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ZONTA says no to violence against women 16 days’s of activism against gender based violence
Zonta International is a leading global organisation of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. It envisions a world in which women’s rights are recognised as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential. In such a world, women have access to all resources, are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men and no woman lives in fear of violence. Under the umbrella of Zonta International, the Zonta Club Kathmandu was established in 2012 and has been working with the same vision and objective as outlined by the international body. Nepal is the 64th country to have been officially chartered as Zonta Club Kathmandu, Nepal. Zonta Club Kathmandu is a legally registered NGO in Kathmandu and the Club is represented by 40 members from diverse backgrounds comprising of social activists, bankers, entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, architects, business leaders and professionals.
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence and Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women is one of the main focus areas of the Club. This year Zonta Club Kathmandu has picked the slogan – Raise Your Voice – which encourages women and young girls to break out of the shackles of silence and speak out. It also encourages males to raise their voices and change traditional mindset. The Club organised two programmes this year. The first programme was targeted towards the youth on November 30 with an objective to raise awareness and advocate on violence against the youth especially with regard to women and girls. The programme was conducted at St. Mary’s High School. The audience comprised of around 1000 students and teachers from both government and private schools.
The main objective of Zonta Club Kathmandu is to make the young aware of the issue. The programme incorporated visual mediums through a portrayal of a dance drama and a skit was used to reinforce the message and raise awareness on the depth of violence prevalent in society. The visual presentations were choreographed by renowned celebrity artistes Mithila Sharma and Deeya Maskey. Three guest speakers expressed their views on the topic of violence against women. They were Bandana Rana, Dil Bhushan Pathak and Nikita Chandak.
The second programme was held on December 10 at Hotel Annapurna where six speakers from the region spoke about violence against women in relation to women’s empowerment and shared their experiences with an audience that comprised of students, bureaucrats, bankers, NGO and INGO officials, diplomats, homemakers, women activists, educational institutions and the business fraternity. The speakers were: