Women donate labour to mark their day

Bajura, March 8

The women of far flung villages in Bajura district celebrated the 107th International Women’s Day today amid various programmes.

Women of Rajalika in Badimalika VDC, donated labour for the construction of Choyakot Secondary School to mark the occasion. More than 150 women of Rajalika volunteered for construction of the school building with the slogan ‘Make Women Skilled and Self-employed by 2030’.

Women Rights Forum Bajura Chairperson Binita Rawal said, “We don’t want to confine ourselves to slogans and rallies. We’d rather choose action that can change the patriarchal beliefs prevalent in society. So, we decided to help with construction of the school structure.”

Stating that the school had long been reeling under financial crunch for infrastructure development, Dima Subba, a local  said, “We donated labour for onstruction of the school’s building as part of our social responsibility on the occasion of Women’s Day.”

Subba, who is also a teacher at the school, opined that while people advocated their rights, they most often neglected their responsibilities. “Instead of seeking change from others, we should begin the change by contributing something to the public,” she said.

“Usually when local women are invited to attend any formal function, only a few of them show up. However, this time, all of them participated in construction of the school and donated their labour. It’s a commendable effort,” said local woman leader Meena Khadka.

Various government and non-governmental organisations, both national and international, held a joint function in district headquarters Martadi.