Men hold march to express solidarity with women

KATHMANDU: More than 100 men on Wednesday, March 8, held a march in Lalitpur expressing their commitment against violence against women and girls.

More than a dozen youth organisations had joined hands to hold the Men's March: Men against Violence against Women and Girls, on the occasion of the 107th International Women's Day.

The rally had begun from Jawalakhel and passed through Pulchok, Gabahal and Mangalbazaar before converging into the assembly at the Patan Durbar Square.

Women in almost the same number had supported the event by joining the concluding assembly.

As one of the senior most participants of the rally, former Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha addressed the meeting, saying real men would never discriminate against and suppress women.

"Being born as a man does not necessarily mean that you should belittle the women around you," he said, "Rather, the opposite is true."

Youth activists Naren Khatiwada and Tilottam Paudel had also addressed the function.

Youth poets Nawaraj Parajuli and Rubina Shrestha had recited their poems against violence against women.

President of Yuwalaya, the organisation coordinating the event, Sanjog Thakuri said his organisation had been coordinating such events to express men's solidarity with women on every Women's Day since 2014.