The Beyond Beijing Committee (BBC) is a human rights feminist network organization committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women’s human rights. It has grown from small seeds planted during the preparation for pre-Beijing conference in 1994 by the then women rights activists and professionals of Nepal.
The Fourth World Conference on Women (4th WCW) held from August 30th to September, 1995, in Beijing, People´s Republic of China, was begun with “ Look at the world through women’s eyes” and ended with„ take Beijing home with you“ slogans.
Soon after the conference the Mini Beijing National Conference was organized with over 800 participants from 71 districts in February 1997. BBC was born out of felt need of an organization to communicate local women voice on women’s rights with the national, regional and international communities and organization and vice-versa. It was also born to facilitate the implementation of Beijing Plat for Action (BPFA). It was registered at the District Administration Office in 1998 and affiliated with the Social Welfare Council (SWC) in 2001. It has a network of 200+ members throughout the country. BPFA and CEDAW are its major tools in action.
Established and Registered date:
CDO Registration No: 347
Registered Date: 2055/7/25
SWC Affiliation No 12119
SWC Affiliation Date : 2058/1/5
BBC’s work is to support government, international organizations, civil society organizations and local communities to implement BPFA, National Plan of Action, CEDAW and other International conventions related with women’s rights to achieve gender equality. We use a four-pronged approach to achieve gender equality, sustainable development and women’s rights:
Policy advocacy – influencing governments and other partners to review existing policies and adopt strategies to achieve greater and better participation of women in development.
Grass-root advocacy – building public awareness on rights of women so that people themselves take responsibility to work collectively to advocate the agenda.
Program development in partnership – developing and promoting models of development on BPFA’s 12 critical areas of concerns through, research, education, training and partnership.
Network and alliances – building alliances and network at local, national, regional and international level to advance agendas in pursuit of human rights for all.
The Committee provides a platform to voice and mainstream rural and marginalized voice at the local, national and international levels. It support to effectively implement international instruments such as BPFA, CEDAW, ICPD at the national level through a diverse array of activities and programs at grassroots, national, and international level in partnership with local regional and international partners. It has been advocating for the women’s rights regionally with South Asia Women’s Watch and internationally with Asia Pacific Women’s Watch.
BBC is a network organization whose members include individuals and women led organizations working for gender equality, sustainable development and women’s human rights.
Our organization structure comprises regional focal organization at the regional level and a Secretariat in Kathmandu Metropolitan City. Our governance structure comprises a 9-member Executive Committee and General Assembly.
The Executive Committee of BBC comprises of a Chairperson, Vice chairperson, General Secretary, Secretary, Treasurer and members.
Our Programs and campaigns
BBC has launched the following:
The committee organized five regional, one national consultation in 1999 in preparation for theBeijing +5 processes.
South Asia B+5 mid Decade Meet
The committee organized two regional and national consultations for integration of national issues into South Asia, Asia Pacific and BPFA UN outcome document.
The committee organized national and regional consultations in 2004 for integration of national issues into South Asia, Asia Pacific and BPFA UN. BBC led a group of 50 Nepali delegates to participate in Asia–Pacific NGO Symposium B+5, Bangkok, September, 2004.
ICPD +10 National consultations
National consultations were organized on March 2004.
The committee organized consultations in 2009 for integration of national issues into South Asia, Asia Pacific and BPFA UN. BBC organized and led a group of 50 Nepali delegates to participate in Asia–Pacific NGO Symposium B+5, Bangkok, September 1999.
Organized regional consultations and the activity focused on Uterine Prolapsed conducted in partnership with ARROW.
BBC has been working in the national CEDAW monitoring process. It has produced anAlternative Advocacy Report on Government’s 2nd and 3rd periodic CEDAW report andCEDAW Shadow Report, 2011 on Governments 4th and 5th periodic reports.
Published biography of Political Women Heroes
BBC researched and produced short biography of 1016 women in four volumes from all political parties from all over the country.
Her stories in Documentaries
For the first time in Nepal’s Political History, 10 documentaries were made that highlighted the deeds for democracy by prominent political women leaders of major political parties of Nepal.
For enabling network members, TOT manuals on BPFA were produced.
Girl Child National Consultations
BBC organized Girl Child National Consultation for the first time in the country’s history in September, 2007and then 2nd Girl Child National Consultation in 2010.
TOT on Women’s Rights
BBC has produced trainers all over Nepal on CEDAW, BPFA and MDGs by organizing trainings at national, regional and district levels.
Implementation of WHRAP
In partnership with ARROW, BBC has been advocating on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) nationally and regionally since 2003. It has been implementing Women Health Rights Advocacy Partnership in three districts- Lalitpur, Makawanpur and Morang.
Training on Women Leaders
In partnership with Born –Global, Women leaders from different sectors were trained in feminist leadership.
We have been working in partnership with different organizations such as DFID, MS Nepal, Action Aid, Plan Nepal, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNIFEM, Save the Children, Born Global, German Embassy, and many others.
Danish Family Planning Association (DFPA) is the international and Asia Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) is the regional partner for Women’s Health and Rights advocacy.
Continue advocacy on BPFA and Human Rights of Women for effective implementation and monitor policies and programs.Lunch campaign to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and sexual and reproductive health and rights in particular
Work with allies on Universal Periodic Report preparation laws
Work on strengthening capacity of women political leaders for meaningful participation in constitution making and future restructuring of the state.
Further expand and strengthen capacity of network members throughout the country to implement and monitor BPFA as a part of Beyond Beijing Campaign.
Ensure protection and promotion of SRHR through effective advocacy measures.
Strengthen and initiate activities on violence against women.
Promote gender equality and empowerment of women and girls