People from all walks of life took part in a march to express solidarity to a global campaign to end violence against women , rise for justice and promote gender equality in Kathmandu on Saturday.
As a part of the One Billion Rising campaign, launched in 2012 by the United Nations to end all forms of violence against women and promote gender equality, the Women for Human Rights had organised the march that saw participation from more than 200 people. With the theme ‘Let’s dance to end the violence against women and rise for justice and gender equality’, the rally started from Bhadrakali and moved through different parts of the city before converging into a candlelight vigil at Hanuman Dhoka.
According to the organisers, the ‘billion’ in the campaign refers to the UN statistic that one in three women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime. In 2012, the One Billion Rising became the biggest mass global action to end violence against women with tens of thousands of people participating in the campaign held in more than 190 countries, including Nepal.