Cycle rally to raise awareness against VAW cases

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KATHMANDU, APR 12 – Various youth organisations on Saturday took out a female-led cycle rally in the Capital demanding political commitment to end violence against women.

The rally which began from Tinkune and reached offices of major political parties asking them to ramp up their efforts towards addressing the deteriorating women rights situation in the country.

According to a report published by Women’s Rehabilitation Centre, 199 incidents of rape were reported in 2014 alone. Among them, 105 victims were minors. While a report of the Informal Sector Service Centre for 2013 shows that 215 minor girls were raped in the year and 52 others were victims of various forms of sexual violence. The situation does not seem to be in control yet as similar incidents have been reported in 2015 as well.

Upon receiving the protesting youths at Nepali Congress party office, NC lawmaker Mahalaxmi Upadhyaya assured that voices against the horrifying trend will be raised in the Constituent Assembly through the women caucus.

Similarly, Bina Shrestha, member of the CPN-UML Central Committee and Women Department, said the party’s general convention has already formulated necessary codes of conduct to tackle the issue and it will be implemented at all levels of the party.

On behalf of the UCPN (Maoists), lawmaker Ganeshman Pun said, “Our party and its youth wings take violence on women very seriously and will take measures towards that end.”

The cycle rally was conducted jointly by the Association of Youth Organisations Nepal (AYON), Cycle City, Youth Connection Centre and Youth Female Forum as part of the “My Rights, My Voice” programme that advocates for women rights. The rally concluded by participating in a human chain formed at the Bagmati river celebrating the 100th week of the campaign to clean the river.

AYON President Brabim Kumar KC said proper implementation of existing laws, necessary amendments to them and prompt implementation of international human rights laws to which Nepal is a signatory are the effective steps to end violence against women.