Kathmandu, November 29

International Day of Women Human Rights Defenders was observed today by organising various programmes throughout the country.

An interaction programme was held in Kathmandu today by National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders and Women Rehabilitation Centre to mark the day.

Speaking at the programme, Mohan Ansari, spokesperson for National Human Rights Commission, said women human rights defenders were frequently victimised because the state and its mechanisms were not addressing their issues rightly.

Borna Bahadur Karki, chairperson, Press Council Nepal, said Nepali media had not been highlighting the achievements of women human rights defenders.

He accused Nepali media of not being gender-friendly.

Shrijana Pun, chairperson, NAWHRD, stressed on paying attention to issues of women human rights defenders. Other speakers highlighted the challenges faced by women human rights defenders due to discriminatory social structure and state mechanism.