On May 30, KOSHISH participated in the consultation workshop organized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, Technology, and Social Development on the occasion of the 4th National Women’s Rights Day at the meeting hall of the ministry. The program, themed “Respect for Women: Identity of a Civilized Society,” brought together a diverse group of representatives of various government bodies and organizations to discuss women’s rights and the legal challenges they face.
Honorable Minister for Education, Culture, Science, Technology, and Social Development Mekha Lal Shrestha of Gandaki Province discussed women’s rights and the overall work done by the state. “There are plenty of laws, but putting them into effect is difficult. Everyone must take the lead in putting the policy into action,” Shrestha stated. He added that it is necessary to uphold both rights and duties in order to create a society that is civilized and just.
Separate working papers from INSEC, KOSHISH, and District Police were also presented in the program. INSEC Gandaki State Office Program Officer Sabnam Sharma presented a working paper on the status and challenges of women’s rights in the state while Binaya Pandey, a psychologist from KOSHISH, presented on the interrelationship and management of violence, and mental health and psychosocial problems. Furthermore, Shri Ram Timilsina, Inspector of Police, District Police Office, Kaski, gave a brief presentation on the legal provisions to end the growing violence in society. The Government of Nepal has declared Jestha 16 as National Women’s Rights Day in honor of four achievements in the field of women’s rights: citizenship by name, ensuring that at least one-third of women are represented in all state structures, repealing discriminatory laws, and ending violence against women.