by Sanjog Thakuri
Greetings from Nepal
Yesterday to mark International Women’s Day coordinating with various Youth organizations, Yuwalaya organized a Men’s March against Violence against Women and Girls. More than 100 men on Tuesday held a march in Lalitpur expressing their commitment against violence against women and girls. More than 15 youth organisations had joined hands to hold the Men’s March: Men against Violence against Women and Girls, on the occasion of the 106th International Women’s Day.
One of the participants was prominent human rights activist and former member of the National Human Rights Commission Gauri Pradhan. Pradhan addressed a corner assembly concluding the rally and said gender equality in the nation was impossible unless men realise their role for rights of women in their households, communities and workplaces. The rally had begun from Lagankhel and passed through Kumaripati, Jawalakhel, Pulchok and Mangalbazaar before converging into the assembly at the Patan Durbar Square.
More than 50 women had supported the event by joining the concluding assembly. Speaking at the event, member duo of the National Women Commission Urmila Devi Bishwokarma and Dhaneshwory Chaudhary said the Commission was ready to support organisations and men in general who express solidarity in combating violence against girls and women.
Youth poets Nawaraj Parajuli, Rupesh Bhattarai and Saurav Basyal had recited poets on violence against women and girls.
President of Yuwalaya, the organisation coordinating the event, Sanjog Thakuri said the men’s solidarity for gender equality was imperative to establish an equitable world as envisaged by the Sustainable Development Goals (2015-30).
Young Women welcomed all the men participants of the rally by giving them an orange colored balloon which symbolizes the commitment to ending gender-based violence. The team of volunteers also collected the Genius Ideas from the audiences and participants which we are documenting right now and will share with you soon.
Note: Men’s March is an initiative of Yuwalaya started in 2015 (first of it’s kind in Nepal) to generate an awareness on importance of Men’s role on ending gender based stereotype and violence.