Sharing experiences from Northern Ireland through film: Nepal screening of Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs and panel discussion 

On the 3rd January 2019, Dr Heidi Riley, in collaboration with Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative, hosted a screening of the documentary film Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs that tells the story of the formation and political journey of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition. The screening and post-screening panel discussion was held in Kathmandu with distinguished women political leaders from Nepal’s two major political parties. The film screening and sharing of experiences from the Irish context provided a useful tool in stimulating discussion and debate on the changing political landscape for women entering into politics in post-conflict Nepal and the challenges that women continue to face in accessing political positions, both at the local and national level and despite the adoption of quotas in the new constitution of 2015. The event was organized in relation to Heidi’s on going research on the changing dynamics of women’s political inclusion in post-conflict Nepal. The panel included, prominent politician Ms Pampha Bhusal, one of the few women to have been involved in the Nepalese peace talks, Ms Onsari Gharti Magar, current member of parliament and former speaker of the house, and Dina Upadhyay, central committee member of Nepal Congress.