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    Posted April 29, 2012 by
    Sahayata
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    Kathmandu
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    Walk For Respect- the Nepali version to SlutWalk

     
    It was glistering hot this Saturday afternoon when a group of teenagers gathered at Sundhara. In about half an hour the area was crowded with people of ages women and men.
    This was going to be the ‘Walk for Respect,’ The Nepali version of the global campaign SlutWalk. “I heard about it through Facebook, said Sangeeta Parajuli, 17 who shared her reasons for supporting the cause. “I bet there isn’t a single girl who can claim of never having faced street harassment,” she said while others present there supported her.
    Ram Babu Shah, National Communications Officer at the United Nations UN was also present at the event. Talking to the reporters there he said, “UN will always support campaigns raised against violence on women.”
    In Nepal Prakrit Nepal, Nischala Aryal, Rakshya Chalise, and Deepshikha Adhikary were the initiators of the event. The three girls are law students at the Kathmandu School of Law and the idea began after one of their lectures on Violence against women.
    The rally moved from Sundhara, to Purano Buspark back to Sundhara and to their final stop at Bansantapur. The rally ended with poems recitation and an announcement of a whistle campaign.
    The idea is that, every girl carries a whistle in her bag and uses it when she faces any kind of harassment as an alarm. “Since pepper spray is not available in Nepal and deodorants might take up time we came up with the idea of whistles,” explained Bandhana Shah the idea instigator of the Whistle Campaign.
    In a society where patriarchy is deep rooted, this first of its kind campaign can be taken as a step forward and a new hope in bringing forth women relate issues.


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