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I was very delighted to know women of the world getting connected through World Pulse. I quickly signed up for it as soon I learnt about it. There are many gender issues which are required to be addressed and hence solved.

I am born in a very liberal family where both my father and mother believed in good education and freedom. I am lucky that I am allowed to make my own decisions. But this is not about me at home. As I step out of my house, a bunch of boys are always happily ready to make some remarks on my looks or whatever. I don’t think any girl feel secure in this world. My parents get worried if I stay out for late. Though they allow me to stay and do whatever I wish to, they say our society is not a safer place. If our society is not a safer place to live in, then where do we belong to? This always pinches me.

When we travel by public vehicles, we have to be aware if any hands are following us amidst that crowd. Even when we ride our own vehicle, those jerks passes by us speeding their bike. The Delhi rape case on December 2012 in India had caused dread to every girl and maybe every parent. Since then, many rape cases had revealed in Nepal too. A protest movement Occupy Baluwatar started since December 28, 2012 to address the widespread issues of impunity and Gender-based violence. It was mainly started due to the case of Sita Rai who was robbed and raped by Immigration officer from Tribhuvan International Airport after her return from Saudi Arab. She had worked as a domestic maid in Saudi Arab for four years and had return to her home country with fake passport. Then the movement moved forward carrying many other issues. It continued intensely for around four months but at the end, there was not any remarkable conclusion. Government changed which happens often in Nepal.

Beside these, there are many other unheard issues of gender-violence. I wonder there is no woman who hasn’t faced any harassment throughout their life. And it is indeed true that “No one speaks for me, I speak for myself”. So, we have to let these issues come out together and work for ourselves.

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