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18 December 2013

Madhav GhimireHome Minister Madhav Prasad Ghimire has said the desired level of success has not been achieved in reducing violence against women due to the slackness in the implementation of the laws and policies in that regard.

Addressing an interaction titled ´Localisation of National Strategy and Action Plan against Gender Based Violence´ (GBV) organised by the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare in Lalitpur on Wednesday, Minister Ghimire said still there is the need of campaigners to work against gender based violence remaining at the forefront.

The Home Minister lauded the role of NGOs like Saathi in taking the government´s priorities to the grassroots level and expressed the belief that the conclusions drawn at such program would help in a big way in the implementation aspects of the national action plan.

“Men have a paramount role in rooting out gender-based violence from society,” he said, adding that initiatives have been taken to conduct the campaign against gender based violence with the help of football and cricket players recognising that using the players in disseminating messages against gender based violence would be more effective.

Underlining the need to wipe out incidents of gender-based violence, the main obstacle to building a civilized society, he suggested that the topic of gender based violence should be included in school curriculum itself for its effective implementation. He also underlined the need of publicising the positive activities in terms of fighting against this form of violence.

The Home Minister also pointed out the need of forming a joint mechanism comprising the government, non-government and stakeholders for controlling domestic violence against women, and working consistently to that end.

“The government is making efforts toward reforming the national laws for rooting out this problem and has in this connection formulated and implemented a one-year National Action Plan,” he said.

Secretary at the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, Dinesh Hari Adhikari, stressed the need of economic empowerment and expanding public awareness for putting to an end the gender-based violence, a blot on society.

President of the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA), Ganesh Thapa, said that it was necessary to change the society´s outlook towards women to wipe out the violence against women and other gender-based violence.

President of the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN), Tanka Angbohang, expressed the hope that the public awareness program carried out in collaboration with the cricket fraternity would help reduce the incidents of violence against women.

President of Saathi Nepal, an NGO, Bandana Rana said that the condition of women suffering from gender based violence across the country was pathetic and there was the need of bringing further improvements in the process so that the voice of the victims would be heard by the police administration.

On the occasion, presentations were made on the efforts carried out by Saathi´s different partner organizations in Achham, Dadeldhura, Kanchanpur, Bardiya, Kapilbastu and Banke districts for ending the gender based violence, achievements and the Challenges.

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