Countering Violence against Women in Conflict-torn Nepal

BY JANNIE KWOK
Apr 23, 2010

Tradition and conflict in Nepal have vanquished community safety networks that protect women against violence, but one village is taking dramatic action.

Building awareness of these effects on women, their families, and communities is a way to create an environment where gender-based violence is not tolerated. The Asia Foundation has supported Aarohan Theatre, which pioneered this interactive theatre format (Kachahari) in Nepal, to train their district-level partners to use this new technique and engage the public to critically reflect and act on gender-based violence challenges. The local theatre groups are performing more than 120 shows, reaching more than 36,000 people.

 

This article was originally published in The Asia Foundation's blog in Asia.