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16-day campaign against gender-based violence begins from today

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KATHMANDU: NOV. 25 – A 16-day campaign against gender-based violence has started today (Thursday). This year, from Mangsir 9-24 (Nov. 25-Dec. 10), various awareness programs against violence against women are being organized around the world and voices are being raised for ending violence.

In this regard, various organizations working in the field of women and adolescents, including the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens, National Commission for Women and Adolescents in Nepal, are conducting various programs against violence for 16 days from Thursday.

Nepal has set a slogan for the campaign against gender-based violence this year, ‘Let’s start at home, end violence against women’, and the international slogan is ‘Orange the World: End Violence Against Women Now’.

The government has also called on the federal, state and district coordination committees to organize programs from 753 local level to ward level and school level with the objective of making the campaign against gender-based violence effective including social awareness.

In the context of the campaign, interactions will be held for 16 days on issues such as good practices for the prevention of gender-based violence, access to justice, harmful practices of violence against women, and the impact of COVID-19.

On November 25, three adventurous sisters in the Dominican Republic (Patria, Minerva, and Maria) were assassinated at the behest of the then-dictator. Latin American countries commemorated the bravery of the three sisters and observed November 25 as the day against violence against women.

Three decades later, on December 17, 1999, the United Nations General Assembly declared November 25 as the International Day Against Violence Against Women.

Since then, the days from November 25 to December 10 have been celebrated by organizing awareness programs around the world as a 16-day campaign against violence. The 16-day campaign against gender-based violence has been celebrated in Nepal since 2054 BS.

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