Bhaktapur, December 28, 2017: Global Peace Women (GPW), a division of Global Peace Foundation Nepal, organized a workshop on Family as Peacebuilders: Strengthening Families for Peace 2017 at Gattaghar, Bhaktapur. The workshop was focused on improving communication and bridging gaps between the couples that mostly leads to minor to major fights.
11 married couples actively participated in the different games and sessions which highlighted on having tolerance on each other’s differences and learning effective communication. The sessions noted out the marital problems and explored different solutions to minimize them. The workshop provided a theoretical basis of understanding a couple relationships, interplay of individual and presented them with a practical framework for its application.
Bambie Panta, Chapter Representative of GPW Nepal and Couple Counselor, introduced GPW’s vision, mission and its programs. Acknowledging the language of love, she encouraged the couple to put why question forth than just pointing fingers at each other. “Many couples get mad at each other for their misbehavior without even considering why they are opting to behave in a certain way. Having conflict sometimes is quite normal and healthy to some extent but one should really seek help if it has turned into a routine,” she said.
The workshop facilitator, Susmit Sunuwar, encouraged the couples to cooperate with each other and emphasized the importance of strong and healthy family for a peaceful society. The couples were asked to let go of their grudges and taught several practical techniques for conflict resolution and have a healthy way of communication. “Couples highly lack the ability to communicate fantasies, difficulties and joys,” Sunuwar shared.
Nabin Shrestha, one of the participants was very happy to be part of the program. He shared his satisfaction, “I and my wife are glad to be part of this program as it helped us to learn how to strengthen our bond and the measures to minimize the problems for a better relationship. I never thought prioritizing or even considering my partner’s small needs can make such difference in one’s life.”
GFW has been running the Peace begins in the Home Campaign for a year now as it recognizes peace as a dynamic and positive process of building healthy and harmonious relationships among the couple.
By: Prashant Bhandari