Archive Events Nepal
In July and August 2007, a slew of activities were planned to raise awareness and consolidate the gains of the campaign. In Sindhupalchowk, Ramechap and Dolala, door to door campaigns were organised to tell people (through direct interaction with them) about the campaign. In these very districts, school wall magazines were used across schools to bring this issue within the ambit of student knowledge.
Music has a way of spreading the message of peace as it melts away barriers of language, culture and region. See how it is being used in Nepal. In Arghakhanchi, Nawalparsai and Sindhupalchowk districts of Nepal, songs in the form of the traditional Lok Dohri geet were used to talk of gender discrimination and violence. This form of traditional singing pits men and women against each other. Each group is faced with the task of retorting (in song) to the queries of one group.
Efforts have been consistent in Nepal to draw in as many youth to support the ‘We Can’ campaign and end all violence against women. In April and May 2006 campaign allies have been actively seeking the cooperation of students to tap their support and propel a large youth movement to end violence against women.
One hundred and fifty students attended a campaign familiarisation meeting in P K Multiple Campus on 3 April 2006. They were from the intermediate, under graduate and post graduate levels.
A rally by 'We Can' members protesting against violence against women, 25th Nov 2005, Sindhupalchowk district, Nepal.
We bring you excerpts of the essay that won the first prize at the essay competition organised by We Can allies on 9 December 2005. The chosen topic was “My role to promote gender equality and to end violence against women".
This essay was adjudged the best from 357 entries submitted by students of class nine and ten from Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts. Ten essays were chosen to be presented at a formal function.
In Nepal, on the day of the traditional festival Teej, married women dress vibrantly in new, bright red clothes and wear bindis (red dot on the forehead), sindoor (vermilion powder applied on forehead) and jingling bangles. They keep a fast for the whole day. The day is full of rejoicing; women sit on swings and sing songs that celebrate domestic harmony. Others break into a dance. They are even free to visit their parent’s home; a rare luxury for married women.
A mass gathering of people in the end of August 2005 at Hetauda in Nepal raised awareness on the issue of violence against women. Those who participated were politicians, army personnel, police, journalists, academicians, administrators, members of civil society and human rights’ activists.
People who had signed up as Change Makers attended in huge numbers. The highlights of the gathering: a mass rally; cultural programmes; and a scintillating play Vaikanya that generated an enthusiastic response from the audience.
- Campaign allies are collaborating with a premier driving school in Kathmandu on a car rally for women drivers. This high profile event (that will attended by eminent citizens of the society and a large number of people from the city) will publicise the campaign messages and the winners will be felicitated with mementoes from the ‘We Can’ campaign.