Nepali National Convention 2018 , Chicago – Women’s Forum

September 5, 2018

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National Convention 2018 , Chicago – Women’s Forum was launched on Sept-2nd at the Hilton Hotel in Rosemont, Chicago, IL and the program was highly successful. The forum was discussed “Domestic Violence and Women empowerment” . The Forum Coordinator, ANMA board member Ms Urmila Panthi was running the Women ‘s Forum.

The Forum was delivering various messages to audiences regarding the topics through power points and speeches with skills many speakers and also were given related resources. Some important messages were; introduction of domestic violence , domestic abuse or relationship abuse is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship that does not discriminate.

Messages were continue discussed and delivered that anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender can be a victim or perpetrator of domestic violence, it can happen to people who are married, living together or who are dating, and it affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels etc. Forum also discussed many different forms of domestic violence and it’s effects.

Since Chicago has large immigrant population, the Forum coordinator Ms Panthi explained Domestic violence is against the law regardless of anyone’s immigration status, and also explained if there questions and concerns she referred to the WomensLaw that provides lawyer referrals in any area and advised avidness to consult one of them before proceeding with any course of action.

At the forum , Ms Radhika Sharma –Manager of Education and Outreach at Apna Ghar, Inc Chicago also spoke as a guest speaker. Apna Ghar, Inc. (Our Home) provides holistic services to women and children across immigrant communities in the Chicago area to end the cycle of domestic violence. Apna Ghar empowers women to be self-sufficient by a full spectrum of services from education to emergency and transitional housing to counseling and legal services. (Visit www.apnaghar.org for more information).

The Forum also discussed some deeply rooted the Nepalese paternal society’s ancient thinking and some actions that is still persist and hurting Women’s self-esteem and development in broad Nepalese communities even though we are living broad more that since two decades.

Single parent raising kids were discussed as an examples where a single father raised kids as a “bread winner”-society gives him “bravery “ tile where as a single mother raised kids as a “bread-winner” –society still gives her –“poor -her” tile.

The forum discussed these types of social mentality needs to change. In the forum, thought out the program -Ms Panthi has distributed various door prizes that was donates various women leaders to the audiences and thanked to all the participates .

Complete Live Program can be viewed here:

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