Prativa Khanal is the second Cora Weiss Peacebuilding Fellow at the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in law (LL.B) and is also in the final stage of her LL.M degree. Being a human rights lawyer from Nepal, she has six years of experience in human rights, criminal law, transitional justice, gender and peacebuilding.
Prativa has worked for Centro Cooperiozione Sviluppo Onlus (CCS-Italy Nepal), as a coordinator and advocate to further the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda by becoming a liaison between the institution and the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction and the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare. She has also facilitated training on institutional building and organizational development between women’s groups and Nepalese authorities to respond to and prevent sexual and gender-based violence. She is actively involved in advocating and implementing UNSCRs 1325 and 1820 in conflict affected marginalized villages in Nepal. She believes that the justice system should focus both on the perpetrators and victims (especially women and children) and has continuously been working to balance these two approaches of the legal system.
Prativa’s passion for policy change has led her to conduct the mapping and analysis of existing legislations on gender equality and women empowerment to assess their compatibility with newly adopted Nepalese constitutional provisions. Based on her experience as a coordinator of Referral Service Centers which provide legal and psychosocial counseling services to conflict affected women, Prativa hopes to return to Nepal after the completion of her Cora Weiss Peacebuilding Fellowship to create a civil society organization that provides these victims with legal resources to bring perpetrators to justice. The experience in global advocacy and local implementation of women’s rights, gender equality and peace and security policies that she will gain as Cora Weiss Fellow will be invaluable in the realization of her vision.
Prativa Khanal’s term as Cora Weiss Fellow will be from July 2017 – June 2018.