FORUM OF WOMEN JOURNALISTS & COMMUNICATORS

Bringing Back Smiles

The statistics from judicial and administrative agencies in Nepal show an increasing trend of complaints being fi led related to gender-based violence (GBV). Data from Nepal Police for the last 10 years revealed that crimes including rape, attempted rape and domestic violence are on the rise. Compared to the fi rst nine months of (fi scal year 2010/11-2018/19), reported cases of rape have increased by 127 compared to the same period in fi scal year 2018/19 and data also shows an increment in reports of domestic violence. Th e rising number of GBV cases being fi led indicates that the number of people who believe ‘violence should not be tolerated’ is growing. However, it is also indicative of how families and society have been affl  icted by the prevalence of unequal gender relations. Th e government has been pushing the agenda of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’. Violence never makes anyone happy, therefore, in order to gain happiness GBV needs to be eradicated, culprits must be punished and family misunderstandings reduced. Th ere have been initiatives to reduce GBV emphasizing awareness raising and family rehabilitation and in addition to the work by non-governmental organizations, the commitments made by the federal, provincial and local governments are encouraging. Th anks to such positive initiatives, survivors of GBV and domestic violence have been rehabilitated with their families and society, and the perpetrators have been punished by law. Th is anthology has been produced by Sancharika Samuha in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to highlight positive initiatives and success 
stories. Th e booklet contains success stories from Sindhuli, Okhaldhunga and Udayapur districts and incorporates the cases of GBV survivors who have been rehabilitated and reunited with their families and the roles played by representatives at the local level to reduce gender inequality. 

Published Year: 2019-01-01
Copyright:sancharika samuha
Language: English