ACORAB/CIN has organized a talk program to celebrate the 26th International Day for Violence against Women. Participants from different organization who are working and lobbying for the women rights shared their views about the role of media to eliminate gender based violence. They also appreciated the work of community radios of creating wider awareness on this matter. Meanwhile, they also expressed their suggestions to make the radio content more effective to address the issues in future.
Dr. Madhavi Bhatta from Truth and Reconciliation Comissionexpressed her opinion thatwomen should be aware about the basic women right and be able to differenciate the violence. She suggested the division of work and the right to information should be utilized equally and the strict implementation of the law for any kind of crime and violenc should be welcomed by any political or a common people.
Similarly, Ms. Shanta Dixit, Women Activist talked abot the difference in practice of upbringing of boys and girls in Nepalese culture. She shared that the culture has taught the men to be dependent on women conterpart unknowingly. Her suggestion was to practice the equal right from the school to enhance the feeling of respect and equal behaviour from the very young age.
Moreover, Ms. Sushila Shrestha, Vice-President of Beyond Beijing Committee expressed her views that women seemed to be weak and fragile but has resilience capacity to get back after even after a fall which is a lacking in male. She further said male counterpart should be taught to deal with the basic activities which may hamper them in absence of their wife or mother. She strongly asked media to pressurize political parties by making reports regarding gender specific commitments written manifesto.
Likewise, Ms. Rameshwori Pant suggested to radio journalists to use dramatic contents to raise further awareness about rights and remedies. She said proper implementation of the law and policy is necessary and suggested men to encougage in the mitigation of violence from their own home.
However, Ms. Gaura Nepali from Center for Dalit women said the degree of violence becomes more intense to a dalit woman compared to non-dalit due to various social factors. She suggested radio journalist to perform effective role ofwatchdog agencyspecially about the utility of the budget allocated for the empowerement of the women.
In addition, Ms. Bandana Danuwar expressed that change in the menatlity of person is the only ability to make difference. She said only a single day is not sufficient to talk and raise voice against the violence and recommeded radio to prepare a package of program for round the year. She also said that success stories and experiences of the senior people from a community should be broadcasted for sharing and learning to new generation.