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.
Every year feminists from all over the world celebrate 16 days of Activism as an International day to end Violence against Women. With the slogan " Initiation of World peace from Home: Let's challenge Militarism and End Violence against women" , this year also 16 days of Activism had been celebrated by organizing different programs. The government of Nepal had also committed to reducing the violence against women since past few decades but has not been very successful. Due to this, VAW had reached its pervasive stage in Nepal.
Women Right Activists have long been drawing the attention of the concerned bodies about the increment of VAW cases since long time but 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. Recent case of Nepalgunj where a pregnant woman was brutally beaten by her own neighbor because of the death of a chick, luring to provide Rs 20, a girl of 4 year was raped by 44 year man in Sunsari district.
महिलामाथि हुने हिंसा विरुद्ध लामो समयदेखि नै महिलाअधिकारकर्मीहरुले सरकारको ध्यानाकर्षण गराइरहँदा पनि हिंसाका घटनामा कमी भने हुन सकेको छैन भन्ने कुरा हामीले दैनिक जसो पत्रपत्रिका र अन्य संचार माध्यमा बाट थाहा पाएकै हुन्छाँ । यस्ता हिंसाका घटनाले नेपाली महिलाहरुलाई यो समाजमा आफु असुरक्षित छु भन्ने त्रास झनै बढेको छ । जसका कारण महिलाले आफुमाथि भएको हिंसा विरुद्ध सहजै बोल्न नसक्ने अवस्था छ । यदि कुनै महिलाले बोल्न खोज्यो भने उनलाई विभिन्न प्रकारका डर, धम्की देखाएर कमजोर बनाइन्छ भने उनीहरुले आफुमाथि भएको घटनाबारे बोलिहाले पनि उनीहरुले सुरक्षाको अनुभूति र न्याय पाउन सकिरहेका छैनन् । &
In spite of the Supreme Court's order to make provision to continuous hearing and speedy justice of Violence against women and other serious Human Right Violation cases, there has been increasing number of violence cases in the country. Women are subjected to different forms of violence- rape, domestic/social violence, murder, and trafficking, sexual and mental harassment.
The real change will not happen if we don’t change the way society thinks about women's body, work and sexuality. Therefore, there is a need to speak clearly about sexual rights as the issue has been silenced even in “progressive and politically correct spaces.”
SRHR can be a strategic tool of challenging social norms that discriminate individuals who ascribe to different sexual behavior and practices than that of the predominant one. As mentioned earlier, it can create a platform where alliances can be made with various groups that have been vulnerable to abuse because of their identities. The future focus on SRHR should be able to create spaces for conversations to impact broader structures of power.
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