GHRD, along with its partners, organised an event on Sunday 8th March to mark International Women’s Day 2020 in Nepal.
International Women’s Day is commemorated every 8th March to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It also highlights ongoing gender inequality and calls for further change. Unfortunately, Nepal still faces huge issues in regards to the fair treatment of women. We continue to fight for these issues to be addressed and real change to be implemented.
The day consisted of an interactive program with five speakers including Ms Punam Kumari Kushwaha and Ms Khushbu Kumari Saraff who are both social activists in the region. The programme was led by GHRD representative for Nepal, Mr Abhishek Tiwari, and was attended by approximately 80 local women.
During the event, the speakers emphasised that around half of women in Nepal experience domestic violence at some point in their life and are frequently resigned to work which reinforces traditional gender stereotypes. Women in Nepal are normally paid approximately 50% to 60% less than their male counterparts even though they may be equally experiences and productive.
There is a higher illiteracy rate amongst women in Nepal and educational and leadership opportunities are restricted.
All across Nepal, women are taking the opportunity to protest at various rallies and attend events like this. GHRD continues to support these women in their fight, pressing the government for change. Together, we can achieve equality for all.
I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights
The theme of International Women’s Day this year is: I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights. The theme is aligned with the UN Women’s new multigenerational campaign, Generation Equality, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most progressive roadmap for the empowerment of women and girls, everywhere.
International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on 8th March with the first occurring well over a century ago in 1911.
No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for the day. It belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity.
The emerging global consensus is that despite some progress, real change has been agonizingly slow for the majority of women and girls in the world. Today, not a single country can claim to have achieved gender equality. Multiple obstacles remain unchanged in law and in culture. Women and girls continue to be undervalued; restricted in their choices, earning less than their male counterparts and often experience multiple forms of violence at home and in public spaces.
The year 2020 represents an unmissable opportunity to mobilise global action to achieve gender equality and human rights of all women and girls.