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Press Release #Men4Women: Men March on Women's Day

Kathmandu,

An unusual march was organized in Lalitpur on 8th of March to mark the 107th International Women's Day. The event entitled 'Paribartanka Laagi Padyatra' was an all-men march where about 200 male from different walks of life strode together to support women and their fight for equal rights. The march, inaugurated by Kalyan Shrestha, member of MenEngage Alliance Council for UN Secretary General and the former Chief Justice, started from Jawalakhel and covered Manbhawan, Kumaripati, Lagankhel before ending at Patan Durbar Square. The organizers said that this event was organized keeping in mind the fact that equal rights for women cannot be achieved without the involvement of men because men and boys are as much a part of the equation as women. Further, they shared that every issue concerning women along with ending the violence against them should be an agenda not only of the women, but of the men too. This event, they notified, would be continued in the future days to break the traditional norm and emphasize the role of men in achieving gender equality. Before the event, the participants wore a thick hair band on their wrist which they were supposed to gift it to the women in their life after the walk. The idea behind this was to help the men acknowledge and commit themselves against any discrimination concerning women. Following the event, the participants expressed their satisfaction in being a part of the cause and further opined that the fight against gender inequality should be started from every individual, every home. The march was organized in joint collaboration of antenna Foundation, CWIN, dance4life, Freedom Forum, Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists, Restless Development and Free Press Unlimited- the Netherlands.

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