The Occupy Baluwatar movement, since its inception on December 28, 2012, has been providing a platform for voiceless Nepali women, upon whom injustice has been done, to seek state redress. As the government continues to turn a deaf ear to the calls, on February 14, 2013, the Occupy Baluwatar movement will mark its 50th day of protests calling for an end to violence against women and an end to impunity. February 14 also happens to be the day of One Billion Rising, a global campaign to end Violence against Women. A billion will rise worldwide, just as hundreds have in Nepal since December 28.
The 50th day of Occupy Baluwatar also coincides with Valentine's Day.
On the occasion, Occupy Baluwatar will celebrate bringing to light a new dimension to Valentine's Day under the theme "Love is you, love is me, love is respect".
The protest on February 14 will commence from 9:00-11:00 a.m. under the special Valentine's theme at Baluwatar as usual. The gathering aims to celebrate the women in our lives, the society and country by calling for an end to the violence that is inflicted upon them and asking for the apathetic state to be accountable to its citizens and deliver the victims the justice they deserve. From 11 a.m. onwards, in solidarity with the One Billion Rising global campaign, Occupy Baluwatar campaigners together with a number of organizations including women's rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will take out a rally that will move from the Baluwatar premise to the Shanti Batika grounds.
The Occupy Baluwatar protests will continue every day in front of Rastra Bank Gate from 9-11AM at least until March 26, 2013. Occupy Baluwatar is a movement led and organized by ordinary citizens from diverse backgrounds with solidarity from a number of different organizations and associations working together to fight violence against women and ensure that impunity is put to an end.