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PRESS RELEASE

AYON and World Bank Competition for Youth: What Will It Take to End Gender-Based Violence in Nepal?

March 7, 2013


The Association of Youth Organizations Nepal and World Bank Nepal launched a competition for youth, ages 18-25, on best ideas in response to the question “What Will It Take to End Gender-Based Violence in Nepal?” The competition is part of the regional competition on the issue of gender-based violence launched in South Asia by the World Bank.

When women are not safe on the streets or in their homes, their potential – including their economic potential – is limited. And that in turn limits the potential of countries to grow and develop. Recent events which reflect an escalating trend of violence against women have ignited public awareness of sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence that affect women and girls in both the public and private spheres. This competition seeks innovative ideas from the youth on this issue, to further inform the ongoing discussions.

Submission in response to the question “What Will It Take to End Gender-Based Violence in Nepal?” will be in the form of SMS (text messages). Responses can be submitted in both Nepali and English. Responses can be up to 140 characters long, including spaces. Entries must be received by Friday, March 15, 2013.

Entries can be submitted by SMS to 5455, or by email to nogenderviolence@worldbank.org, or by postal mail to PO Box 798, Kathmandu, Nepal. To submit entries via Twitter, participants need to use the hashtag #endgbv to @worldbanksasia.  Participants need to include full name, age, phone number, and email address, if any.

The best entries will win a compact video camcorder. In addition, the winning messages may be highlighted at the World Bank’s Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C., as well as on the Bank’s and AYON’s website and social media channels.

Media Contacts
In Kathmandu
Rajib Upadhya
Tel : (+9771) 4226792 Extn. 6102
rupadhya@worldbank.org
In Washington
Gabriela Aguilar
Tel : (+202) 473-6768
gaguilar2@worldbank.org



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