"Social justice and equality"

Dalits have limited representation in state and civil societies decision making forums. However, resulting from adoption of the proportional representation as system in Constitutional Assembly election, representation of Dalit and Dalit women is significant in Constitutional Assembly. The percentage of Dalit Constitutional Assembly members is just 8.15 % of total Constitutional Assembly members.

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Awareness Centre for Equality Nepal (ACE-Nepal) is a national level non-governmental organization formally registered on November 05, 2004 (B.S.2061-7-20) situated at Lagankhel, Lalitpur. It has its nine district chapters in the country. In order to protect and promote the human rights of deprived Dalit and marginalized community who are being exploited by caste based discrimination and untouchability prevalent in Nepalese society. Since the establishment of this organization, it has been focusing its activities for the abolishment of caste based discrimination and untouchability, promotion and protection of Dalit rights, justice and equality based harmonious and prosperous Nepalese society. This organization has been emphasizing on the meaningful participation and access of Dalit in decision making level from local to national level for the improvement of socio economic condition, protection and promotion of civil and political rights.

Furthermore, this organization will focus its programs on Dalit human rights, education, economic empowerment, health and sanitation, food security, advocacy, organization development for the welfare of Dalit community.

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Dalits, who are regarded as the “untouchables” within Nepal’s caste system, comprise 20 percent of Nepal’s population and 80 percent of the people living in extreme poverty.

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Dalits, who are regarded as the “untouchables” within Nepal’s caste system, comprise 20 percent of Nepal’s population and 80 percent of the people living in extreme poverty. Although caste based discrimination and untouchability has been officially outlawed under the 1990s and the Interim Constitution 2007 by Nepal's government, the Dalit community continues to be discriminated against through being socially condemned, educationally disadvantaged, economically exploited and politically neglected. Dalits remain one of the most marginalized communities in the country, have very little access to resources, low levels of political participation, and are under-represented in government and political positions. Dalits rank at the bottom of the composite empowerment and inclusion index i.e. 0.21 against 0.34 of the average national index. In total number of Nepalese people per capita income is Rs. 20,689 while per capita income of Dalits is Rs. 13,340 only. The literacy rate of Dalit is 38.3% compared to a national literacy rate of 53.7% and life

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Dalits, who are regarded as the “untouchables” within Nepal’s caste system, comprise 20 percent of Nepal’s population and 80 percent of the people living

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Board Members

Gopal Sunar

President

Bhim Bahadur B.K.

Vice President

Naresh Sob

General Secretary

Durga Pariyar

Treasurer

Kumal Nepali

Secretary

Ganga Mahara

Member

Sabitri Sonar

Member

Rita Rijal

Member

Binita Das

Member

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