Kathmandu, April 24, 2015: Second phase of youth workshop on human rights was organised at Himalayan Whitehouse College, Baneswor by Kathmandu Imperial Leo Club and supported by Amnesty International and Nepal Youth Network. Almost 50 youth were participating the workshop with great enthusiasm and mobilization. The main theme of a workshop was â€œWe Innovateâ€¦We Chooseâ€.
With a warm welcome, program began with the National Anthem following a welcome speech by Sakshi Manot and short speech of dignitaries. The dignitaries were Director of Himalayan Whitehouse College Rupesh Shrestha, Co ordinator of Himalayan Whitehouse Akta Lamichhane and President of Maryada Nepal Asmita Berma.
This Workshop was intended to aware about human rights and constitution and role of youth the youth activism in Human rights. The first step to this genuine mission is advocacy and awareness in the issues that are tremendously emerging in our society. The workshop session was divided into three parts: Human rights and constitution, street harassment and gender inequality. The first part of workshop on topic Constitution and Human rights was conducted by Ms. Apekshya Niraula. As participants were divided in some group and given a group question on â€œHow will you see Nepal after 10 years?â€ The main Agenda discussed by Ms.Niraula was about human rights and constitution.
In second session the program about street harassment and gender inequality was addressed to end gender-based street harassment. The main agenda of this session was â€œStop Sexual harassmentâ€ in all factors like sex, race, nationality, religion, disability, or class. Harassment can be in any form like unwanted whistling, persistent requests for someoneâ€™s name, number or destination after theyâ€™ve said no, sexual assault, public masturbation and rape. Harassment is about power and control and it is often a manifestation of societal discrimination like sexism, homophobia, Islam phobia, classism, albinism and racism. No form of harassment is ever okay; everyone should be treated with respect, dignity, and empathy as said by the both of the presenter Nita Adhikari and Prashamsa.
The 3rd session conducted by Prapoosa KC was focused mainly on the Gender inequality stems from distinctions, whether empirically grounded or socially constructed. It is unequal treatment or perceptions of individuals based on theirÂ gender. The main theme of this session was Change attitude, Broadens horizons.
After the completion of three session, when asked the same question again, â€œHow will you see Nepal after 10 years?â€ the answer from the participants was completely different than before. To conclude this, workshop changed the peopleâ€™s perception and attitude. Start from you is the main theme of workshop.
At the end of the workshop, Srishti Sharma, leader of Literate Nepal gave orientation on Literate Nepal. LITERATE NEPAL is a nationwide campaign for securing Right to Education. After the research in different schools at Sindhupalchwok, Jhapa, Pharping and still ongoing research in different parts of Nepal the organizers will collect books, stationary materials and donations from the individual persons or institutions to enhance educational sector in the days to come. Demanding LITERATE NEPAL the campaigners will be focusing particularly on economically backward students all over Nepal. The main aim of the campaign is to help the students to secure their â€˜Right to Educationâ€™ by helping their status in different ways; Economical and Educational .
Photo by: Sangeet Poudel