Rally, concert to mark International Peace Day organised

Kathmandu, September 21:

A peace rally was organised from New Baneshowr to Maitighar Peace Mandala to mark the International Peace Day today. A majority of the participants of the rally were women.

The programme was organised by the Peace Women Across the Globe, Sangat South Asia and Women Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC) Nepal in collaboration with various women organisations.

Portraits of noted women activists from different countries were also exhibited on the occasion.

Earlier, addressing the event, Indian women activist Kamala Bhasin said peace will eventually come when all people, including women, from around the world participate in the peace process.

“This proves that not only educated women like me are in the movement but also illiterate women who have to struggle for their survival are on the path of women’s liberation,” she said.

Dr Renu Rajbhandari, chairperson of WOREC, said the movement for women’s liberation has reached even remote villages where orthodox patriarchal doctrines still dominate.

Kutumba a musical band performed a concert on the theme of world peace on the occasion.

Meanwhile, a seminar on ‘peace in the context of Nepal after the conflict’ was organised by Shanti Shanti Sangh (SSS) today.

Addressing the event Rajbhandari said peace always comes after paying a price and joint efforts are needed to bring back peace in a conflict-ridden country.

Father Bill Robinson, principal of St Xavier School, shared his experiences on the peace process and political turmoil in Nepal.

Sergio Hayos Ramos from the UNESCO presented a paper on ‘The Main Features of Peace”.

A street drama, ‘Endless Journey’, by Sarbanam Group, was performed on the occasion. The drama has already been performed in 35 districts.