Girls to herald social change

Kathmandu, February 18:

The country office of the Washington DC based Center for Development and Population CEDPA) has picked up over 170 girls from three selected districts known for their backwardness — Mahottari, Udayapur and Baglung — for the fourth national congress to driving home the point that “women can be catalyst for social change.” The event has been scheduled in the capital through February 26-27.

The event will draw the attention of the members of the political establishment towards the need to address issues related to reproductive health awareness among adolescent girls. Issues of concern for the CEDPA include glaring statistics which say that 60 per cent of the girls marry before they are 16 while infant mortality rate is highest in the world at 64 per 1000 live births. The local organisers have claimed that participants have been picked based on their potential and track record of leading their communities. Yet another yardstick is ensuring representation of girls from backward and geographically representative region.