56th Paani Satsang
Nepal Water Conservation Foundation’s 56th Paani Satsang was held on May 13, 2019. The theme of this particular Pani Satsang was “Water Crisis from the Standpoint of Women’s Right” with the esteemed Dr. Kalyani Menon-Sen. Pani Satsang is part of our three year research project that focuses on water induced disaster, climate change and marginalised communities that include women, children, old-aged and the handicap. Due to heavy outflow of predominantly male population, whenever disaster strikes at home, the women of the household have an extreme amount of burden to look after the children, old-aged and handicap members of the household.
We were pleased to have Dr. Kalyani Menon-Sen for our 56th Paani Satsang. She is an advocate for women’s rights, a feminist researcher and a student of gender studies for the past 25 years, particularly the impacts of neoliberal economic policies on women. Dr. Kalyani’s solutions to the water issues through the feminist lens was of a radical revisioning of development. In this model of development, the invisible, such as “care economy” has to be visible, valuable and vital. It also echoes with the people living in the society where they have recognized and understood the value of the labor of women, dalit or the marginalized community. Furthermore, she spoke about “doughnut economics”. Doughnut economics is a new method of measuring development. Previously, we had been measuring development by GDP growth rate without taking into consideration the balance in the ecology and society. Just like the shape of a doughnut, if we don’t take care of the outer surface of ecological balance and the inner surface of societal balance, we will face a huge burden. Therefore, proper care should be given not only to the GDP growth rate but also the societal as well as ecological balance in order to create a sustainable and healthy society.
55th Paani Satsang held
Nepal Water Conservation Foundation’s flagship program Pani Satsang achieved its’ 55th milestone by organizing a Satsang program on River and Nature Conservation and how community cultures can be preserved from the haphazard development works carried out across rivers and forests on the date of on March 13, 2019 Wednesday at Future Stars Boarding School, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, Nepal. Participants representing civil society, media, academia, INGOs and development partners, and social and spiritual sectors interacted with the speaker Ms. Minket Lepcha.
Minket Lepcha, was the speaker as as well as story teller. Minket was born and brought up in Darjeeling, and has been working on various projects like documenting stories and folklore based on ethnic communities of Darjeeling and Sikkim. Along with Acoustic Traditional, an NGO based on documenting folklore and stories, she initiated exhibition and awareness programme based on the Relevance of Oral Stories in a new Millennium in schools and colleges of Gangtok, Darjeeling and New Delhi (Indian Habitat Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Ambedkar University).
54th Paani Satsang
EU-SA Dialogue on Water Resource management: Where can we find mutual areas of collaboration?
Dr. Martin Grabrow of Germany talked about how good practice in the field of water resource management in Europe can be replicated in South Asia. He talked about the material facts of the situation of water resource management in Europe, cross country cooperation and participation and ways to tackle any differences through consensus based dialogue. The program was organized at Hotel Himalaya, Lalitpur, Nepal on December 7, 2018 Friday.