16-day campaign Against Gender-based Violence Completed

  December 14, 2020

An interaction program on caste discrimination and its impact on women due to COVID-19 was organized by the Ministry of Social Development, Gandaki Province, and Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC).

Prem Bahadur Bhattarai, president of the NGO Federation Lamjung, presented a working paper at the program, which was conducted in the presence of various stakeholders of the district under the 16-day campaign against gender-based violence.

Chief District Officer Krishna Prasad Sharma said that according to Nepal’s statistics, 80 percent of women are victims of gender based violence.

He suggested that the local government should work effectively to reduce gender based violence.

He said that awareness-raising interaction programs, ideas, seminars and meetings would further help in reducing gender based violence.

Expressing the view that ending untouchability and discrimination on one’s own can bring change in the society, he said that such things would spread negativity in the society.

Similarly, Inspector Ganga Bahadur Thapa of the District Police Office said that the police administration would always be vigilant to prevent gender based violence.

He said that the police administration was more sensitive on the issue of gender-based violence against women.

According to the district statistics, 90 percent of the victims were women and 60 percent of them were Dalit women.

Stakeholders present at the event have stated that COVID-19 has been involved in violence against women.

Representatives of government offices in the district, civil society, human rights activists, police administration, media personnel and others were present in the program.

Kisan Sangeet Nepali, the current central member of the Federation of Nepali Journalists, commented on the working paper presented by Bhattarai, president of the NGO Federation Lamjung.

The program was chaired by Kamala KC, a women’s rights activist and media person.

 Dal Bahadur Majakoti