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‘One Billion Rising’ held in solidarity against exploitation of women (Photo Feature)

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Kathmandu, February 14, 2017: One Billion Rising, a global movement in solidarity against exploitation of women, was celebrated today organizing various programmes.

It is known that 1 in 3 women in the world will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population of over 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls. One Billion Rising (OBR) is the biggest mass action being organized every year in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end to violence against women.

As part of the campaign, girls rise through dance to express joy and community and celebrate the fact that they have not been defeated by this violence.

Ujyalo Foundation, an organization actively working for women empowerment in Nepal conducted a dialogue on intergenerational leadership this morning. The session, participated by various women involved in the movement, sought to eliminate the gaps between the young feminists and experienced ones in Nepal.

Later in the afternoon, hundreds of youths held a rally from Baluwatar to Bhatbhateni, and a flashmob was performed. Hundreds other youths joined to watch and show the solidarity against violence of any kinds happening against women.

“Through these activities, we sought to give a message that we won’t tolerate and carry it on anymore. And, as we are aware, we can stop exploitation of any kind if we are together,” shared Amuda Mishra, Executive Director of Ujyalo Foundation. “This shows that women are rising. And hopefully, within this generation, we will see a gender just society,” she added.

Similar programmes were also held across the nation. Youths in Nepalgunj came ahead to raise a voice and awareness against Voice gainst Women and girls in the area. They performed dance and whistled to raise voice against Gender Based Violence as a part of the campaign. They also demanded the safe city and public spaces for the women and girls.

Photos Courtesy: Amuda Mishra and One Billion Rising Nepalgunj