Youth Workshop on Human Rights

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Kathmandu, April 5, 2015: Kathmandu Imperial Leo Club and Amnesty International Nepal Youth Network organized a workshop on human rights focusing the group of youth. Almost 60 youth were participating the workshop with great enthusiasm and mobilization. The main theme of a workshop was “We Innovate…We Choose”.

DCS_0646With a warm welcome, program began with the National Anthem following a short speech of seven dignitaries. Apekshya Niraula, President of Kathmandu Imperial Leo Club and Founder Coordinator of Amnesty International Nepal Youth Network started the formal session of a program by a short and brief introduction of Leo Club. Following her Mr. Aman Maharjan, District Council Secretary,Rudra Hari Gaywali ,1st vice   of lions ,.DR Khanal, Cabinet Secretary of lions ClubDistrict 325A2 Nepal, Sudarsan Pradhananga, Designated Secretary of KILC, Madhukar Upadhaya,District Governor of lions presented their short speech about the youth workshop on Human rights and role of youths for the positive change in society.

This Workshop was intended to foster 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, 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 “How will you see Nepal after 10 years?” 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 “Stop Sexual harassment” in all factors like sex, race, nationality, religion, disability, or class. Harassment can be in any form like unwanted whistling, persistent requests for someone’s name, number or destination after they’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 presenters were also the victims of the street harassment.

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 their gender. The main theme of this session was Change attitude, Broadens horizons.

After the completion of three session, when asked the same question again, “How will you see Nepal after 10 years?” the answer from the participants was completely different than before. To conclude this, workshop changed the people’s perception and attitude. Start from you is the main theme of workshop.

At the end of the workshop the Kathmandu Imperial Leo club officially launched its next campaign LITERATE NEPAL: 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 ‘Right to Education’ by helping their status in different ways; Economical, Educational and even social as said by Sazjan Neupane one of the campaigner in the official Launch of the campaign LITERATE NEPAL.

By: Alysha Ghimire

Photo by : Sazzan Neupane

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