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Dignified life for Nepal’s freed bonded laborers

Although Nepal has officially ended Haliya slavery system, most of the freed Haliyas still face discrimination and have not realized full sense of freedom. Through an innovative mobile app, a new EU-funded project strives for a positive change in the lives of freed Haliyas.

Who are Haliyas?

The term Haliya refers to a person who is an agricultural bonded labourer in Nepal. Traditionally they have worked on another person’s land, in a slave-like conditions with little or no pay. The Haliya system has been particularly ripe in the farwestern parts of Nepal.

In 2008, the Haliya system was officially abolished by the Nepalese government. Yet, freed Haliyas are still commonly discriminated in the social structure and they are not able to enjoy participation in democratic processes.

The new 2015 Nepali constitution and recently implemented federal structure in the country  open a window of fruitful advocacy opportunities for freed Haliyas, as well as other discriminated groups.

6th of September is celebrated as the Freed Haliya Day in Nepal. Read a new blog regarding the day: Freed Haliya Day: Let´s build a day of freedom  

Two people walk on the village road carrying baskets on their head
Mimosa Hedberg/Felm

What is project ADHICAR?

Enhancing Dignified Life of freed Haliyas through Collective Advocacy and Human Rights Campaign for Democratic Political Participation in Nepal (ADHICAR) is a three-year project funded by the European Union.

In the project, four organizations – two European and two Nepali – are partnering up to contribute to the joint efforts to combat discrimination of various disadvantaged groups in Nepal – namely freed Haliyas, ex-bonded labour, including persons with disabilities and women.

The project aims to produce verified data about the economic, social and cultural rights situation of freed Haliyas, female Haliyas who face double burden of discrimination, and people with disabilities. This data will be gathered trough an innovative mobile app and published in Yearbook publications to highlight the findings.

The information gathered will be used to advocate for freed Haliyas’ rights and entitlements. In addition, the project aims to increase the political representation and participation of freed Haliyas. Our goal is to strengthen the voices of the civil society and empower freed Haliyas to do evidence-based advocacy to fight for a more inclusive and plural civil society.

The project builds on local ownership, and aligns with the objectives of local authorities, supporting and building the capacity of the local government structures. Main activities of the project will take place in the Far-West Sudurpashchim Pradesh province in Nepal, in five different districts, covering 15 rural municipalities.

District      Municipality
Dadeldhura district Amargadhi Municipality

Navduraga Rural Municipality

Parshuram Municipality

Baitadi district Dashrath Chand Municipality

Patan Municipality

Dogada Kedar R. Municipality                                                              Surnaya Rural Municipality

Doti district Jorayal Rural Municipality

Shikhar Municipality

Sail Rural Municipality

Bajhang district Jayaprithivi Municipality

Thalara Rural Municipality

Kanchanpur district Suklaphanta Municipality

Krishanpur Municipality

Bhimdatta Municipality

Partners and funding

The project is funded by the European Union through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). The project is implemented by a consortium of four organisations:

 

Contact:

Valtteri Tuppurainen, Director for Development Finance, +358 40 1860 355, valtteri.tuppurainen@suomenlahetysseura.fi

This website has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of the project partners and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.