Violence against women and girls
Violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights. One in three women around the world experience violence in their lifetime, often in the hands of someone they know, trust and love.
Women and girls are under physical, mental and sexual violence. We can see many incidents around us and even hear of such violence in news bulletin. However, we are behaving as if we haven’t heard and seen anything. This is not a time to sit back and behave cowardly. Now is the time to say no violence against women and girls. Women’s and girls’ well-being is negatively affected due to violence. A woman is physically abused for many reasons, such as dowry, relationship issues between husband and wife and so on.
A woman undergoing daily physical abuses may suffer from grave injury -- broken hands or legs, head injury or scars of smoke in many body parts -- including death. These kinds of activities are against law and human rights. Everybody has right to live. Physical violence to women and girls shows the cowardice of males and boys. We have no option other than standing for rights of women and girls.
Additionally, following the physical violence, women and girls are also suffering from mental violence. Physical violence may impact immediately, however, mental violence may lead to long-term problems. Mental violence may result lead to psychological trauma, including anxiety and chronic depression. This may also impact on their confidence level. In today’s situation, many women and girls are suffering from sexual harassment. And in fact, they are harassed by the one they know and even sometimes from their blood-related family members. They are not secure in their homes too. We hear the news of bullying, harassing and even the cases of rape increasing by the day. It creates difficult situation for them in colleges, buses and everywhere. They are unable to face the society’s tantrums. They even lose the chance of fully participating in social activities.
Notwithstanding the physical, mental and sexual violence, many of the victims of violence have committed suicide till today and this action will not stop here unless we try to eliminate such violence. For this, we need to promote the need for changing norms and behavior of men. And not only this, but also make women and girls aware about violence and taking stand for themselves.
We take pride in Sagarmatha and also Bhagwan Buddha. We should introspect as to what has been “our” contribution in the making of both. The tallest mountain landmark is the outcome of tectonic push against the bigger landmass creating the upward drift that created the Himalaya. Prince Siddhartha, on the other hand, was born 2556 years ago or 23 centuries before Nepal got unified under Prithivi Narayan Shah. Siddhartha is believed to have attained enlightenment at the age of 35 or around six years after leaving Kapilvastu.
All this pointed that the election will be held with public support despite efforts by those against it. But all that changed after three people were killed in Rajbiraj after the police opened fire on Madhesi Front cadres who were ‘hurling petrol bombs’ toward the venue where UML Chairman KP Oli had just finished his short address.
Being a social worker in Nepal
Nepal, going through political transition, is in dire needs of right and professional practices of social work to take the country on sustainable path. Social work professionals, practitioners and educators facilitate and work within communities to highlight and create actions to enhance and/or to protect the environment in which the communities live.
Jai Kumar Sah
On behalf of Rabindra Mishra, unofficially
People were congratulating Mishra for his bold move. I call it particularly a bold move because he had already established himself as a respected journalist and a generous philanthropist, and yet was risking all the good name he had earned for himself for something which he considered more important than his good name and image.
Traffic Police in Kathmandu
As busy and hassling as the traffic system in Kathmandu is, the Traffic Police here have to handle an equally strenuous job. Over 1,400 traffic officers in and around the Kathmandu Valley battle against the pestering traffic and air pollution each day.
Menstrual taboo outdated
I have seen my sisters and friends isolated and treated in discriminatory manner during their first menstruation cycle. They were not allowed to look at the sun, to touch water source, flower, fruits, any male family member, nor even hear their voice. The activist may claim the situation has changed and I do agree but still during every month my loved ones turns into untouchables beings.