Print Edition - 2015-03-08 | Nation
Ensure women’s rights to address VAW cases: Study
Mar 7, 2015-
Lack of proper monitoring system of service delivery and poor implementation of plans and programmes are prime factors preventing women survivors of domestic violence to come out and seek justice, according to a research report released on Friday.
Women Rehabilitation Centre (Worec) in collaboration with six other organisations drafted the report, highlighting the need of ensuring socio-economic rights of women as a prerequisite to minimise domestic violence against them. The research, which looked into 210 cases of women survivors of domestic violence and organised focus group discussions across the country, was funded by the Australian Embassy.
Speaking at a program organised in Kathmandu to launch the report, Australian Ambassador to Nepal Glenn White said women empowerment can be possible by creating economic opportunities for them. Around 2,200 cases of domestic violence were filed by police last year while this year the figure has risen to 6,837. The member of the National Human Rights Commission Mohna Ansari interpreted this statistic as “more people being aware of their rights.” “More people are coming out with their problems and it is a challenge for the state on how it deals with the matter,” Ansari said. Chairperson of Worec Renu Adhikari Rajbhandari stressed the need for changing social and family dynamics through awareness in favour of women’s issues. “The way society looks at women creates vulnerability and women therefore refuse to speak up,” she said. The report recommended strengthening the government agencies looking after domestic violence, maximum utilisation of gender-based violence elimination fund, fixing loopholes in the Domestic Violence Act, and establishment of one-stop crisis centres for victims of domestic violence.
Australian Government’s Human Rights Grant Scheme 2012-14 had provided financial support to Worec to conduct an assessment of the situation of the victims/survivors of domestic violence in Nepal using Domestic Violence Assessment tool.
Published: 08-03-2015 08:53