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Bandana Rana (Nepal)

Bandana Rana (Nepal)
Steering Committee Member

Bandana Rana is one of the leaders of the women's movement in Nepal with more than 25 years of active engagement in promoting women's rights and gender equality. She has worked from the grassroots to the national and global level to address the concerns of survivors of violence, marginalized and destitute women and their empowerment. She believes in creating opportunities, saving lives and promoting peace for a just and equal society.

Ms. Rana is one of the founder and currently the executive chair of Saathi a pioneer NGO working on violence against women and girls in Nepal.  Ms Rana worked with Nepal Television as editor/anchor for twenty years. She founded Sancharika Samuha (Forum of Women in Media) and was its first elected president. She has profound experience in leading advocacy programs for women’s rights with focus on media interventions and enhancing participatory communication at all levels – community, national and regional. 

Ms. Rana has led many studies related to Gender Based Violence in the conflict and post conflict situation of Nepal She has been a passionate advocate for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 on Women Peace and Security. She was the lead consultant for the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction for developing the 1325 & 1820 National Action Plan in 2010/11 and is presently actively engaged in its localization, Implementation and monitoring.  She has conducted training programs on UNSCR 1325 NAP in Afghanistan, North East India and Iraq. She is also leading the coordination of a South Asia Women's Alliance for Peace and Security (SAWAPS).

Ms Rana has in the past served as Chairperson of Nepal's National Women’s Commission.  She was the first woman to serve in the board of directors of Radio Nepal and Press Council of Nepal. She has also worked as gender and communications consultant at different times with UNDP, UNCEF, FAO and UNIFEM now UN Women

She is a member of the UN Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group and Advisory Group for Women Peace and Security for UN ESCAP.