Kathmandu, March 8: International Women's Day is being observed across the country by organizing various events today.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli have extended best wishes to all the Nepali women at home and abroad for peace, prosperity, and happiness on the occasion of the International Women’s Day.
Delivering a message on this occasion, President Bhandari urged one and all to coordinate efforts to end all forms of violence against women (VAW) as well as subjugation and disparity.
She called for gender equality, empowerment and guarantee of women rights and human rights and wished the Day inspired all for coordinated efforts to ensure rights, equality and empowerment of women.
Furthermore, the Head of the State, in her message said, “In the wake of the constitution of Nepal guaranteeing rights of women and the government emphasizing women empowerment and gender equality bringing about some positive changes via strategic provisions and institutional management, Nepal could be an exemplary country for all women.”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Oli wished the Day inspired all to work for socioeconomic empowerment of the women to make headway to prosperity.
On this occasion, PM Oli reminded the role of those women who worked and sacrificed their lives to ensure the political, economic, social and cultural rights of women. The Nepali society has the time honored tradition to honor women.
There are however ill practices as Chhaupadi and dowry challenging the society, he said, urging everyone to end such ill practices to build a just and civilized society.
Celebrating the achievements Nepal has made on women's empowerment and rights, the PM lauded the growing participation of women in State mechanisms.
According to the PM, the national resolution of prosperous Nepal-happy Nepali won't be realized unless the meaningful change is brought to women's life.
The theme of this year International Women's Day is #BalanceforBetter.
Some of the events that are going to be held today and tomorrow:
1. Movie Night/Sunakali (6pm-8pm today) at HUB, Thamel
It is a story of a team of girls from rural Mugu District in Nepal, who train and participate in a women’s football match that enables hidden talents to be realized and girls to be recognized for their sporting prowess.
The film screening is open to the public and promoted by the EU, The WE United Project, and HUB.
2. The Trailblazers: An Exhibition Featuring Inspiring Women- Lalitpur Metropolitan Office Gardens (March 8 and 9)
A photo exhibition featuring photo stories of women from different walks of life, who have broken barriers and paved the way for future generations, be it through engaging in non-traditional fields of work, defying gender stereotypes, being a change maker in their community, or overcoming other social, economic or physical restrictions in their lives. The exhibition also features existing and curate content from British Council’s ‘Creating Heroines’ project.
3. Trave-Yeller (Hosted by Girls Empowered by Travel-Nepal) 11 am to 4 pm
“Trave-yeller” a new initiative to redefine travel. The raised amount will contribute to fund the Hitaishi-4 Project in 2019. Through this project, five rural girls from Jureli, Makwanpur district, will be visiting Kathmandu for a week-long Leadership Boot camp (who have never visited Kathmandu before). The project aims to develop skills and knowledge, and empowers girls to enhance their unique talents and abilities, through traveling in diverse community settings.
4. Celebration of International Women’s Day in Jitpurphedi (11am-2 pm today) hosted by VIN
In coordination with the Jitpurphedi cooperative, VIN is hosting an International and Cultural Program at Jitpurphedi.
First celebrated in 1911, the UN in 1977 proclaimed March 8 to be observed as the International Women’s Day. The theme for this year’s Day is: 'Think Equal, Build Smart and Innovate for Change'. (With inputs from RSS)