Zonta Club of Kathmandu launches campaign against gender-based violence and child marriage

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Kathmandu: The Zonta Club of Kathmandu has launched a campaign to raise awareness on the importance of speaking up against domestic violence, work/public place harassment and child marriage.

The initiative coincides with the United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence from November 25 to December 10.

Women continue to make up the bulk of victims of abuse but often do not report it due to stigma and fear of not being believed and supported, reads a press statement.

“Very often we hear people justify violence by saying it happens sometimes, so let it be. These short films deliver the vital message that violence/harassment and child marriages are never okay – not one time, not ever and one must speak up,” says Seema Golchha, President of Zonta Club of Kathmandu. “The video, we hope, will encourage victims to seek help and let them know of the helpline options where they can safely call and speak up.”

As part of the initiative, Zonta will also stage a series of street plays in public places in Kathmandu starting December 1. “We will continue to promote the campaign message of speak up against gender-based violence and child marriage through street plays as it is a very effective medium in spreading social messages,” says advocate Ratna Karki, member of Zonta Kathmandu.