One in every three women in the world will be physically or sexually abused at some point in their life. In Nepal, 77% of these episodes of violence against women are reported as being from within the family. Worst of all, the majority of these cases go unreported.
When women are not safe on the streets or in their own homes - it devastates lives and stalls their potential. And that in turn holds back countries from equitable growth and development. A culture of violence against women leaves a devastating impact on societies.
It is time we break this silence and come together to talk and take action on this issue.
Experts from across South Asia will discuss these issues at a panel at the World Bank’s Spring Meetings in April. To inform these discussions, the Bank is sponsoring a contest for youth, ages 18-25, in eight countries across South Asia.
In Nepal, we want to hear your best ideas in response to the question:
“What Will It Take to End Gender-Based Violence in Nepal?”
Entries will be in the form of SMS (text messages). These may be up to 140 characters long, including spaces. Messages may be in English or in Nepali. Please include your full name, phone number, and email address, if you have one.
Submit them by SMS to 5455, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by postal mail to PO Box 798, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Or, to submit entries via Twitter, use the hashtag #endgbv to @worldbanksasia. We will message you through Twitter if your entry is selected as a winner.
Up to 10 winners will receive a compact video camcorder.
Entries must be received by 12:00 a.m. GMT on Friday, March 15.
If you have any questions, contact us on our World Bank Nepal Facebook page or email listed in the Call for Entires.