At a time incidents related to sexual harassment against women are increasing in public transport in Kathmandu, Zonta Club of Kathmandu, led by President Meera Jyoti, along with Sajha Yatayat, Sabah-Nepal and Metropolitan Traffic Police have launched a joint campaign to end sexual harassment against women in public transport.
As in the past, Zonta Club has organized several different programs to celebrate '16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign' from November 25 to December 10. This year’s slogan is end of Child marriage.
Opening her statement, President Meera Jyoti expressed her club’s commitment to end sexual harassment against women in public transport saying that joining partnership with Sajha Yatayat and Metropolitan Traffic Police will greatly help raise awareness.
Zonta Club of Kathmandu is a legally registered NGO in Kathmandu working on the advancement of the status of women with the objective to improve the economic, education, health, and issues related to youth and violence against women at the national and local levels through service and advocacy
On November 24, 2018 ‘Campaign against Sexual Harassment in Public Transport’ was launched in presence of large numbers of people from different walks of life.
On the occasion of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign’ — observed from November 25 to December 10 — the Zonta Club of Kathmandu also distributed badges to “raise awareness about the activism on Violence Against Women.”
“We believe in action to end all forms of violence against women. This year we are launching campaign focusing to end the girl child marriage,” said President Jyoti.
Inaugurated by prominent actor Madan Krishna Shrestha, the program also includes training bus drivers and assistants to reduce the risk of sexual harassment in public transportation.
In two hours of the program, various speakers highlighted the importance of public awareness to eliminate violence against women in public transport. In the event moderated by Rupa Dixit, the chairperson of Zonta Club of Kathmandu said that this program aimed to generate awareness and prevent sexual violence against women in public transport.
Renowned Women Activist Chadani Joshi, who spent decades advocating for gender rights as Regional Director of UNIFEM South Asia and now adviser of Sabah-Nepal, said that the understanding about domestic violence has increased in Nepal in the last two decades. She said that there still is the need to go a long way to end sexual and other forms of violence.
Senior Superintendent of Police and head of Metropolitan Traffic Police Basant Panta said that Traffic Police has been taking action against sexual violence against women in public transport.
Delivering the vote of thanks, chairperson of Sajha Yatayat and human rights activist and journalist Kanak Mani Dixit expressed the happiness over the response of the people against sexual harassment in public transport. He said that the success of the campaign will depend upon the level of awareness generation against sexual harassment in public transport.