit, non-political, and non-religious organization headquartered in Kathmandu, Nepal.

By implementing innovative programs, EEN is building bridges to create a new era where persons with disabilities will take their rightful place in Nepalese community.

The certificate of organization registration has been issued to EEN by Government of Nepal, Ministry of Home Affairs, District Administration Office (Registration Number: 688), Kathmandu. Also, the certificate of affiliation has been issued to EEN by Social Welfare Council (Affiliation Number: 50549).  

EEN encourages new ways of thinking, inspiration, and education to advance the citizenship, inclusion, human rights and well-being of people with intellectual and other disabilities.

EEN has knowledge and extensive experience working on the rights of persons with intellectual disabilities and their families both at the local and international level. EEN has been actively involved in the legislative review process in the country and was a key player in developing of the CRPD alternative report including participating in the CRPD country review. 

Our Vision

EEN strives for a world of equality, where the inherent autonomy and dignity of PwDs is fully respected.

Our Mission

A just, accessible and inclusive community in which laws, policies and legal systems ensure dignity, full participation, equal rights, citizenship and potential without discrimination for PwDs.

Objectives

1. Drafting enforceable legislation on the rights of persons with disabilities to independent living to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights by people with all types of disabilities and to promote respect for their inherent dignity;

2. Exploring inclusive education and identifying the factors that prevent girls with disabilities from participating and learning in schools on an equal basis with their non-disabled peers;

3. Reforming existing legislation to challenge plenary and partial guardianship laws which disproportionately affect people perceived to have intellectual disabilities;

4. Developing laws prohibiting involuntary sterilization as involuntary sterilization of women with disabilities is contrary to international human rights standards.

Accomplishments

EEN is often a bridge above the gap of legislation and practice, advocating for disability rights, collecting data, providing informational services, and much more.

Our major accomplishments include:

1. Establishing the First Audio Library in Nepal
In 2006, we established an audio library with accessible technology for blind people the first ever, not only in Nepal, but also in South Asia. The library has helped blind Nepalis overcome educational barriers. We have recorded more than 25 thousand printed books so that blind people can compete with their able-bodied counterparts. As a result, almost 8,000 have secured their employment. Over 10,000 have completed their graduate level study and 45 have completed doctorates.

2. Making Landmark Jurisprudence
In 2012, we filed a lawsuit to the Nepalese Supreme Court to ensure an inclusive education that is available, accessible, appropriate and of good quality for almost 90,000 children with disabilities. The verdict made it mandatory for State to provide quality inclusive education for all.

3. Advocacy
In 2015, through advocacy and successful litigation of a series of landmark cases, we have done these works for almost 60,000 persons with mental health conditions:
a. combating involuntary sterilization of women;
b. allocating 5% of total national budget for their welfare;
c. guaranteeing right to employment and health in the Constitution.

4. Drafting the Disability Rights Act
In 2017, we led the team to draft the Disability Rights Act 2017. The Act, first-ever drafted as guided by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, aims to positively impact almost 600,000 PwDs in Nepal.

Current Priorities

• Access to Justice

• Legal Capacity

• Inclusive Education

• Discrimination in Law and Practice

• Independent Community Living

• Ensuring Political Participation of PwDs

• Ensuring Reasonable Accommodations for PwDs

Board of Directors

The boards of the Equip for Equality Nepal (EEN) guide the strategy, budgets and direction of our work.

The legal provision of EEN has reserved 33 percent female participation in its Board but currently 55 percent of total board members are female i.e. 5 out of 9 board members are female.

Board Members

S.NO.Full NamePosition
1.Usha SharmaChairperson
2.Sudip ChaliseVice- chairperson
3.Dev Datta JoshiSecretary General / Executive Director
4.Maya Rana MagarSecretary
5.Sabina Acharya PoudelTreasurer
6.Samir ThakurMember
7.Namita AcharyaMember
8.Ramila AdhikariMember
9.Surya Bahadur BKMember

Advisors

1. Professor Robert Dinerstein
(Acting Dean, Professor of Law, and Director of the Disability Rights Law Clinic at
American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC, USA)

2. Dr. Michael Bach
(Managing Director at the Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society
-IRIS, Toronto, ON, Canada)

3. Eric Rosenthal
(Founder and Executive Director of Disability Rights International
- DRI, Washington, DC, USA)

Our Team

  1. Dev Datta Joshi

Mr. Dev Datta Joshi is a leading expert in the area of disability rights, and has published extensively in the area. His particular areas of interest are inclusive education, legal capacity, access to justice, and de-institutionalization of persons with disabilities.

For over 15 years, he has been working with Equip for Equality Nepal in various capacities, including, Senior Disability Rights Lawyer, Disability- Inclusive Education Specialist, and Staff Attorney.

He currently serves as the executive director with Equip for Equality Nepal, where he leads a dynamic team of individuals responsible for the creation, development, implementation, and replication of innovative projects and programs throughout a nationwide network of affiliates that work to positively affect the education, employment, and quality of life of all Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).

In 2015, Mr. Joshi competed for and won a prestigious Open Society Foundations Fellowship at the Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society (IRIS) at York University in Toronto.   There, he worked on a research project to support the right to live in the community and the right to legal capacity, comparing legal and policy regimes in Canada and Nepal.  The project culminated in a set of recommendations for advancement of such rights systems in both countries.

While on the Humphrey Fellowship in 2018 in the United States, he studied inclusive education and disability law (especially mental disabilities law), the Americans with Disabilities Act, legal representation of clients with mental disabilities, the interaction between people with disability and criminal justice system, and the relationship between disability and international human rights.

Mr. Joshi has obtained five post-secondary degrees, including two post-graduate degrees, one of which is an LLM from the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the National University of Ireland (Galway). His LLM dissertation focused on inclusive education for children with disabilities, drawing on field research he undertook in rural and remote Far- western Nepal.

As a disability rights lawyer, he has conducted relevant work in favor of persons with disabilities, such as combating involuntary sterilization of women with disabilities, establishing the first audio library in Nepal for visually impaired students, and removing discriminatory terms from Nepalese legislation, especially those concerned with women with intellectual disabilities. In addition, Mr. Joshi has practiced law in Nepal, taking cases to the Nepalese Supreme Court and helping make landmark jurisprudence regarding disability rights.

  1. Nirmala Sharki (Project Coordinator)
  2. Bhanu Luhar (Project Assistant)
  3. Prem Singh Tharu (Program Officer)
  4. Ramesh Tamang (Finance Officer)
  5. Shanti Tamata (Legal / Media Officer, Part-time)
  6. Binita Pahari   (Legal Intern, Part-time)
  7. Kalpana Sah (Policy Officer)
  8. Ganesh Kathayat (Office Assistant)
  9. Bijay Dahal (Disability Rights Advisor, Part-time)
  10. Aayush Joshi (Computer Operator)

Our Funders

LUSH Charity Pot, UK

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LUSH Charity Pot, Australia

https://au.lush.com/tag/charity-pot

Annual Report

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