ASMITA 2008 and beyond
After the triumph of the People’s Movement II (April 2006), Nepal has entered a new phase in its history. The issues of restructuring the state and inclusive democracy have never been raised to such an extent before. Janajatis (ethnic groups), Dalits (oppressed castes), Madhesis (dwellers of the southern plain), Karnalibasis (inhabitants of western and far-western regions), women, and other minorities, all have become extremely assertive in their demands. However, it is not unusual because a small group has dominated them for centuries. The present context has provided a unique opportunity for women, as for other oppressed groups, to realize their long-lasting demand of social justice and equality.
ASMITA has already been active in advocating women’s issues/concerns in the changed context through various means of communication. Established by a nucleus of women activists in 1988, ASMITA Women’s Publishing House, Media and Resource Organization is a non-profit, non-political and non-governmental organization. It is committed to find new ways and directions for women’s empowerment and progress. Initially, the organization started its activism by the publication of the feminist magazine Asmita. After 1991, the organization broadened and diversified its activities. After 20 years of struggle, the organization has now been converted into a substantial pressure group.