The world nations observed the International Women’s Day 2019 on March 08, 2019 under the theme “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”.
#IWD2019 laid special emphasis on innovative ways to promote gender equality and women empowerment.
Achieving this requires innovative ideas that apply for all sections of the society, irrespective of gender.
This can be urban planning with emphasis on community safety to awareness platforms for women and girls, the establishment of affordable and quality childcare centers and bringing up of technology shaped by women.
All these initiatives in a collective manner help the society achieve gender equality at least by 2030.
Nepal, though a small nation, has seen rapid developments in the recent times.
Formation of the federal government functioning in the country is one major milestone in that direction.
Nepal observed the 109th edition of #IWD2019 under the theme: ‘Common Thinking and Equal Treatment for Gender Equality: Basis for Prosperity’.
On the occasion, various local government and private organizations have organized rallies across the nation calling for gender equality and women empowerment.
Addressing the nation on the occasion, President Bidya Devi Bhandari called on Nepali society to fight violence against women, subjugation and disparity.
The President pitched on the need for guaranteeing women rights, gender equality and women empowerment.
“At a time when the Constitution of Nepal has guaranteed women rights and the government has emphasized women empowerment and gender equality, to bring about positive changes via strategic provisions and institutional management, Nepal could be an exemplary country for all women,” reads the President’s statement.
“It is a matter of joy that the constitution has empowered women with rights,” Vice President Bahadur Pun said in a statement.
In his address, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli stressed on fight against ill practices such as ‘Chhaupadi’ and ‘dowry’ systems. On the occasion, PM highlighted women participation in state mechanisms.
Oli said the national resolution of ‘Prosperous Nepal Happy Nepalis’ will not be realized without a meaningful change in women’s life.
A special women’s day function was held in Kathmandu under the slogan ‘Equal Thought and Treatment: Base for Prosperity’. President inaugurated this function that was hosted by the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizen.
The US Embassy Nepal Youth Council and USAID Nepal organized a special program on the gender-balanced world, parity and empowerment. #BalanceForBetter
“Kudos to the @USEmbassyNepal Youth Council members & @USAIDNepal for coming together to create a fantastic program on how to work for a more gender-balanced world. What are you doing to promote gender parity & empowerment? #BalancedforBetter #IWD2019,” US Ambassador to Nepal Randy Berry said in a statement.