KATHMANDU, March 5: On this year’s International Women’s Day, Care Nepal’s Women’s Week 2013 will include a series of events in and around the capital, starting from March 8.
A scooter rally on March 8 will start from Kathmandu Durbar Square at 8am and will conclude at Patan Durbar Square where the Art and Photography Exhibition will be inaugurated by senior artist Shashikala Tiwari.
Registration for the scooter rally is set at Rs 200 per participant and is an open call to anyone interested. According to Shreya Singh, Communication and PR Manager at Care Nepal, the proceeds from the rally will go to Saathi’s Domestic Violence Survivors’ Shelter and Hamri Baini, both organizations working for women.
“The rally has been organized mainly to raise awareness about gender-based violence and to create solidarity, gather people from all walks of life. It’s not just women who can participate; all those who are interested can participate in whatever vehicles they have,” said Singh.
The Art and Photography Exhibition from March 8 to March 10 at Patan Durbar Square will include paintings and photographs by eminent women artistes and photographers of Nepal. The exhibit will be open from 10am to 4pm; and the first day of the event will also include a workshop which will be conducted by artistes from Da Mind Tree, a Kathmandu-based art group.
The artworks on display will focus on and portray women’s issues and will also be on sale. 25% of the proceeds from sale will be given to Saathi and Hamri Baini. The exhibition is open to visitors for free.
Program schedules for March 9 include outdoor documentary and film screenings at Kathmandu Durbar Square from 6pm to 8pm. The program will be inaugurated by social worker and recipient of CNN Hero 2012 Pushpa Basnet.
“We have movie clippings on domestic and gender-based violence from various organizations like Saathi, including some from Care Nepal and documentaries from both amateur and professional documentary filmmakers,” informed Singh. The entrance to the event is free.