Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Stories of women-Nepal

To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, US Embassy will be screening documentaries, which deals with various issues related to violence against women for 16 days. Documentaries from different countries including Nepal will be showcased in the festival. The film festival, which starts on November 27, will end on December 10, which is the International Human Rights Day.
Stories of widows in Nepal, trafficking of Nepali girls to brothels in Mumbai, miserable state of women during the war, discrimination of women even in educated communities and how prevalent norms and traditions in society work against women have been depicted in the selected documentaries.
Speaking at a press conference organised at the US Embassy on November 26, Randy Berry, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy highlighted the plight of women in Nepal and other countries. He then welcomed all the males present to come and put on a white ribbon, as November 26 is White Ribbon Day and support the White Ribbon Campaign. The campaign has been initiated to encourage men to never commit, condone or remain silent against violence against women. It is an approach for men’s opposition against men’s violence.
The festival will begin with the screening of a Nepali film ‘Born Again’ which is about the status of widows in Nepal and shows how they have been victimised by some traditions.
Film screenings will begin at 12.30 pm at the US Embassy and are free and open to public. For reservations call Janaki at 4007200, extension 4357.

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