Painting exhibition on GBV prevention
On March 11, 2014, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) and UNDP, in collaboration with Nepal Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), opened a weeklong painting exhibition titled "Masculinities, Gender Identities and the Role of Men in Prevention and Suppression of Gender Based Violence" at the NAFA art gallery, Naxal.
The exhibition features 30 paintings drawn by senior Nepali artists on the theme of gender experiences and violence. It presents how Nepali artists, male and female, perceive the manifestations of violence in different forms in our society. The paintings also provide a vision of a tolerant, non-discriminatory and violence-free society.
The exhibition, organized to mark the International Women's Day (IWD), constitutes a part of the awareness-raising component of MoHA/UNDP project on Armed Violence Reduction and Strengthening Community Security (AVRSCS). Addressing the opening of the exhibition Joint Secretary of MoHA Shankar Prasad Koirala said the project has been working to prevent different manifestations of violence, including armed violence, youth violence and gender-based violence. "I hope the paintings drawn by senior artists on the theme of gender and violence will help spread positive messages on preventing gender-based violence," he said.
The art exhibition follows the UNDP public event organized on 28 November 2013 at the Basantapur Durbar Square where Nepali artists produced 30 paintings centering on gender experiences and violence.
Addressing the opening ceremony, UNDP Assistant Country Director Mr. Dennis Curry said that though Nepal has made some significant progress in women's rights, some form of violence such as intimate and non-intimate partner physical/sexual/psychological abuse, human trafficking, early and forced marriage, son preference, and dowry-related violence, are still all too prominent in Nepal. "Therefore, it is essential for law enforcement and judicial systems to work together with governments, civil society and international partners to tackle the root causes of violence against women, support victims, and bring perpetrators to justice," he said.