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'Women need economic empowerment and social security'

2022 Aug 30, 10:40, kathmandu
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"In the past, women used to only express freely in the Teej festival, but now, voices are being raised for women's rights throughout the year because we've done several political struggles," she reminded while talking about women's rights and Teej festival.

She expressed worry over growing cases of violence against women such as murder and rape, which she argued are sheer social challenges to them. "During Teej, women can also raise voices against social evils and launch a public awareness campaign," Minister Bhusal underscored.

Minister Bhusal however said it was the wrong trend in recent years to celebrate the Teej festival in a prodigal manner. It is the festival of reconciliation among sisters, families, and friends, she added.

Similarly, Nepali Congress leader Dr. Dila Sangraula viewed Teej as the religious and cultural festival of Hindu women. "It is the festival of love and harmony. This festival fosters love among couples and family," she said, adding that it can be observed by pointing out the need for economic empowerment for women.

She further said the social evils of the past as early marriage and oppression by mother-in-law are no more at present. We have now a democratic republic system. Dr. Sangraula urged the women not to be servile to their husbands as in the past.

Politburo member of the CPN UML, Sujita Shakya, also emphasized the socio-economic and cultural transformations of women regarding the celebration of the Teej festival. "Why people are more worried about food and ornaments at this festival," she wondered.

According to her, creative and collective campaigns would be helpful to curb such maladies.

Secretary of the CPN (Unified Socialist), Ram Kumari Jhankri, said she had regarded Teej as the festival of national unity. Teej is the festival of identity, but it has lost its traditional aura, she said, expressing happiness that this is observed even in international countries and among people from other faiths.



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