Deputy Member - International Labor Organization
Binda Pandey is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. She was the first member of the 1st Nepalese Constituent Assembly representing the Communist party of Nepal. She is the chairperson of the Fundamental Rights & Directive Principle Committee of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal.
Born in a rural farming family in Nuwakot, a hill district in Nepal, Binda Pandey had a long and remarkable journey. Growing up in very conservative surroundings, where women were not encouraged to pursue higher education, she charted her own path by going to school and by acquiring Master’s degrees in science and gender development from Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. She was also active in the students’ movement.
She took another unconventional step by joining the trade union movement rather than getting married or pursuing a more comfortable profession, at a time when the autocratic Panchayat system was in force. During the 1990 pro-democracy movement, Binda Pandey played a coordinating role, manning the communication center and taking responsibility for liaising between different parties.
She has been involved in Nepal’s trade union movement for the past many years as an activist and educator. She was the driving force behind most publications brought out by GEFONT, one of the largest confederations of Nepalese trade unions. Working in the trade union movement, she represented GEFONT in the Committee for Asian Women (CAW), a regional organization working for women workers in 13 Asian countries. Responsible for many women joining trade unions and fighting for their rights, she played an active role in the movement for the restoration of democracy in Nepal. In 1997, she was the secretary of CWWD and then took over additional responsibilities as a secretary of the Foreign Department and as a member of the Education Department of GEFONT. In the third congress of GEFONT in 2000, she was elected as the Chief of the Education department. Since 2004, she has served as a Deputy General Secretary of GEFONT.
During her tenure as a member of the National Women Commission (NWC) from 2002 to 2004, she concentrated on drafting NWC's bill, gender analysis of the constitution and preparing recommendation on gender perspectives. She was elected as a member of the Constitution Assembly through the proportional representation of the CPN (UML).
In 2011, Binda Pandey was elected as the Deputy Member of ILO Governing Body for three years and was re-elected for next tenure in 2014.