Zonta Club Kathmandu has organized a Digital Panel Session titled “Behind Closed Doors: Unleashing the Truth of Domestic Violence during COVID – 19”as a response to the increasing cases of domestic violence against women especially after the lockdown. The aim of the session was to bring awareness and find solutions to the increasing cases of violence against women amidst the Covid-19 crisis. This was the first session providing a holistic overview of the issue.
The government of Nepal had implemented a nationwide on March 24th to curtail the spread of Covid-19. Along with this, there has been an alarming increase of 40% in violence against women and girls in the country and especially in the case of domestic violence. As staying indoors has been regarded as preventive measures to curb the virus, vulnerable women are trapped inside their homes with the perpetrators having no access to safety. Likewise, the increase in thenumber of mental health issues and suicides is an area of utmost concern.
Ms. Bandhana Rana, Vice Chair of UN CEDAW Committee and one of the speakers from the panel commented “The Covid-19 pandemic has created havoc globally and has brought along another form of crisis which the UN has declared it as “Shadow Pandemic”. Shadow pandemic refers to the increase in the domestic violence amidst the Covid-19 crisis which needs to be priotized and addressed”
Zontian Seema Golchha, the President of Zonta Club of Kathmandu shared “Zonta Club Kathmandu aims bring attention to women and girls who have trapped and violated physically and mentally in their own homes by their perpetrators. With the digital panel session we hope to bring this issue forward to all and fight against it”.
The Session was moderated by the esteemed Ms. YashodaTimsina, DC Advisor / Editor and Former Commissioner at the National Information Commission.
The distinguished panelists included-:
Ms. Bandana Rana, UN Vice - Chair UN CEDAW Committee
SSP. Kiran Bajracharya, Nepal Police
Dr, Mita Rana, Associate Professor and Clinical Psychologist
Prof. Dr. Shashi Kumar Adhikary, Women’s Rights Activist and Senior Advocate
Mr. Sanjog Thakuri, Intersectional Feminist and Founder President of Hami DajuVai