Women human right activists initiated a Collective Campaign for Women-Friendly Constitution from today onward by organizing a rally from Babar Mahal to New Baneshwor to pressurize the governmentIMG_9799.
Despite advocating for the recognition of women’s right as human right, the government’s indifference to their demands has caused fury among the women rights activists. The protest activities started from 10 am onwards with the participants chanting slogans to ensure women’s rights, ensure bodily integrity of women, and to provide citizenship from the name of mother, among others.
The rally marched from Babar Mahal to New Baneshwor and turned into a corner assembly, where various human rights expressed their views at the program. Dr. Renu Rajbhandari,Chairperson of Women’s Rehabilitation Center (WOREC) and National Alliance of WomenHuman Rights Defenders (NAWHRD), said that the law makers are not taking into accountthe demands of women. So, they should be pressurized to reformulate the constitution thatguarantees women’s rights. Sharmila Karki, from NGO Federation, Kalyani Shah from Mahila Suraksha Dabab Samuha, Benu Maya Gurung from Alliance against Trafficking in Woman and Children in Nepal (AATWIN), Bimala Tamang from Mahila Ekata Samaj,Radha Poudel from Action Works and Pratibha Pandey from Jagaruk Nagarik Samuha were among key speakers at the program. All the speakers emphasized on the need to pressurize government until the proposition of the women human rights activists are incorporated in the constitution.
There was an overwhelminIMG_5208g participation of activists and civil society organizations, including Forum for Women, Law and Development (FWLD), AATWIN, Sankalpa, Tewa, Legal Aid and Consultancy Center (LACC), Hamri Bahini, Community Action Center (CAC), Mahila Ekata Samaj, Pourakhi, NGO Federation, WOREC, NAWHRD, ShaktiSamuha, Women’s Foundation, and Women Forum for Women in Nepal (WOFOWON).The protest activities that started from July 30 will continue until the government addresses the demands of women human rights activists.