This issue of advocacy update highlights epsecially about WOREC's 23rd anniversary and a detailed updates on other advocacy activities from January to April, 2014.
Women still continue to be unsafe in the private and public domain and are forced to live with fear throughout their life as violence against women (VAW) is increasing in an alarming way. And getting justice for them has become a mere nightmare. VAW, especially rape and sexual related violence has been increasing in a rampant way.
आर्थिक–सामाजिक अधिकारप्रति प्रतिवद्धताः न्यायमा महिलाको पहु“चको सुनिश्चितता विषयक नवौं राष्ट्रिय परामर्श गोष्ठी
मेरो शरीर ः मेरो अधिकार कार्यशाला
द्रुत न्याय प्रणाली र न्यायमा महिलाको पहुँच
संक्रमणकालीन न्यायः महिलाको दृष्टिकोणबाट
गर्भपतनसम्बन्धी बढ्दो निन्दा ः महिलाको स्वास्थ्य र हितका लागि चुनौती]
सामाजिक लेखा परीक्षण
चौथो महिला सामाजिक मञ्च
दहेज तथा महिला हिंसा न्युनीकरणका लागि हाम्रो भूमिका
वैदेशिक रोजगारलाई सुरक्षित बनाउन सरोकारवालाहरूको भूमिका
VAW, especially, the sexual violence cases is increasing in an alarming way. As evidenced by the documented cases, 78 women and girls suffered from sexual related abuses (Chaitra 2070, WOREC). It gives an alarm on the safety of girl's mobility and provides a fear for them to move independently. It not only jeopardizes the health and well beings of women and girls but also left them stigmatized.
क्रमिक रूपमा बढ्दै गएको दाइजो प्रथाले दिन प्रतिदिन हाम्रो समाजमा ठूलै चुनौती दिएको छ । विवाह गर्दा तिलक लिनु वा दिनु हुँदैन भनेर कानुनमा स्पष्ट किटान गरिएको छ । तर व्यवहारमा भने तिलक दाईजोको लेनदेन अहिले झन् बढ्दै गएको छ । नेपालको सामाजिक व्यवहार (सुधार) ऐन, २०३३ मा विवाह हुँदा तिलक वा दाइजो लिन दिन हुँदैन र यदि कसैबाट तिलक लिने वा दिने गरेमा सजाय हुने कुरालाई स्पष्ट व्याख्या गरिएको छ । नेपालका सबै जात जातिमा देखासिखिको रूपमा झाङ्गिदै गएको दहेज प्रथाले तराईका केही समुदायमा झन् गहिरो जरो गाडेको छ ।
Hunger, poverty, discrimination, exploitation, violence and misuse of resources are the major problems and challenges that humanity has been facing today. Over exploitation or misuse of natural resources, misuse of chemical inputs on the farm lands, green house farming have created a number of challenges that has threatened life of biological organisms including human beings as well as existence of planet Earth. Our traditional villages have all of these and other anomalies and problems at micro-level.
Violence against Women (VAW) is increasing, in an alarming way, every day. Women are subjected to different forms of violence- rape, domestic/social violence, murder, trafficking, sexual and mental harassment. As the country was observing International Women's Day, a woman from Saptari was found with critical burn injuries at her residence, a woman was rejected by her in laws for not providing them with a gold ring, a woman from Siraha was thrashed by her neighbors blaming as a witch.
Nepal has committed itself to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), 2000. Since then, Nepal has gone through many transformations: an armed conflict has ended; a monarchy has been abolished; the creation of a democracy has begun; a constituent assembly elected, dissolved and second constituent assembly elected; abortion has been legalized. However, while there has been a move towards equality and democracy, the status of women still remains a concern.
WOREC has attempted to shed light on the issues of VAW by documenting and compiling VAW cases from different sources like Networks, Women Federation and documenters from different districts. As evidenced by report, women are at high risk of domestic violence within the family. While studying the forms of Domestic Violence, the women suffer from dowry related abuses most.
Violence against women has reached its pervasive stage in Nepal. Home, the most safe place becomes the most unsafe space for women. Women do resist violence whether intimate, institutional and structural in their everyday lives in many ways. Recent publicized case of Chitwan where a woman committed suicide due to unable to bear the domestic violence meted out by her family members. Likewise, a woman from Sunsari district is thrown away from home; seeing no alternatives to live and not getting her basic needs, she attempted to suicide.