Launching of 16 Days Campaign Against Gender Violence

“Hope is the strongest driving force for a people. Hope which brings about change, which produces new realities, is what opens man’s road to freedom. Once hope has taken hold, courage must unite with wisdom. That is the only way of avoiding violence, the only way of maintaining the calm one needs to respond peacefully to offenses.”  Oscar Arias Sanchez.

Women organization and activists around the world have been celebrating November 25th as an International day to end Violence against Women. In 1981, Feminists from Latin America and the Caribbean first chose November 25th to commemorate the violent assassination of the Mirabel sisters (Patria, Minerwa and Maria Teresa), in 1960 by the Dictatorship of Rafel Trujillo in the Dominican Republic for their resistance to dictatorship. To denounce such gender based violence from domestic battering to rape and sexual harassment to state violence including torture, abuse of female political prisoners and violent assassination of activist; women all around the world continued to commemorate November 25th as the day against Gender Based Violence. Later on in 1999, UN officially recognized November 25th as a Day of Elimination of all Forms of Violence Against Women.

In order to build awareness about gender-based violence and facilitate networking among women activists around the world, 16 Days Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign was initiated in 1991. Women Activists chose symbolically 16 Days; linking November 25th (International Day Against Violence Against Women) and December 10th (International Human Rights Day) to refer and assert that “Women’s Rights are Human Rights”. 16 Days Activism is a platform being used by women activist from around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women and advocate for women’s right to live in equality.

This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates that includes:

29 November – International Human Rights Defenders Day

1 December – World AIDS Day

3 December – International Day of Disability

5December – International Volunteer Day

6 December- Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre and

10 December – Human Rights Day. 

The 16 Days Campaign is being used as an organizing strategy by individual and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women.

Explanation

After a decade long conflict Nepal is undergoing a transitional period. People’s mindset and behavior is becoming more aggressive and violent. They believe that their voices will be heard if they use force to express group’s stand and claim. In crimes like murder, rape, domestic violence and intimidation small arms are used widely. This criminal trend and practice is quite rampant throughout the country.

Violence against women is a manifestation of unequal power relation between women and men. In current transitional phase violence against women is disturbingly increasing. Existing culture of silence has further fueled in gender based violence and promoted institutionalization of impunity. In such context, speeding up of 16 days campaign to eliminate violence against women is imperative in order to make stakeholders and duty bearers aware and strengthen the capacity of right holders to be able to claim their rights.

WEPCO in Campaign:

WEPCO is conducting different programs related to the Women support since its inception. This year in order to mark the “16 Days Campaign on Gender Violence” WEPCO has been launching series of Program in between 25th November to 10th December.

On the date of 25th November WEPCO Launch the Rally Program at the Lubhoo V.D.C in Coordination with the Students of “Jagriti Bal Club” from Lubhoo. The main motto of the program was to sensitize the local people about the Gender Violence.

The program started from the gate of “Mahalaxmi Higher Secondary School, Lubhoo” and then it goes all around the Lubhoo Village with the slogan and theme about the gender viiolence. The rally ended after one and half hour at the Buspark, where the Team of Nagarjuna Eco Club from Nagarjuna Academy displayed street drama on the same theme. Everyone enjoyed the drama. The drama was done by the more than 15 students and was very good for sensitizing the mass.

Finally, President of WEPCO Mrs. Bishnu Thakali thanked all the participant, Community, Students from the Jagriti Bal Club and Students from Nagarjuna Academy for making the program very successful. She also deliver a short speech about the current gender violence problem and its effective way to tackle them. The program ended at sharp 2:00P.M.

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