Gandaki province launches campaign against gender-based violence

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Muktinath

Nov 26, 2018-

The Federation of Community Forest Users’ of Nepal (FECOFUN) in Gandaki Province on Sunday launched a campaign against gender-based violence (GBV) from Muktinath Temple in Mustang.

Women, girls and sexual minorities face various sorts of physical, mental, sexual violence and harassment as gender-based discriminations are deeply embedded in Nepali society. The campaign aims to raise awareness on these social prejudices. The drives aims to control all sorts of violence and abuse against females and other minorities through combined efforts.

The inauguration of 16-day campaign kicked off under the theme ‘Gender-based violence and abuse: Not acceptable for us’. A large number of people including local representatives and pilgrims joined the event.

The campaign targets every district in the province. It will conclude with a 17-point declaration against GBV.

The campaign will advocate against all sorts of violence based on caste, ethnicity, religion, language, gender, age, political status and belief, geography, access or relations, physical appearance and marital status to ensure a respectable and dignified position for every member of the society.

FECOFUN Gandaki Province chief Kalidas Subedi stressed on the need to adopt no tolerance against sexual violence and encourage the community to transform itself into a gender-friendly, inclusive, equitable and just society.

The start of the campaign marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women-2018.

Federation central member Jamuna Thakali said the organisation works with various bodies, government offices and local leaders to launch the campaign against GBV.

Federation central member Bharati Pathak said this campaign starts in all provinces from today and it will conclude in Kathmandu on December 10, the International Human Rights Day.

She said women continue to suffer from violence and discrimination until they become economically independent. Accordingly, the Federation activities focus on empowering women through the means of community forests.

A group of pro-feminist men and boys had in 1991 organised the White Ribbon Campaign in Canada. They wore white ribbons to amplify the symbolic message that male are responsible for violence against women and it is their responsibility to oppose to violence against women and the Day marks the commemoration of the same event. The campaign followed the École Polytechnique Massacre in Montreal of female students in 1989.

Published: 26-11-2018 08:00

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