International Women’s Day

8th March 2019 – International Women’s Day

Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) organized events on 8th March 2019 to highlight women’s rights in South Asia.

Nepal 

Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) has successfully conducted a health camp at Sankhu on 8th march 2019. In Nepal, despite the law criminalizing Chhaupadi practices, traditional customs prevail in certain regions undermining women’s rights, equality and empowerment.

GHRD organized a health camp where doctors and medical students informed the local population and especially women of what are menstruation at the first place. The difficulty was to deal with the fears of the population but also with the importance of religious practices and believes in Nepal. It is important to raise awareness about mensuration and Chhaupadi to create an environment for change.

The event was a great success and a great experience for all the medical staff present, namely Dr. Rajiv Yadav, Sukomal Bhattarai, Rakshya, Sunikshya, Supriya, Muna, Rabina, Abisha, Anjali, Ashmita, Shilpy, Sadikshya. The only negative point for GHRD was the inability to provide free medicines to women, due to limited funds. GHRD will not stop here and will do more to protect women and religious minorities’ rights in the future.

Link to download the report of the event in Nepal: Report Nepal – International Women’s Day 2019

 

Sri Lanka 

On the 8th March 2019, GHRD held an event for the International Women’s Day in Gampaha to highlight women’s rights in Sri Lanka.

GHRD raised awareness of the participants to the abuses and human rights violations faced by women around the world, but especially in Sri Lanka. It is important to mention that the number of incidents on sexual harassment has reported an important increase, with the influx of youth to the district due to its population on tuition classes, to which, efforts such as awareness raising on best practices with regard to sexual harassment in public transportation would provide productive solutions.

The session held at Lumbini Kanishta Vidyalaya in Gampaha, organized by GHRD was a successful initiative, which saw the eager participation of students of Grades 9, 10 and 11, and their teachers. It was evident that the knowledge shared and awareness raised were much needed, which will surely be utilized by the participants for the well-being of themselves as well as their peers, in the future.

 

Link to download the report of the event in Sri Lanka: Report Sri Lanka – International Women’s Day 2019

 

Bangladesh 

On the 8th March 2019, GHRD held an event for the International Women’s Day to raise awareness of undermined women’s rights in Bangladesh.

GHRD highlighted the attention of the participants to the abuses and human rights violations faced by women in Bangladesh.

 

 

Pakistan

On the 8th March 2019, in light with International Women’s Day, GHRD organized an event to highlight women and minorities’ rights in Pakistan. The percentage of religious minorities in Pakistan has reduced from 23% in 1947 to 3.7% of the total population in 2017. The gross reduction of religious minorities can be attributed to serious human rights violations such as abduction, rape and forced conversions. If the current situation continues, religious minorities could be completely wiped out in Pakistan over the next 10 years.

Liberty, social security, education, employment, politics, health and consensual marriage are among the many basic fundamental rights which are not ensured for the Pakistani women. The violence and inequality against women is deeply rooted in Pakistan’s history which is often used as reason to justify the current injustice as being part of ‘tradition and customs’. The event highlighted the importance of human rights, education, freedom of religion, gender equality. Women had shared their stories and personal experiences of their human rights violation in Pakistan. Interactive discussions also enable the participants to pose questions and learn more about the issue at hand.

For GHRD, the aim of the event was to educate the public and raise awareness about the deplorable situation of human rights in Pakistan while condemning the persecution of women belonging to religious minorities.

Link to download the report of the event in Pakistan: Report Pakistan – International Women’s Day 2019

 

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